The latest episode of “Road Trip to History” will feature seven Shenandoah Valley Museums, one of which will be our own Clarke County Historical Association Museum. The series airs on PBS and features half hour programs on the history and culture of different towns, regions or events in America.
Wayne Bronson, Executive producer with Oak Tree Productions and creator of the “Road Trip to History” series, focused the upcoming episode on some of the outstanding museums located throughout the valley. Wayne said,”While we were taping the Road Trip programs we discovered that several of the historic communities we had featured in the series had outstanding museums.”
Wayne’s experience with local historians, teachers, and storytellers presented an opportunity for a different spin on the areas they had previously visited. “There is nothing that celebrates and unites a community quite like a museum. Many museums start with a simple gift, a treasured family heirloom; a gift of an item that represents a cornerstone of local history. Around this gift the community gathers, first to touch and hold the item, and then to protect and nurture, and soon a museums is born. Museums provide a place to study and preserve our history, culture and heritage.”
The Museums featured in Shenandoah Valley episode are:
- Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town, WV. Home of the wagon that carried John Brown to the gallows.
- Clarke County Museum in Berryville, Va. This museum also includes the Old Mill in Millwood, Va.
- Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Va. Each quilt tells a story.
- Woodstock Museum of Shenandoah County. Located in two historic homes in the heart of Woodstock.
- Mount Jackson Museum, with a fantastic display of Civil War items.
- Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va. Living display of Shenandoah Valley history.
- Warren County Museum in Front Royal, Va. Located in three historic homes including the Belle Boyd Cottage.
The episode is scheduled to air as part of a “Road Trip to History” pledge drive Thursday May 19th starting at 8 PM on WVPT Public Television. In addition to Shenandoah Valley Museums, WVPT will also include in this pledge drive, The Battle of Shepherdstown, Civil War in Jefferson County and The Historic Gardens of Virginia.