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We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement". Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history within the Lovettsville Museum. Plan your next outing to visit the museum, attend our monthly events and lectures or arrange a group tour. The Lovettsville Historical Society offers research resources and assistance.

2015 Lecture Series

The Big Left Turn:
Germans into the Shenandoah Valley

Sunday, May 17 at 2:00

by the Rev. George Handley

The German families that settled in what is now the Lovettsville area before the American Revolution,  were part of a much larger movement of  German “Palatine” immigrants who first arrived in the colonies of New York and Pennsylvania, then moved westward and southward into Maryland and the Valley of Virginia.

The story of this great movement along the frontier will be presented by the Rev. George Handley, one of the nation's leading historians of the German emigration to North America and their settlements  in the colonies from upstate New York to Georgia.

The first large groups of German emigrants, came to the Hudson Valley of New York and southeast Pennsylvania, as well a smaller group to Georgia, in the early 18th century. As families grew, and farm land was bought up or used up, these German pioneers moved further west. But when they got to the mountains, they took what Rev. Handley calls “the big left turn,” moving south, through Maryland and into the Shenandoah Valley.

This great movement of Germans, and also Scots-Irish, into the western frontier, was welcomed by the English settlers in Tidewater Virginia, who saw these frontier settlements as a buffer between the English settlements and the Indians. The Germans in the Valley in fact lived peacefully with the Indians until the outbreak of the French-Indian War in the 1750s, while establishing highly-productive farms and mills.

Pastor Handley is the former president of the Lutheran Archives Center in Philadelphia, and served for over two decades on the Archives Center board, and was also the archivist of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 12 years. He was raised in the Hudson Valley of New York, has served congregations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as the Virgin Islands, and has also served in administrative positions in the Lutheran Church.
 The program will be held at the historic St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be welcome to defray expenses of the program.


Upcoming Lectures:

June 21  (Note date change) "Lovettsville's Luther H. Potterfield" -- Edward Spannaus, Vice-president of the Lovettsville Historical Society, will follow up the April Mobberly lecture, with a talk on the life of Luther H. Potterfield, who played a key role in the effort to capture or kill John Mobberly, and who then  spent decades seeking compensation for the burning of his barn by Mobberly sympathizers.

July -- Date TBD:  "The Blazer Scouts," presented by Darl L. Stephenson, author of Headquarters in the Brush: Blazer's Independent Union Scouts, the story of a select group of scouts and sharpshooters, which was created in 1863 to fight the bushwhackers in the mountains of West Virginia, and who were then charged by Gen. Philip Sheridan to take on John Mosby and his partisan Rangers.

August 9 -- "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"  presented by Lovettsville folk artist Kara Mueller.

November 8 (note date change) -- The 250-year history of Lovettsville's New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, a program presented by the New Jerusalem 250th Anniversary Committee.


Cub Scouts Visit Lovettsville Museum

Part of a group of Tiger Den and Bear Den Cub Scouts who visited the Museum on Dec. 17, and listened to LHS Board Member and former Mayor Elaine Walker (rear center) talk about  life in Lovettsville when she was growing up here.


The Museum at Christmas



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