Strasburg VA Heritage Association Podcast
By Strasburg Virginia Heritage
Our podcast shares stories, information, interviews, and promotes events related to our mission of preserving the history and culture of the greater Strasburg Virginia Community.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Keeping in the holiday spirit, this episode features a reading of the classic editorial, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to providing more folk stories and historical information in 2022.
December 21, 2021
History of the Colonial Inn and the mural in the Strasburg Post Office
Danielle Rinker, a student at Strasburg High Schools reads articles from the Strasburg Heritage Association's newsletters about the history of the Colonial Inn and the mural in the Strasburg Post Office. To see all of the archived Strasburg Heritage Association's newsletters, please visit our website!
November 24, 2021
Ghost Stories from the Balzer Huber House and the Hotel Strasburg
Listen as former owners of the Balzer Huber House and the Hotel Strasburg share stories of resident ghosts on the respective properties. The Strasburg Heritage Association "Living Ghost" Tours will be Saturday, October 30th from 6 to 8 pm. The tours begin at the Strasburg Market Square Pavilion in downtown Strasburg. The cost is $5 and the event is family-friendly. We hope to see you there!
October 23, 2021
A History of Strasburg High School Annuals
Mia Dodson, a student at Strasburg High School, shares the history of Strasburg High School's annuals. The story was written by Laura Ellen Beeler Wade and her husband, Bill. The story originated in the 2017 Winter edition of the Strasburg Heritage Association Newsletter. All of our newsletters can be found on the Strasburg Heritage Association website.
September 23, 2021
Interview with Olivia Hilton about the Vintage in the Valley Event
Olivia Hilton, Interim Director of Community Development for the Town of Strasburg shares information about the Vintage in the Valley event which will be on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 10 am to 4 pm. The Strasburg Heritage Association will be sponsoring two presentations in the Strasburg Emporium on the history of the Silk Mill. Judge Steve Platt will be doing the presentations with the first one being at 11 am and the second one at 2 pm. Judge Platt's family owned the Silk Mill for many years. We hope you take the time to attend one of the presentations and check out all the other great attractions and activities. Check out this flyer that shares event information.
August 24, 2021
The Story of Keller's Mill located in Fisher's Hill, Virginia
The history and stories related to Keller's Mill is shared by Mia Dodson. The story was written by Kathy Kehoe and can be found in the Fall 2016 Strasburg Heritage Association Newsletter. All of our newsletters can be found on the Strasburg Heritage Association website.
June 25, 2021
Stories from our archived newsletters - Fort Hill, Strasburg Junction, Picket Fences, and the digging of the Massanutten Tunnel
Stories from our archived newsletters - Fort Hill, Strasburg Junction, Picket Fences, and the digging of the Massanutten Tunnel. The first three stories were written by Doug Cooley. The story on the digging of the tunnel through the Massanutten Mountain to provide a water line to Strasburg was an article from the Strasburg News.
May 21, 2021
Fisher's Hill Battle and Reunion Picnics
In this episode, we hear Cameron Froemel, a student from Strasburg High School share stories on the Battle of Fisher's Hill and the reunion picnics that would follow. Check out more stories and information about the Strasburg Community by visiting the Strasburg Heritage Association website.
May 07, 2021
I Love this Town - Strasburg, VA
In this episode we hear from local people expressing why they love their town of Strasburg, Virginia. They include Doug Cooley, Elizabeth Alsberry, Doug Spengler, Elna Brown, Rochella Strother, Charlotte Downey, and Virginia Cadden. Rochella Strother is only one that has not passed away. The reading of the Strasburg News article and the singing of "Oh Shenandoah" is done by Richard Follette. We hope you enjoy listening to the many reasons Strasburg is such a special place. To watch a video using this audio track, please visit our website and view the video with the same title. Check out more stories and information about the Strasburg Community by visiting the Strasburg Heritage Association website.
April 19, 2021
Interview with Judge Perry Sarver
This episode contains portions of an interview with Judge Perry Sarver from 2002. Judge Sarver was a well-respected attorney and judge that resided in Strasburg from 1962 until his death in 2006. Judge Sarver shares about local businesses in the Strasburg Community, the "Liberty Trees" project sponsored by the local chapter of the Jaycees, why he chose to reside in Strasburg, and how he began his law career. Check out more stories and information about the Strasburg Community by visiting the Strasburg Heritage Association website.
March 10, 2021
Sunset Hill School - Stories from Strasburg's African American School
Rochella Strother and the late Elizabeth Alsberry share stories from when they attended Sunset Hill School. The first school for Strasburg’s African American population was called the Queen Street School and was located at the end of West Queen Street. That building housed grades 1-7 until 1929 when it burned. A new school, called Sunset Hill Colored School was built with the support of the local African American Community including the “Strasburg Colored Elks.” Students continued to complete their elementary education in this building. Anyone wishing to attend High School was bused to Frederick Douglas School in Winchester. The county did not provide free transportation until the 1950s. This trip discouraged many from completing their education. Life at Sunset Hill was often difficult. Until the 1950s, there were no indoor restrooms or water fountains. Students brought their own lunches since there was no cafeteria. Heat was provided by a stove that was stoked by students. Books had to be bought and were usually second-hand books from the white schools. However, the education program provided by African American teachers was very intense. These teachers and the members of the community were determined to provide their children with the type of education they needed to be successful. Many wanted to show their kids, and the white children in the community could be equally successful. This meant discipline was strict, expectations were high, and community involvement in the school program was a given. Shenandoah County continued to operate segregated schools until 1964 when the last of the county’s 100 African American students were given permission by the state to attend the white schools. Sunset Hill School closed that year and is today used for storage. There is a Sunset Hill Alumni group that is working on keeping the history of the school alive. A historical roadside marker commemorating Sunset Hill School was dedicated and unveiled on November 14, 2020. Check out more stories and information about the Strasburg Community by visiting the Strasburg Heritage Association website.
February 12, 2021
Stories of the Strand Theater
Listen to stories from people that attended movies and events in the Strand Theater which was located in downtown Strasburg, VA back in the 1930s through the 1950s. The building today is the home of the Box Office Brewery. Visit our Strasburg Heritage Association website to find more folk stories and historical information about our community.
January 29, 2021
The Virginia Restaurant
Listen to Kathy Kehoe, the author of this Folk History from the Strasburg Heritage Association Fall 2009 Newsletter, share stories and facts about this iconic restaurant that used to reside on King St. in Strasburg, Virginia.
January 15, 2021