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S18C13 Folk Ways and Lore of the Shenandoah

Venture into the gaps and hollows and along the river Native Americans called "Daughter of the Stars." Follow in the footsteps of the first explorers and homesteaders west of the Blue Ridge and visit sites of historic events while learning some of the legends and stories. Who is really buried in Adam Miller's tomb? We will investigate facts about the "Hessian and the Continental." What is the "mystery" at Cedar Cliff Falls? Do you believe in ghosts? Visit 200-year-old log cabins and homesteads and enjoy a horse drawn wagon tour through Elkton. Experience a lesson in learning dynamics at a historic one-room schoolhouse and visit an eastern ghost town. Explore historic cemeteries and dowse for unmarked graves. Try your hand at tomb rubbing and visit mountain churches. Stories and folkways will reveal everyday living in the seventeen, eighteen, and early nineteen hundreds. We shall learn "what's fixin on the stove."

Saturday, June 30 is a Hootenanny which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, where the Weaver Hollow log cabin finally came to rest. Join Sandy and Jim at Rabbit Run for food, fun, stories, and music. They'll provide the main course and class participants will volunteer to bring sides or desserts to share. Ya'll come join us!

Note: This is a 23-hour course, limited to 24 participants. We will be carpooling to sites and events and walking on uneven ground. Please be aware that if you are unable to walk over uneven ground unaided this class is not recommended. A signed JMU Assignment of Risk Waiver is required of all participants.

Cost: $50 to LLI at time of registration and additional $35 to Sandra Conrad at first class. This additional fee has been added to cover the Wagon Master, donations as courtesy to hosts of sites and special guest speakers and performers.

Instructors: LLI member Sandra Conrad is a past presenter for LLI and has partnered with Jim Lawson in former local heritage classes. She is a retired decorative arts professional and a former restaurateur. Jim Lawson is a past presenter focusing on his mountain heritage. He has volunteered for Road Scholar programs, Shenandoah National Park, and Master Naturalist programs. Jim is a retired statistician from USDA.

Additional Fee: $35 to Sandra Conrad at the first class.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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