Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church

Listed on the National Register of Historic Place the present stone church dates from 1756. It served as the site for Liberty Hall Academy from 1777 until 1780. While the church has gone through many changes, its main portion incorporates the wall of the 1756 structure, and, as such, is the second oldest Presbyterian church … Continue reading Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church


Capt. John McDowell among area’s first settlers

Reprinted from: The News Leader-Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County, Virginia © 2017 (www.newsleader.com) All rights reserved. Nancy Sorrells, Contributor 9:05 p.m. ET  May 14, 2014 FAIRFIELD -The McDowells first set foot on American soil in September 1729. Ephraim McDowell, his sons, John and James, his son-in-law James Greenlee, the accompanying families of those men, and at least … Continue reading Capt. John McDowell among area’s first settlers

Just who is Judge Samuel McDowell?

The following, is an overview of the life of Samuel McDowell: Samuel McDowell was born in Pennsylvania on October 29, 1735. He was the son of Captain John McDowell and grandson of Ephraim McDowell, a Scots-Irish patriot in the English Revolution of 1688. Captain McDowell relocated his family to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in … Continue reading Just who is Judge Samuel McDowell?