T he Greene County Historical Society welcomes you to our website.
Come with us and take a journey back in time to learn about our County's rich and proud heritage. Prior to 2015 the Society housed its collection of artifacts in a small museum located in the Old Jail, a part of the Stanardsville Court Square complex. In 2012 GCHS became the beneficiary of a bequest from the estate of Linwood A. Rhodes, a Greene County native, who was an avid hunter and fisherman. This bequest, along with the generosity of Ethyle Cole Giuseppe, also a Greene County native, has enabled the Society to purchase property at 360 Main Street in Stanardsville. At this new location a beautiful Victorian house from the early 1900's is now the new home for the museum. In addition, a newly constructed separate gallery houses the Rhodes wildlife collection.
This new facility makes it possible for the Society to exhibit a myriad of items (donated by Greene County families) which had mostly remained in storage for lack of space. The Victorian house now showcases this collection of artifacts, focusing on significant themes in the County's history: Home and Hearth in the early 1900's; A Timeline for Greene County; The Greene War Story; Education in Greene; and Displacement of Greene Families During the Creation of Shenandoah National Park.
The exhibit in the Rhodes Gallery features samples of Mr. Rhode's collection, acquired during his lifetime of travel, hunting, fishing and appreciation of the natural world. It includes hunting and fishing trophies, as well as photography and works of art.
The Greene County Historical Society was formed to bring together people interested in history and especially in the history of Greene County. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and promotes a better appreciation of our American heritage.
The Society has two major functions: first, to discover and collect material that helps to establish or illustrate the history of the area; its explorations, settlement, development, and activities in peace and in war. We have a host of printed material such as histories, genealogies and biographies; manuscript material such as letters, diaries and journals, as well as artifacts such as pictures, photographs, paintings, portraits, scenes and other material objects that illustrate life, conditions, events and activities in the County from the earliest settlement by Native American Indians.
You can visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greenehistoryva .