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Seminar: “Road to Revolution”

Explore how the “Road to Revolution” passed through the Shenandoah Valley.

*** This event has been cancelled. ***

During this day-long seminar, five noted authors and experts will explore how the “Road to Revolution” passed through the Shenandoah Valley, by tracing its path from the French and Indian War through the American Revolution. Topics include the Battle of the Monongahela, Dunmore’s War, the Revolutionary War, American weaponry of the French and Indian War, and the swords of George Washington. Books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store; author signings will take place in the afternoon.

This event is organized by the 2d Virginia Regiment in partnership with the MSV.


When war broke out between England and France in 1754, the Shenandoah Valley was the frontline. The Valley continued to be center stage during “Dunmore's War” in 1774, and into the American Revolution, with the Valley providing leaders, soldiers and supplies, hosting prisoners of war and even sparking a Loyalist counterrevolution.

Explore how these conflicts affected and impacted the Shenandoah Valley during this full day of noted authors and experts tracing the path of revolution from the French and Indian War through the American Revolution, and investigating the material culture of this period. Book signings by the authors will take place near the end of the seminar.

Author talks include the following:

  • Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution, David Preston, The Citadel
  • Dunmore's War: The Last Conflict of America's Colonial Era, Glenn Williams, U.S. Army Center of Military History
  • "Every Presence is warlike, every Sound is martial!" The Revolutionary War in the Shenandoah Valley, Todd Post, President of the 2nd Virginia Regiment
  • "Of Sorts For Provincials": American Weapons of the French & Indian and Revolutionary Wars, Jim Mullins, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • "The Swords of George Washington" Erik Goldstein, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

The 2d Virginia Regiment is recreated by a group of dedicated historians with a love of history who strive to represent the life and times of the common Continental soldier as accurately as possible. The 2d recreates the entire Revolutionary War scene for members of the public through encampments and battlefield reenactments.

Sat, Jun 03 • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Reception Hall

MSV Members: See FEE*

All Others: See FEE*

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