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Shunpiking audio CDs and note cards featuring Valley artist John Heatwole
Shenandoah Shunpiking Audio Tour CDs and note card sets featuring the wood carvings of Valley artist John Heatwole are now available for sale online! In addition, order the newly revised Stonewall Jackson Valley Campaign booklett "If this Valley is lost, Virginia is lost!" published by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.  Proceeds benefit the Cross Keys-Goods Mill Historical Society.


The Widow Pence Farm: 


A Virginia 'worm fence' stretched along the north boundary of the Widow Pence Farm marks the bloody events of  June 8, 1862.  On this site, Union General Julius Stahel's 8th New York regiment, composed of mostly non-English-speaking German and Hungarian soldiers, was stunned and received a devestating surprise volley from General I. Ridgeway Trimble's rebel forces. 


Crouched behind the wooden rails, stuffed with leaves to further conceal their position, they waited for the approaching yankees.  General Trimble ordered them to hold their fire until "they saw the tops of the shoes".  As the unsuspecting immigrants reached the crest of the hill, only about fifty yards from the fence, the Confederates rose swiftly to their feet and unleashed a savage volley of fire that echoed through the valley.  In a matter of minutes, the 8th New York would lose over half of their men in casualties. 


Aerial view of the "Widow Pence Farm" in Cross Keys, Virginia

Once a witness to the despair and destruction of the American Civil War, the "Widow Pence Farm" stands silent and peaceful today...remarkably unchanged for over one hundred fifty years. 


The Cross Keys-Goods Mill Historical Society
Today the Widow Pence Farm has been preserved to honor these brave soldiers, from the North and South, who the ultimate price for the freedom they both believed in. 
In 2002, the Cross Keys/Goods Mill Historical Society was established  to help promote and preserve this area's rich local heritage.
As a 501(3)(C) non-profit organization, the Society is grateful for the support, advice and assistance from numerous individuals and companies, some of which include:
Janet & Earl Downs
John L. Heatwole
Dan & Julie Stickley 
Lyall O. Steger, Jr.
Sharon Hill Price 
Steven H. Hill
Michael G. Hill
The Copernicus Group
Brandt Research Consulting
Marguerite Mangum 
Bernard K. Huston
Dr. & Mrs. Howard A. Pope
The Calvary Class of the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren
Two Rivers
Irvin & Nancy Hess
Litten & Sipe, LLP
S.B. Hoover & Company, LLP
J.B. Yount
Diane & Donald Moyer
Arts Council of Virginia
American History Forum, Inc.
Rebecca K. Feaster
Bill Watson
Vern & Mary Jane Michael
Valley Conservation Council
Rod & Beth Miller
Mr. & Mrs Richard Myers
Justice George M. Cochran
Michael A. Godfrey