By now, all of our members have received their November Newsletter confirming that our 2018 Reunion will be held in Winchester, Virginia. We choose Winchester because it is a very historical town not only for its part in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, but also the Civil War. It also just happens to be where two important families of the Shenandoah Valley paths crossed in the late -1700’s and ultimately became intertwined with each other through friendships and marriages. We will learn how the relationship between the Millers of Winchester and the Henkels of New Market developed because of their Germanic backgrounds, the Lutheran religion, and medicine.
Reunion attendees will get to see the Henkel printing press which was recently brought back to the Shenandoah Valley from Duke University in Durham, NC, through the joint efforts of our “Family Association” and The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, which is located in Winchester. The Museum’s Curator of Collections has become an authority on the press and will talk to our group about its history and give us a demonstration on how it printed the first newspaper in the Shenandoah Valley in 1809.
We will then visit “Old Town” Winchester and learn about our cousins from the Miller family at the Godfrey Miller Museum. After the Museum’s Director give us a tour of the home, several of our members who have unbelievable collections of Henckel and Miller memorabilia will display items that have only been seen by a very few of our members. They will be available to tell you what you are looking at and answer any questions you might have about their collections.
As always, a tasty luncheon is planned in one of the nicest small town parks that you will see any place in America. As my grandmother use to say, “Henckels love their food and being with their relatives to enjoy it”. We have the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s favorite cater preparing and serving us lunch. I just wished my grandmother could eat with us!
We will then return to “Old Town”, where we will visit the church that is truly responsible for starting the Henkel-Miller friendship. The Historian at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will tell us about how the two families became acquainted through their shared religious beliefs. It is a story that none of you have probably ever heard, it is a true moment in our family’s history that needs to be told!
From Grace Lutheran we will visit Colonel George Washington’s Office and learn about why he had his office in Winchester. Afterwards, we will visit the Bell-Miller home that was built in the early 1800’s. We will learn what life was like in that time period, for a well to do Winchester family. Our last stop will be at the Handley Library where a lot of historical information on the Miller and Henkel families is housed. The library’s Historian will give us a tour of the beautiful library. The library as a special favor to our family will create display cases filled with Henkel and Miller archives which they have collected through the years.
If you are a member of The Henckel Family Association you will receive a March Newsletter with all the details for attending the 2018 Reunion, as well as, sign up sheets for the picnic and sites visitations. We announced that we have a large block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Winchester reserved at the special rate of $109 + tax. The number to make reservations is 1-540-722-8881, be sure to tell them that you are a member of the “Henckel Family Association” to get the special rate. You will need rooms for the nights of Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th. The Hilton Garden Inn is a very nice hotel!
If you are not a member at the present time and want to join the Association and attend the 2018 Reunion, please go to the Membership TAB at the top of this page and join the Association. You will then receive our March Newsletter which will explain how to attend the 2018 Reunion in Winchester. If you join now your dues will be paid through June 30, 2019.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Reunion in Winchester, Virginia.