Shenandoah Valley Civil War Round Table - "Aunt Eve's Remembrances of the Civil War"

Monday March 09, 2015

The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Round Table will present "Aunt Eve's Remembrances of the Civil War" a portrayal of Aunt Eve Fulk Turner by Pat Turner Ritchie. This fascinating program relates Aunt Eve's experiences in the Brock's Gap area in Rockingham County during the Civil War. Free.

Born in 1843, Aunt Eve Fulk Turner of Brocks Gap in Rockingham County was 18 years old when the Civil War began.  Her uncles, brothers, cousins, and neighbors enlisted immediately, many in the Brocks Gap Rifles.  Two of her brothers were killed, one in Confederate service and one in the Union.  Although they lived in a remote area atop Shenandoah Mountain, Eve’s family encountered deserters, draft dodgers, and marauders. After the War, many returning soldiers were plagued by diseases they had contracted in the military, i.e., tuberculosis, etc., or by wounds that interfered with their ability to farm or earn a living. In some families, the soldier didn’t return, and mothers had to raise their fatherless children.
 A hundred years after the War, Eve’s great-great-granddaughter Pat Turner Ritchie began collecting stories about how the War affected the Brocks Gap area. Stories came from all parts of the Gap.  During her presentation for the SVCWRT, Ritchie will portray her great-great- grandmother, Aunt Eve Fulk Turner, while wearing Eve’s Brethren dress, cape, and covering.  She will illustrate the stories with photos and documents collected from local families.

 Ritchie’s eighth grade American history teacher required the class to research their family trees.  Ritchie and her sister interviewed numerous older family members and other folks in the community to collect family history information.  Her great-great-grandparents lived during the Civil War and passed down many stories about the hard times.  Collecting those stories sparked Ritchie’s interest in local and family history that has continued to grow for over 50 years.  She has written approximately eight books about her family’s history and typed and edited over 50 other family history books for local friends and family.

Ritchie was a board member of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society for 15 years and served as its’ president for one year.  In 2005 she received the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution, and in 2006 she received the Elmer Smith Award from the Shenandoah Valley Folklore Society for preservation of our cultural heritage.  She and her parents have held an annual Brocks Gap Heritage Day for 25 years to celebrate the families and traditions of northwestern Rockingham County.


Program, Seminar/Conf


Starts at 7:30pm
Ends at 9:30pm

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:



  • Rockingham County Administration Center
  • 20 East Gay Street
  • Harrisonburg, VA 22801