Due to the nationwide coronavirus situation, the 2020 Strother Conference was first postponed to 2021 and then to 2022, same location and same program. Our focus will still be on cousin David Hunter Strother, also known as Porte Crayon. We've planned several interesting outings, including a visit to the site of the old Strother Hotel in Berkeley Springs, WV, and a luncheon and dedication reception at the newly revised Porte Crayon exhibit in the Museum of the Berkeley Springs. Other sites include historic Winchester (Winchester changed hands 73 times during the Civil War) and its two historic cemeteries. Many Strother cousins are buried there.
We plan to have a genealogy room open most days and also the Strother Store. Several optional tours are planned if enough members are interested, including bus trips to Weyer's Cave and to Ferry Farm for those who missed it in 2018 or who want to see the continuing progress. In addition, there will be a Winchester city tour and a Winchester cemetery tour. Other nearby sites that you can visit include Natural Bridge, Blackwater Falls, Seneca Rocks, and The Peaks of Otter. In Martinsburg, WV, you will find Greenhill Cemetery, designed by David Hunter Strother in 1854 and his final resting place, with his wives by his side.
There's lots to see and do in this 'hotbed' of Strother presence and many of our current members trace their recent ancestry to this area. Our hotel will be near Old Town Winchester, where you will find many attractions and restaurants. One historic site is the Taylor Hotel which served as Stonewall Jackson's HQ several times during the Civil War, and also as a field hospital for both sides during the War. Plan on spending a week coming and going to Winchester and enjoying all the historic sites along your route. For those flying in, Winchester is about an hour west of Dulles Airport.
Once everything has reopened and is operating normally, we will reconfirm the hotel accommodations and restaurant outings. We will then send out notifications so that anyone planning to attend can make their travel plans and reservations.