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Shockeysville, Virginia

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Shockeysville is an unincorporated community in northern Frederick County, Virginia, United States It is the northernmost community in the state

Shockeysville is located at the junction of Shockeysville VA 671 and Holiday VA 691 Roads on Winding Ridge southwest of Shockeys Knob 1873 feet/571 meters on Sleepy Creek Mountain The community and the knob are both named for the Shockey's, a prevalent family in the area

History of Shockeysville

"The year was 1859 in the vicinity of present-day Shockeysville A few scattered houses existed Elizabeth and John Shockey came to the area to settle Daniel Daily, son of Samuel Dailey, made an agreement with Elizabeth Shockey to take care of his father Samuel, until his death Samuel had Consumption Tuberculosis, a very deadly disease of that time As payment for his care, Daniel and Mary Dailey deeded 358 acres of land to Elizabeth for her sole use

Within two years the Civil War began Shockeysville was an area that changed hands almost daily Winchester changed hands 72 times during the war Shockeysville was on the way to Winchester for McNeills Raiders Confederate Cavalry from 17 counties of West Virginia who raided down the Shenandoah Valley as far as Woodstock, Virginia

In 1864 General US Grant ordered General Philip Sheridan to take the Shenandoah Valley The valley was known as the Confederacy's granary Sheridan was to do this by burning houses, barns and crops He was to take livestock and kill what he couldn't use Any person who resisted could be shot

General George Armstrong Custer was in charge of all the Union Cavalry in the Valley Regions He saw to the burning order with a vengeance Cavalry from every Union state was under his command Shockeysville did not grow during these years All able-bodied men where off fighting for the South

One time a Confederate soldier was captured near Shockeysville He was being taken to Winchester to prison by Pennsylvania Cavalry Sergeant Files was leading the detail one mile south of Shockeysville At dusk the prisoner slipped off his horse and hid in some underbrush along the road The Union troopers began firing in response to standing orders Sergeant Files ordered them to halt He said that this is a peaceful place and that he was tired of killing

In 1882 Sergeant Files returned to the area He saw to the building of Files Chapel Church one mile south of Shockeysville His family is represented in the area Some members are buried in Shockeysville Church Cemetery

After the war, Elizabeth Shockey set about getting Shockeysville settled Families of Luttrells, Whitacres, Clarks, Horns, DeHavens, Lamps, Nesmiths and others moved in around her land A dozen houses, a general store, blacksmith shop, grist mill and farm buildings were built within sight of the present day Church Foundations are still present in the woods behind the shelter area

In 1872, Elizabeth gave land for a church She was unhappy because they didn't have a place to worship or a school for the children The first church was of logs In 1896 a Post Office was in Maggie Shockey's home She was Postmistress and General Store owner The present day Shockey Time Capsule Monument and the old foundation are there as the house burned in 1976 while being remodeled The Post Office closed in 1936

On February 10, 1904, Shockeysville burned to the ground There were two different stories about how it happened One has the church being burned and the other has the church as being the only surviving building In face the church was rebuilt, being finished in 1912 Our cornerstone is dated 1912 has Bethesda ME Methodist Episcopal engraved

Some Shockeysville homes were rebuilt as the country entered the 'Roaring 1920s' During this time, 1872-1910, Rev John A Shockey was a circuit rider He traveled over the mountain regions of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland establishing churches Known as a church builder, he was able to accomplish a lot even though he was deaf Being able to read lips, he continued to work almost to his death in 1910 The church in Markswood, WV was finished just after his death Rev John A Shockey is buried in Shockesyville Cemetery

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, most of the Shockeysville people moved to Winchester or Martinsburg to find work Some stayed like Naomi Shockey Aunt Maggie who lived in the house southeast of the church This area is part of the 5 acres purchased by the Shockey Family Memorial Fellowship Aunt Maggie was getting up in years and was afraid that God would not be able to hear the small congregation sing and worship Her idea was to get a bell for the church Mr Newkirk was cutting timber on Shockey's Knob She contracted with him to cut the boards for the bell tower Men of the community, even some that had moved away, built the bell tower

In 1939 the tower was complete without a bell Mr Newkirk also bought and sold scrap metal He bought a bell from Clearspring, Maryland High School which had collapsed during a storm Mr Newkirk's employee and men of the community installed the bell

Shockeysville Church Bell was made in 1850 in Ohio In 1970 I wrote the company for information They were interested in the fact that the bell still worked In 1898 they had discontinued making that type of bell

In 1976 we were contacted by a group from the new Clearspring Maryland High School They wanted our bell to place on display We kept our bell They placed another new type bell in their special area of the High School Aunt Maggie died in 1940, just a year before World War II Shockeysville Church bell still rings calling people to worship and Shockey reunion meetings to order

I came along in 1951, the 18th child of Harry Lee and Annabell Mason Luttrell; ten boys and eight girls The church core consisted of Mom, Dad, Burt Mason, husband of Rostella B Aunt Bea Shockey Mason, Eva Luttrell Shaver, Marvin Shaver, Dorothy Luttrell Naismith, her husband, Roy Naismith and their family members

My parents and oldest sister Violet Luttrell Moyer's old stories got me interested in family, local and church history Some stories like the buggy trip of Rostella and Grace Shockey to Martinsburg

"In the 1930's few people could afford a car Rostella and Grace went to Martinsburg by horse and buggy to buy a dresser Their prize roped down, they started home from a day's adventure Along toward dusk as they got close to home, a sudden thunder storm came up Rostella was not able to control the horse The runaway ran right up on my family's porch My father, Harry Luttrell was just able to get the horse stopped as it put its head right through the screen door Both young ladies were OK and the horse was able to get them home safely Rostella would later say, "If God had meant for me to have wings while on Earth, he would have given them to me" Gracie loved the ride and in later years she would travel all over the world by airplane Rostella Aunt Bea Shockey Mason became Church Treasurer for more than fifty-five years"

Another story of life in Shockeysville happened in 1937 "It was late in the Fall and as they did, neighbor helped neighbor to harvest their crops The Place family was going about getting in the last hay crop Cut hay was being pitchforked and stacked on wagons All of a sudden a fast moving buggy came to a halt Out jumps Grandfather Place carrying his shot gun He was jumping up and down hopping mad His son leaped off the wagon to find out what was going on After a while he found out that Grandfather Place had heard over the radio that the Japanese had taken Shanghai Grandfather wanted all the men to go home and get their guns and go over the mountain to stop the Japanese It took them 20 minutes to calm Grandfather down He couldn't be convinced that the Shanghai that he heard about was in China He thought Shanghai, West Virginia over the mountains to the west was under attack Once he was calmed down he still wanted them to get their guns and put an end to all Japanese You see, Grandfather Place was a Civil War Veteran over 90 years old His argument was to stop the Japanese before they bombed the United States Being ahead of his time, Grandfather Place was not around four years later when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941" These and many more stories of everyday life in Shockeysville filled my youth

In the 1970s people and events encouraged me to want to take care of the church I had been carried in as a baby and joined as a member when I was eight years old The church was beginning to be in need to repairs by the time I turned 21 Getting my brothers, family members, and anybody who would help, we started remodeling the church by painting the outside Ralph Shockey Sr, came and wanted to know how the newly formed Family reunion could help From that day forward, the Shockeys, Luttrells, Naismiths, Masons and others with fundraisers and yard parties, we worked to make Shockeysville better

We cleared trees in the shelter area, built five shelters and erected 2 metal buildings Siding was put on the church, a new roof installed, new bell tower enclosure, a well, chain link fence, dozens of small painting and repair jobs, storm windows and more The Shockey Reunion bought 5 acres next to the shelter area and Margaret Shockey Dunn left 5 acres of the woods behind the shelters to the church

The little congregation still worships in the church 137 years later Elizabeth, John, Aunt Maggie Shockey and many others would be proud to know that we are moving forward

Shockeysville has always had a will to survive"[1]

Historic sites

  • Shockeysville United Methodist Church
  • Maggie Shockey's Old Homestead
  • The Shockey's of America 1737-2000 Time Capsule
  • Shockey's Knoll


  1. ^ Luttrell, Scott S 8 Jul 2012 "Treasurer, Historian, & Member of Shockeysville Bible Church" Cite journal requires |journal= helpmw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right

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