History of Mennonites in Virginia - Vol. 1
(1727-1900) This reprint of History of Mennonites in Virginia contains the most extensive history of Mennonites in Virginia from 1727 to 1900 available today. This history takes us from the days before Mennonites moved to the Shenandoah Valley up to the schism of the Old Order Mennonite Church in Virginia in 1900. Brunk covers the Indian raids on the settlements in Page, Frederick, and Shenandoah counties during the French and Indian War in the 1750s and 1760s. Those murdered included many of two Mennonite families. Brunk looks at the history of Virginia Conference and the formation of congregations from house churches to church houses. He details development of districts, mission churches, and the growing Conference membership. This history is brought alive by numerous quotes, some from previously unpublished sources. The lack of bias makes this book a treasure, reflecting God's unfolding work in the lives of the Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley, Newport News, Amelia, and into West Virginia.