May 3, 2015

Norman Baker, Board member of this French and Indian War Foundation and who was in the battle of Iwo Jima in WWII, will be interviewed by a national TV crew from Japan, in the Ft.  Loudoun Room, George Washington Hotel, Winchester, Virginia.


See Japan Today article  and an ABC News story

  on Norman Baker and Yoshiko Shimabukuro.



Both the 18-year-old U.S. Marine and the 17-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl had known the enemy only from the virulent propaganda they had been fed. When they finally met their foes in the closing months of World War II, in separate, back-to-back battles hundreds of miles apart, it was on the most terrifying terms.


“I threw off the safety on the Thompson and prepared to kill him. His eyes pleaded for his life as he turned enough to show me that he had been shot in the back in the area of his right shoulder blade.”

The Marine behind Baker yelled at him to quickly kill the soldier. Baker said no. He was taking the man prisoner.

After making the soldier strip to his underwear to be sure he was unarmed, Baker gave him a cigarette and some water. Then he was taken away.

“I have always wished that I could have found out what he did with his life.”




Thursday April 30, 2015

Dr Carl Ekberg , Board member of the French and Indian War Foundation, and Sharon Person, authors of “St. Louis Rising: The French Regime of Louis St. Ange De Bellerive,” stopped by

St. Louis on the Air, hosted by Don Marsh,  to provide historical insight, challenging the often told story

about the discovery of St. Louis.

dr carl ekberg st louis rising radio show



Fort Loudoun Day , May 16, 2015, 10am to 1pm

commemorates  the start of building Fort Loudoun in May 1756.


We are delighted to announce a speaker, Raleigh Boaze


The Dept. of Geographers was a staff unit of Washington’s headquarters during the Rev War. They functioned as road surveyors & cartographers for the Washington’s northern & southern armies.

For Ft. Loudoun Day we will portray Washington’s engineering managers

during the construction phase of the fort 1756-1758.

We will have our survey instruments, maps and probably an inked diagram of Ft. Loudoun made with period drawing instruments. We will have our own table & fly.


Correction for video: 419 N Loudoun is the Baker-Darlington-Hardy House.


Subject of talk by Raleigh Boaze:

“General Braddock’s Failed Attempt to

Capture Fort Duquesne and the Colonies Involvement “


Raleigh Boaze is a living history interpreter of the 18th century colonial frontier.  Mr. Boaze presents a first person account of life on the ‘American’ frontier in the years 1754 to 1775.  Dressed in backwoodsman attire and accoutrements, he describes the settlers’ strife at the hands of the Native Americans aligned with the French opposing encroachment of the British colonists beyond the Appalachians and underscores the importance of this period in the eventual founding of our country.


Mr. Boaze presents his interpretation of the 18th century frontier life in schools and before civic groups in the Mid-Atlantic region and has been instrumental in bringing about changes to history texts used in the public schools to ensure that they accurately portray life on the frontier during this period.


For the source of celebrating Fort Loudoun Day,

see letter from George Washington to Adam Stephen May 18, 1756.

Another site to check for that same letter is here.




See Spring 2015 Newsletter just out.

Catch up on past events and honors bestowed on those working on this endeavor of history.

 See also Steve Resan’s 2nd part saga on Captain Francois Marie Picoté de Belestre and the son Ensign Francois-Louis Picoté de Belestre, who was a prisoner at Fort Loudoun.



There was a BUS TOUR

Saturday April 25, 2015

See Fort Necessity, Jumonville Glen, Portions of Braddock’s Road

See details on what the bus tour covered.

This map shows many of the forts and battles
in the French and Indian War,  a war that gave us the phrase:
The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire.




See St Louis Rising book event this past 13 April 2015



See this past George Washington’s Birthday 

was celebrated at George’s Food and Spirits

Sunday February 22, 2015



See Winchester Star Articles on 13th Annual Meeting held

Sunday,  November 16 2014

 Speaker  Mr. Paul R. Misencik, author of

George Washington and the Half-King Chief Tanacharison


A Scout was raised to the rank of “Eagle”  Sunday October 5, 2014. Of the many tasks to complete to become Eagle, he chose to make our display case for the Visitors Center. He is David Tactikos of Winchester. He is a senior at Handley High School. Troop 9. The F&I War Foundation wishes to give a huge thanks to David and to Mr. Tony Manzione.

Click on Eagle Scout


Click on: July 2014 Newsletter, an update on recent accomplishments and events and a story on a prisoner of note  by Board Member Steve Resan.

Click on: More on this prisoner


July 8, 2014, Dr Carl  Ekberg  (board member of the F&I War Foundation) was awarded La Medaille d’Or du Merite  Francophone by the French Ambassador, Francois Delattre   

Click on: Dr Carl Ekberg has written the following books

Click on: video of event

See: Dr Carl Ekberg



National Landmark Status accomplished for Fort Loudoun Winchester VA

reported in Winchester Star Saturday July 12, 2014


Click on: Fort Loudoun Day was held:

May 17, 2014 Saturday 10 am to 1 pm at 419 N. Loudoun Street.

Click on:  updated Board of Directors





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If you are looking to learn more about Virginia’s frontier and the French and Indian War, then you’re at the right place!



Mission  Statement:

“Winchester’s French and Indian War Foundation preserves and interprets the colonial history of Virginia’s frontier”.


  • Raise public awareness about the French and Indian war and its consequences through public lectures and tours, as well as publication in the media.
  • Collect and conserve primary documents relating to the war

  • Identify, document, preserve, and interpret French and Indian War era landmarks in the back country of the mid-Atlantic colonies

  • Cooperate with privately and publicly owned French and Indian War fort sites, battlefields, and other historical sites in research, promotional, and preservation activities.

Foundation Activities:

Please take time to visit our Events Page to learn more about up-coming events. (All events are family friendly…  it’s even possible that George Washington himself may make an appearance!) 



Winchester’s French and Indian War Foundation exists to “preserve and interpret” the colonial history (with an emphasis on the years of the French and Indian War (1754-1763)). We host educational and community events year-round, providing opportunities for students, the general community, and tourists alike, to learn about this important period of our history.

We are thrilled to have a number of highly recognized historians and reenactors as a part of our membership…all of them interested in sharing their knowledge with you, a vital task for keeping this history alive for future generations. (Not to mention it’s just plain fun and interesting info to learn!)

In fact… did you know that:

  • The French and Indian War is the common U.S. name for the war between Great Britain and France in North America  from 1754 to 1763? The name of the war simply refers to the two main enemies of the British: the royal French forces and the various Native American forces allied with them.
  • In 1756 the war erupted into the world-wide conflict known as the Seven Years’ War and thus came to be regarded as the North American theater of that war?
  • In Canada, it is usually just referred to as the Seven Years’ War, although French speakers in Quebec often call it La guerre de la Conquête (“The War of the Conquest”)?
  • That many refer to the war as “The War That Made America” because it was a period that set in motion forces that would culminate in the American Revolution?   It began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world!
  • That the following image is the earliest authenticated portrait of George Washington ?    It shows him wearing his colonel’s uniform of the Virginia Regiment from the French and Indian War (this portrait was painted years after the war, in 1772).


We encourage you to continue looking around our website – there’s lots of additional educational information as well as information on the foundation itself and how you can become involved. Whether actively joining us, or supporting the cause through one-time or recurring donations, we’d love to have your support!




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