See  French and Indian War Foundation’s Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 15, 2015

3pm – Speaker  Dr Carl Ekberg.

Our Man of the French.   This was worth the visit.


To read this Winchester Star article published 16 November 2015, left click to enlarge.


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Braddock Road Preservation Assn Annual Event


At that ANNUAL EVENT  consisting of a bus tour on Friday 6 Nov 2015 and seminar Saturday 7 Nov 2015,

Dr. Carl J. Ekberg, our French and Indian War Foundation Board Member and Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University presented “The Jumonville Affair — A Fresh Examination.”


See Braddock Road Preservation Association website.  This site is extensive and informative. Browse through it at your leisure.


See their Facebook Page too.



15 October 2015


Steve Resan, one of our Board of Directors on the French and Indian War Foundation,  gave a presentation to the  Winchester Shrine Club on Thursday,  15 October 2015, about the early military career of George Washington and  Washington’s ties to Winchester and Frederick County.  Steve’s presentation covered the period  from the time Major Washington was commissioned by Gov. Dinwiddie of Virginia in  1753 to carry a message to the French at Ft. Le Boeuf near Lake Erie instructing  them to “peaceably depart the Ohio Country”, through the building of Ft. Loudoun  and the French & Indian War up to the events that eventually led to the  outbreak of the American Revolution.


Steve Resan has portrayed and researched the story of James Wood and has researched a story on a French Prisoner taken to Fort Loudoun


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Chipotle Fundraiser was held Sunday, October 11th, 5pm-9pm

Thank You Chipotle !



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Untold? Oh they’ve all been told.

But have they been told to You?




Sept 27, 2015   fundraiser was at an old colonial home



July 26, 1758

Leaving Braddock Street in Winchester VA, you could go to several nearby streets,

all named for the heroes of the

Siege of Fortress Louisbourg.

3 heroes of that battle.  AmherstBoscawen. Wolfe.




July 9, 1755

When you drive on Braddock Street Winchester VA,  and while you check your cell phone and change through a few radio stations and look up occasionally to see where you are going, take in another distraction, the name of the man this road on which you drive.

Edward Braddock.

His defeat was on this day 260 years ago.

See event commemorating this on the right side of this page




June 28, 2015


We are delighted to announce a long overdue recognition of  our organization’s current President Linda Ross.


Linda Ross has presented many another with an award or two over the years, but this time it is her turn


Linda Ross,  President of  the French and Indian War Foundation, received the Carroll Henkel Award from Preservation Historic Winchester (PHW) in recognition of her work of preserving the Fort Loudoun site and in bringing to the public’s notice the importance of the French and Indian War influence on Winchester VA.


French and Indian Board members attended and gave Linda Ross flowers thanking her for work.  Linda Ross in turn wanted to thank PHW for its work in Winchester with a wooden chest Ann Henkel used for her tools.


Linda Ross with William Hunt, Lt. of 1st Virginia Regiment

at the Fort Loudoun Day held in May 2014






See Fort Loudoun Day ,  Winchester VA

recently held May 16, 2015, 10am to 1pm

to commemorate  the start of building Fort Loudoun.


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.


Still photos supplied by R Patrick Murphy and Jim Moyer



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 only shows reader commentary now

 and a Radio Australia article

and the Huffington Post article

  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.

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See Spring 2015 Newsletter .

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  May 17, 2014 Saturday

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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