Singers Glen

Singers Glen, Virginia, is a hamlet in the Shenandoah Valley about eight miles north-northwest of Harrisonburg.  It was originally named Mountain Valley by its German-speaking Mennonite settler, Joseph Funk*, who is buried in Singers Glen. It was renamed Singers Glen in 1860 when a post office was established there, and after Funk’s music business had become successful.  Its significance is twofold: (1) it was the original base of the music-publishing business (known variously as Joseph Funk & Sons, Joseph Funk’s Sons, The Patent Note Publishing Company, Ruebush, Kieffer & Company, and The Ruebush-Kieffer Company (see Ruebush-Kieffer Company, USA*) established by Funk and...

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