Crabill Photo Exhibit at Historic Courthouse

Fort Valley Museum exhibit

As a result of a barber shop conversation in 2007, SCHS has, on loan, 259 glass plate negatives found by Louis Hamrick, owner of the Central Barber Shop in Woodstock, in the attic of a now-demolished Samuel Crabill home near Maurertown. SCHS processed the plates and produced an album of the images.

At the time the identity of the individuals in the photos was not known, nor was the identity of the photographer. The Crabill family connection was key. With that tidbit of information we were eventually able to identify a person who appeared repeatedly in the photos as Perry Crabill, Sr. He also turned out to be the photographer. Perry, Sr. was a skilled amateur photographer who produced many pictures in and around his home on Ridgeley Rd. near Maurertown and subsequently in Washington, DC, where he lived.

Of course we wanted to learn more about the photographs and were thrilled when the photographer’s son, Perry Crabill, Jr. of Winchester, visited SCHS offices in February 2008. Perry Jr. was able to identify some individuals in the pictures and confirmed that the photos were likely taken between 1910-1915, when his father was living and teaching school in Shenandoah County.

This exhibit offers a small sampling of the photos taken by Perry, Sr. during the first quarter of the 20th Century. Perry, Jr. noted that his father continued to enjoy photography, developing negatives in the basement of their Washington D.C. home, progressing to a Brownie camera, eventually to a modern roll-film camera and finally surrendering the development of his pictures to commercial processors.

The photos will be on display at the Historic 1795 Courthouse at 103 North Court Street in Woodstock, Virginia through January, 2018.  The Courthouse is open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 


Crabill Photo Exhibit at Historic Courthouse

Fort Valley Museum exhibit

As a result of a barber shop conversation in 2007, SCHS has, on loan, 259 glass plate negatives found by Louis Hamrick, owner of the Central Barber Shop in Woodstock, in the attic of a now-demolished Samuel Crabill home near Maurertown. SCHS processed the plates and produced an album of the images.

At the time the identity of the individuals in the photos was not known, nor was the identity of the photographer. The Crabill family connection was key. With that tidbit of information we were eventually able to identify a person who appeared repeatedly in the photos as Perry Crabill, Sr. He also turned out to be the photographer. Perry, Sr. was a skilled amateur photographer who produced many pictures in and around his home on Ridgeley Rd. near Maurertown and subsequently in Washington, DC, where he lived.

Of course we wanted to learn more about the photographs and were thrilled when the photographer’s son, Perry Crabill, Jr. of Winchester, visited SCHS offices in February 2008. Perry Jr. was able to identify some individuals in the pictures and confirmed that the photos were likely taken between 1910-1915, when his father was living and teaching school in Shenandoah County.

This exhibit offers a small sampling of the photos taken by Perry, Sr. during the first quarter of the 20th Century. Perry, Jr. noted that his father continued to enjoy photography, developing negatives in the basement of their Washington D.C. home, progressing to a Brownie camera, eventually to a modern roll-film camera and finally surrendering the development of his pictures to commercial processors.

The photos will be on display at the Historic 1795 Courthouse at 103 North Court Street in Woodstock, Virginia through January, 2018.  The Courthouse is open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 


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    Shenandoah County and Its Court House   •   Fred Painter   •   This History of the Shenandoah County Court House tells about the building of the structure, its many additions and chronicles happenings through the years. It is the oldest operating Court House west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 1979. 162 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2015  •   Price: $14   Members: $13
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