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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•   Foster a spirit of cooperation between existing organizations, writers, historians, genealogists, collectors, preservationists, and other members of the Shenandoah County community.

•   Aid in the collection and creation of materials and publications about the history of Shenandoah County and ensure that they are preserved and made available to the community.

•   Support efforts by citizens, organizations and government to preserve historic buildings and sites.

•   Share history through programs and exhibits.

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The Women of the Confederacy

Rev. J.L. Underwood

Learn how the women of the Confederacy handled the deprivations and hardships of war as they experienced what it was like to have war, not across an ocean, but in their own back yard. This book, first published in 1906, is an up-close and personal look at the brave women of the Confederacy. 1906. 313 pages. 2004 Reprint.

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Item# 1021

Price: $31
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Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah - Remembrance, Reunion and Reconciliation

Jonathan Noyales

After four bloody years of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley, the region's inhabitants needed to muster the strength to recover, rebuild and reconcile. This book examines the evolution of attitudes among former soldiers as the Valley sought to find its place in the aftermath of the national tragedy. 2015. 192 pages. 6"x9" 48 images.

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Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM: Christmas on the Farm in New Market, VA
Christmas on the Farm will be at the historic Bushong Farm, part of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market, VA.  Visit with living historians and discover how a family carried on in the face of national crisis.  There are games to play, stories to hear, treats to eat, songs to sing AND a visit from a special Christmas visitor.  Visit the soldiers of Company F, 51st Virginia Infantry and bring some Christmas cheer to them far from hearth and home.    Lend a hand with chores or join in the holiday celebration.  Virginia Museum of the Civil War at 8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market, VA.  Info:  866-515-1864

Friday, December 8th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM: Holiday Home Tours in Edinburg, VA
The Shenandoah County Holiday Homes Tour will take place in Edinburg, VA this year.  Nine homes and historic buildings, festively decorated for the event, will be open for visits on Friday, December 8th (5 PM to 8 PM) and on Saturday, December 9th (1 PM to 5 PM).  Tours will begin at The Edinburg Mill, 214 S. Main Street.  Tickets are $20 and will be available at various local businesses and on line starting November 1st.  Proceeds will benefit the Edinburg Heritage Foundation and Response.  Watch local news outlets for more information or visit www.edinburgmill.com  540-984-8400

Saturday, December 9th fronm 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Holiday Heritage Homes Tour in Strasburg, VA
Strasburg Holiday Heritage Homes Tour visits 6 hones decorated for the holidays.  Refreshments at Holliday House B&B.  Tickets are $10 at Hotel Strasburg and Pot Town Organics.  Detailed info provided when tickets purchased.  Rain or shine, no snow date.  Hosted by Strasburg Heritage Association and Massanutten Garden Club.  Info:  540-465-2953

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Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM: Christmas on the Farm in New Market, VA
Christmas on the Farm will be at the historic Bushong Farm, part of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market, VA.  Visit with living historians and discover how a family carried on in the face of national crisis.  There are games to play, stories to hear, treats to eat, songs to sing AND a visit from a special Christmas visitor.  Visit the soldiers of Company F, 51st Virginia Infantry and bring some Christmas cheer to them far from hearth and home.    Lend a hand with chores or join in the holiday celebration.  Virginia Museum of the Civil War at 8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market, VA.  Info:  866-515-1864

Friday, December 8th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM: Holiday Home Tours in Edinburg, VA
The Shenandoah County Holiday Homes Tour will take place in Edinburg, VA this year.  Nine homes and historic buildings, festively decorated for the event, will be open for visits on Friday, December 8th (5 PM to 8 PM) and on Saturday, December 9th (1 PM to 5 PM).  Tours will begin at The Edinburg Mill, 214 S. Main Street.  Tickets are $20 and will be available at various local businesses and on line starting November 1st.  Proceeds will benefit the Edinburg Heritage Foundation and Response.  Watch local news outlets for more information or visit www.edinburgmill.com  540-984-8400

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    History of Edinburg Va.   •   Mary Ann Williamson & Jean Allen Davis   •   This soup-to-nuts chronicle of everything you'd like to know about Edinburg, VA,was written by two school teachers who grew up in the town. It is filled with pictures, and stories about people, places and events. Originally published in 1994, it was updated in 1995. 1995. 676 pages  Hardcover  •   Item #2008  •   Price: $45   Members: $45
  • Virginia 'Publick' Claims Shenandoah County   •   Janice L. Abercrombie & Richard Slatten   •   Compiled & transcribed. A Listing of Claims, seeking compensation,made by Shenandoah County citizens for goods provided to militia or Virginia and Continental armies during the Revolutionary War. (Copied from original Revolutionary Claims in the Library of Virginia). 26 pages. 5 3/8 x 8 3/8.  Softcover  •   Item #2024  •   Price: $8   Members: $8
  • Life Along Holman's Creek   •   Joseph Floyd Wine   •   The original printing of this book had a drawing on the front cover. This reprinted version has a plain cover. The book tells about life in the Forestville area of Shenandoah County. 1985 reprint. 254 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #Array  •   Price: $38   Members: $37
  • The Shenandoah River Atlas   •   William E. Trout, III   •   Published by the Virginia Canals and Navagation Society. Historic sites on the Shenandoah River, its Forks and the North River are featured. River mileage system indicated on map pages. Spiral bound to allow for easier opening and turning of the pages. 2013. 109 pages. Revised Edition.  Softcover  •   Item #2030  •   Price: $27   Members: $26

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Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1861   •   Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey   •   Both are Henkel Granddaughters. A compilation of the Journal of Siram Peter Henkel, the letter collection of Caspar Coiner Henkel, M.D. and the Richmond Times Dispatch. These accounts of the first year of the Civil War reveal how the transition from peace to war affected his community and the Town of New Market, Va. A look at life in 1861. 2011. 346 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1004  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
Rough Winds: The Battle of New Market   •   Nancy B. Stewart   •   A story about the Battle of New Market on May 15th, 1864. 1994. 21 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1008  •   Price: $6   Members: $5

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