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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23rd Virginia Cavalry

Richard Kleese

This is a numbered edition of 1000 and signed by author. One of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series. Lists names with short bio information on those who were part of this group. Includes some photos and maps and detailed descriptions of battles and campaigns.

Hardcover
Item# 1023

Price: $27
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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.

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Item# 1008

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Saturday, March 3rd from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM: Heritage Day at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA
The annual Heritage Day will be held at the Museum at 901 Amherst St. in Winchester will feature displays and materials for sale by local historical societies and genealogy groups.  In addition lectures will be scheduled at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.  Library of Virginia Reference Archivist, William Mynum will present two separatew talks and will focus on researching genealogical resources and documents related to the colonial period of the Shenandoah Valley.   Free and open to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to come early to obtain lecture tickets.   Info:  888-556-5799.

Tuesday, March 20th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Shenandoah County Barns will be discussed in Edinburg, VA
Author and historian, John Adamson, along with artist, Sally Veach, will present a program about the barns in Shenandoah County,  how the designs have evolved through the years, and how they actually tell you about their history by their design.  The program will touch on the connections of Sheandoah County barns and their Pennsylvania and European roots.  There will be photos and paintings of many of the barns that have been surveyed in the early stages of the barn project.   The program is free and the public is invited to the St. Paul's Heritage Center, 106 S. High Street in Edinburg, VA.   Ample parking is available in the Shentel lot across the street.  For info:  540-459-1795.

Thursday, March 22nd from 7:00 to 9:00 PM: Spitzer Rifles Program in New Market, VA
John Adamson will display and discuss antique long rifles made by the Spitzer family of gunsmiths in New Market.  He will display rifles from his personal collection and will be acconpanied by two other collectors, Frank Kobilis and  Burt Sours, who will display Sspritzer rifles from their collections.   After remarks about the gunsmiths, Henry and his sons Charles and William Spitzer, attendees will have an opportunity to examine approximately eight Sspitzer rifles over 200 years old.  The program is sponsored by the New Market Historical Society and take place at the New Market Town Hall, 9418 John Sevier Road in New Market.  Free. 

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Saturday, March 3rd from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM: Heritage Day at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA
The annual Heritage Day will be held at the Museum at 901 Amherst St. in Winchester will feature displays and materials for sale by local historical societies and genealogy groups.  In addition lectures will be scheduled at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.  Library of Virginia Reference Archivist, William Mynum will present two separatew talks and will focus on researching genealogical resources and documents related to the colonial period of the Shenandoah Valley.   Free and open to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to come early to obtain lecture tickets.   Info:  888-556-5799.

Tuesday, March 20th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Shenandoah County Barns will be discussed in Edinburg, VA
Author and historian, John Adamson, along with artist, Sally Veach, will present a program about the barns in Shenandoah County,  how the designs have evolved through the years, and how they actually tell you about their history by their design.  The program will touch on the connections of Sheandoah County barns and their Pennsylvania and European roots.  There will be photos and paintings of many of the barns that have been surveyed in the early stages of the barn project.   The program is free and the public is invited to the St. Paul's Heritage Center, 106 S. High Street in Edinburg, VA.   Ample parking is available in the Shentel lot across the street.  For info:  540-459-1795.

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    Our Mountains - The View from Shenandoah County Virginia   •   Array   •   A brochure, reproduced by The Mountain Courier monthly newspaper, based on their May 2012 feature about Living in the Great Valley of the Appalachians. The full color brochure shows the mountains on both sides of Shenandoah County. Every peak and gap and all of the main roads are shown. May, 2012. Eight 6 1/4  x 11 panels on card stock. If only item ordered, include $1.50 for shipping.  Brochure  •   Item #2022  •   Price: $5   Members: $4
  • 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
  • Fairfax of Virginia - The Forgotten Story of America's Only Peerage   •   Hugh Fairfax   •   The Fairfax family occupies a unique place in the story of America, as the only members of the British House of Lords - the Peerage - to have been long time residents of the United States. For over 150 years, first as colonialists and then as loyal citizens of the Republic they played an active part in many of the great events that helped make America the country it is today. Then curiously, just as America was assuming its position as the powerhouse of the world, they left and returned to Britain once more. Written with panache and affection by a descendent of the family, Hugh Fairfax, this new book tells the remarkable and largely forgotten story in its entirety for the first time. We follow their adventures from the pinnacle of Colonial society and close friendship with George Washington into the 19th Century.  Hardcover  •   Item #2031  •   Price: $40   Members: $39
  • A Trip by Rail in the Shenandoah Valley on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Southern Railway   •   Bob Cohen   •   An in-depth retrospective of trains, stations, towns and stories from throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Photos of trains, depots, schedules, maps, and other memorabilia appear, along with text, on every page of this colorful book that brings back memories of this period in history. 2013. 162 pages. 8 1/2 x 11. Many color photos.  Hardcover  •   Item #2027  •   Price: $61   Members: $60

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My Own Dear Maggie - A True Shenandoah Love Story   •   Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey   •   Both are Henkel Granddaughters. A fascinating love story which uniquely reveals the rebuilding and growth of the Shenandoah Valley after "The War Between The States." Letters between Willie Renalds and Maggie Henkel and other family members, pictures and newspaper articles paint a vivid picture of what the people of the Valley endured during and after its rebuilding. 2015. 398 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1024  •   Price: $26   Members: $25
Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1864   •   Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey   •   Both are Henkel Granddaughters. This is the fourth book in the series "Life in the Shenandoah Valley." A journal, letters and news articles lead the reader through trying times when the Battle of New Market and Sheridan's Burning of the Valley bring the War in Virginia to the doorsteps of the Henkel, Coiner and Miller families. 2014. 340 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1019  •   Price: $20   Members: $19

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