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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Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign: War Comes to The Home Front

Jonathan A. Noyalas

This is a new addition to the series of books by Civil War scholars to honor the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. Noyalas examines Jackson's Valley Campaign and how those victories brought hope to an infant Confederate nation, transformed the lives of the Valley's civilians and emerged as Jackson's defining moment. 2010. 157 pages.

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Item# 1010

Price: $21
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Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1862

Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey

Both are Henkel Granddaughters. A sequel to the 1861 book, this journal contains letters and news articles vividly portraying a view of Valley life in the second year of the Civil War. Learn how families became involved in the war when life was interrupted by the invasion of Yankees and by Jackson's Campaign. Minute details of everyday life are covered. 2012. 344 pages.

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Item# 1005

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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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    Strasburg, Virginia Our History in Post Cards   •   Gloria Stickley   •   A narrative history of Strasburg, Va. accompanied by an impressive collection ofpost cards - most in color - that start when post cards first became popular. Also maps. 2013. 92 pages. Color.  Hardcover  •   Item #2026  •   Price: $31   Members: $30
  • SCHS Glass Plate Processing Project   •   Array   •   Produced by filmmaker and SCHS Board Member, Philip Crown, documents the process by which 27,000+ glass negatives have been cataloged, reproduced, stored and made available to the community. 30 Minutes.  DVD  •   Item #2023  •   Price: $10   Members: $9
  • The Word Gatherer   •   Carol Maureen DeHart   •   An oral history interview with historian John L. Heatwole, who often traveled the Valley doing research. In the process, he gathered hundreds of oral history and folklore stories and felt they needed to be preserved. This book was part of that process. 2007. 114 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2021  •   Price: $10   Members: $9
  • Welcome to Fort Valley   •   Jeanette Connor Ritenour, James Harris Trott & Margaret Akers Trott   •   Over 500 pages & 200 photos and illustrations in this large-sized book tell of the many pioneer families who settled the valley within a Valley beginning from the mid 18th century. There were furnaces, resorts and many stories about this community and the proud caring people who lived there. 2010. 590 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #2020  •   Price: $75   Members: $70

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With The Old Confeds   •   Samuel D. Buck   •   A collection of actual experiences of a Captain in the Line as told by Capt. Samuel D. Buck (Co. H - 13th VA Inf., later known as the Winchester Boomerangs). This first-person account, by one who survived 35 engagements, was a personal account written for his son and published posthumously in 1925. 2007. 141 pages. 3rd edition.  Softcover  •   Item #1013  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market   •   Charles R. Knight   •   This new look at the Battle of New Market, Va. and the Opening of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of May, 1864, is the first full-length account in more than three decades to reexamine this historic event. The author is a former historical interpreter at New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. 2010. 313 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #1012  •   Price: $31   Members: $30

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