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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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.

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Item# 1019

Price: $20
Members: $19

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.

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Price: $16
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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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    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
  • Shenandoah County Gazetteer & Historical Geography   •   Irvin D. Magin   •   A collection of places throughout Shenandoah County, with geographical coordinates, descriptions and historical information. 1991. 188 pages. 8x10. Revised 2003.  Softcover  •   Item #2008  •   Price: $13   Members: $12
  • Union Forge   •   Mary Ann Williamson   •   Records of the forge, store, and churches, plus genealogical records. 1997. 317 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #2019  •   Price: $27   Members: $26
  • 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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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.  Softcover  •   Item #1010  •   Price: $21   Members: $20
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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