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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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

Locomotives Up theTurnpike

David L. Bright

When the Civil War began, the railroads of the Confederate States had the immense job of collecting the men, supplies and equipment needed to create a government and its armed forces. This is the story of Thomas Sharp, the young superintendent who was commissioned to haul the cars and locomotives captured by Stonewall Jackson from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Martinsburg, Va. (now WV) to Confederate points to the West and South.

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Item# 1028

Price: $26
Members: $25

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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. 

Upcoming events...

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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    Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads   •   Andrea Sutcliffe   •   Authoritative guide to the beauty and history of the Valley. 13 separate tours are planned ranging from vaulted caverns to presidential homes, from Indian warfare to breathtaking stretches of virgin wilderness. This updated and revised edition of the guide is a personal, enthusiastic tour that even surprised locals. 2010. 286 pages. 2nd edition.  Softcover  •   Item #2018  •   Price: $21   Members: $20
  • Bicentennial Souvenir Program   •   Array   •   Souvenir Program of the Shenandoah County Bicentennial 1772-1972. Contains many photos and stories with histories of the individual towns in the County. 1972. 96 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #2004  •   Price: $10   Members: $9
  • Images of America: Shenandoah County   •   Archivist Jean Martin and SCHS   •   This book of nearly 200 photos focuses on the people who have made the Shenandoah County a comfortable place to raise families and communities that pray together, work along side each other, and enjoy life surrounded by the mountains. 2010. 127 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2011  •   Price: $23   Members: $23
  • A Pictorial History of Shenandoah County: 50 Years through the Lens of Hugh Morrison, Jr.   •   John Adamson   •   206 Photographs tell about life in the Shenandoah County of Va. The subjects include portraits, family events, christenings, sports, farms, animals, children, landscapes, soldiers, cars, school events, buildings, professionals, everything you can think of that makes up day to day life. All identified photos in the Morrison book of photos are listed, and list is regularly updated as new identifications are made. 2007. 230 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #2002  •   Price: $20   Members: $19

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Touring Virginia's & West Virginia's Civil War Sites   •   Clint Johnson   •   This new edition includes new sites, new photographs and updated directions to the significant civil war sites in both Virginia and West Virginia. The 18 tours visit cemeteries, battlefields, historic houses and buildings, monuments and statues, rivers and mountains, sharing the history behind each location. Some stops are surprising. 2011. 280 pages. 2nd edition.  Softcover  •   Item #1011  •   Price: $21   Members: $20
The Aftermath of Battle The Buriel of the Civil War Dead   •   Meg Groeling   •   This book examines what happened to the hundreds of thousands of men who died, were wounded or disabled as a result of the war. It picks up the story as the battles end. The burial of the dead was an overwhelming experience for the armies and communities forced to clean up after the destruction of battle.  Hardcover  •   Item #1026  •   Price: $17   Members: $16

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