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.

 


Shenandoah County Historical Society Mission Statement

•   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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Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War

Lawrence M. Denton

A recounting of pre-secession politics that illuminates what was happening in Virginia just prior to secession. The role of Secretary of the Interior William Seward is little known and this book fills in an important gap in the usual histories of the period. 2014. 224 pages.

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Item# 1022

Price: $23
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The New Civil War Handbook: Facts & Photos for Readers of All Ages

Mark Hughes

Coverage includes battles, charts, technology, weapons, women, African American and Native American participation, the common soldier, prisons, hospitals, quotations, breakdown of troops by state, and much more. Close to 150 photos. 2009/2011. 158 pages.

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Item# 1006

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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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    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
  • 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
  • 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 Alms House of Shenandoah County: A Brief History   •   Fred Painter   •   What was once the Glebe Farm and Peter Muhlenberg's home during the American Revolution is now the Alms House of Shenandoah County. This History book also contains many photos. 1979. 33 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #2006  •   Price: $8   Members: $7

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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
Decision at Toms Brook - George Custer, Thomas Rosser, and the Joy of the Fight   •   William J. Miller   •   A must-have book for every Civil War collection. The story of two West Point graduates who find themselves on opposite sides of the Civil War conflict. Their separate paths meet in the Shenandoah Valley. The story is about the conflict between the two men as well as of the Generals they served.  Hardcover  •   Item #1027  •   Price: $31   Members: $30

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