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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Remembering the Civil War Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation

Caroline E. Janney

The author, who hails from Luray, Va., is a history professor at Purdue U. She examines how the war generation -- men and women, black and white, Unionists and Confederates -- crafted and protected their memories of the nation's greatest conflict. She explores the subtle, yet important differences between reunion and reconciliation. 2013. 451 pages.

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Price: $37
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49th Virginia Infantry

Richard Kleese

This is a numbered edition of 1000 and signed by author. One of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series. An excellent genealogical resource, lists names and information on those who served. Includes some photos, maps and narrative about the battles and campaigns.

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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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    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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The Burning   •   Array   •   The Burning of the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 was a well planned and brilliantly directed campaign by Gen. Philip Sheridan. Based on John Heatwole's work by the same name, the movie tells the stories of the soldiers, civilians, and families caught in the terrible firestorm. The Edinburg Heritage Foundation produced this documentary. 2008. 50 minutes  DVD  •   Item #1002  •   Price: $20   Members: $20
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

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