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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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.

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Item# 1027

Price: $31
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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.

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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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    Surveys of Jacob Rinker 1785-1794   •   Daniel Warrick Burruss and Sandra Helsley Yelton   •   A book of Records of Plots & Certificates of Surveys of Jacob Rinker, beginning July 1, 1785. Abstracts. 1999. 110 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2001  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
  • A Trip by Rail in the Shenandoah Valley on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Southern Railway   •   Bob Cohen   •   An in-depth retrospective of trains, stations, towns and stories from throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Photos of trains, depots, schedules, maps, and other memorabilia appear, along with text, on every page of this colorful book that brings back memories of this period in history. 2013. 162 pages. 8 1/2 x 11. Many color photos.  Hardcover  •   Item #2027  •   Price: $61   Members: $60
  • 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 Story of Strasburg   •   Virginia Hinkins Cadden   •   Originally published in the Bicentennial Edition of the Northern VA Daily newspaper in 1961. Reprinted in 2011 by Strasburg Heritage Association on the Occasion of the 250th Anniversary of the founding of Strasburg. Contains additional articles commemorating250 years. 2011. 65 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2016  •   Price: $8   Members: $8

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It's About Time: The sculpting of the Memorial of General James Longstreet   •   Gary Casteel   •   This Monument is to be found at the Gettysburg Battlefield. 1998. 47 pages. Signed.  Softcover  •   Item #1003  •   Price: $8   Members: $7
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.  Softcover  •   Item #1028  •   Price: $26   Members: $25

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