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.

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The Battle of Fisher's Hill - Breaking the Shenandoah Valley's Gibraltar

Jonathan A. Noyalas

First book-length study of 1864 battle, the last major battle in Shenandoah County, which set the stage for The Burning

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Item# 1017

Price: $21
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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.

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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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    History of Shenandoah County, 2nd (Augumented) edition   •   John W. Wayland   •   The definitive work on Shenandoah County, Va., one of the oldest counties in the Valley. Includes a vast amount of family genealogy, early settlers, Indians, forts, town histories and Civil War history. 1969. 896 pages. 2006 reprint.  Hardcover  •   Item #2009  •   Price: $56   Members: $55
  • 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
  • Fairfax of Virginia - The Forgotten Story of America's Only Peerage   •   Hugh Fairfax   •   The Fairfax family occupies a unique place in the story of America, as the only members of the British House of Lords - the Peerage - to have been long time residents of the United States. For over 150 years, first as colonialists and then as loyal citizens of the Republic they played an active part in many of the great events that helped make America the country it is today. Then curiously, just as America was assuming its position as the powerhouse of the world, they left and returned to Britain once more. Written with panache and affection by a descendent of the family, Hugh Fairfax, this new book tells the remarkable and largely forgotten story in its entirety for the first time. We follow their adventures from the pinnacle of Colonial society and close friendship with George Washington into the 19th Century.  Hardcover  •   Item #2031  •   Price: $40   Members: $39
  • 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

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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.  Hardcover  •   Item #1020  •   Price: $37   Members: $36
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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