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.

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The Burning

James Moris and Hank Zimmerman

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

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Item# 1002

Price: $20
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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
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Thursday, February 22nd from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Shenandoah Valley Germanic Heritage will be discussed in Woodstock VA
The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historicqal Park and regional Historical Societies are presenting a free winter lecture series to learn more about the borad and diverse history of the Shenandoah Valley.  Historian, genealogist and SCHS board member, Karen Cooper will present a program on Germanic Heritage  at the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse at 103 N. Main Street in Woodstock VA.  For info:  540-869-3051.  Program is free. 

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.

Upcoming events...

Thursday, February 22nd from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Shenandoah Valley Germanic Heritage will be discussed in Woodstock VA
The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historicqal Park and regional Historical Societies are presenting a free winter lecture series to learn more about the borad and diverse history of the Shenandoah Valley.  Historian, genealogist and SCHS board member, Karen Cooper will present a program on Germanic Heritage  at the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse at 103 N. Main Street in Woodstock VA.  For info:  540-869-3051.  Program is free. 

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.

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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
  • Welcome to Fort Valley   •   Jeanette Connor Ritenour, James Harris Trott & Margaret Akers Trott   •   Over 500 pages & 200 photos and illustrations in this large-sized book tell of the many pioneer families who settled the valley within a Valley beginning from the mid 18th century. There were furnaces, resorts and many stories about this community and the proud caring people who lived there. 2010. 590 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #2020  •   Price: $75   Members: $70
  • Shenandoah County and Its Court House   •   Fred Painter   •   This History of the Shenandoah County Court House tells about the building of the structure, its many additions and chronicles happenings through the years. It is the oldest operating Court House west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 1979. 162 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2015  •   Price: $14   Members: $13
  • 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.  Softcover  •   Item #2005  •   Price: $6   Members: $5

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Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign: War Comes to The Home Front   •   Jonathan A. Noyalas   •   This is a new addition to the series of books by Civil War scholars to honor the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. Noyalas examines Jackson's Valley Campaign and how those victories brought hope to an infant Confederate nation, transformed the lives of the Valley's civilians and emerged as Jackson's defining moment. 2010. 157 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1010  •   Price: $21   Members: $20
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

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