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Back Story: Jefferson County's newspaper, "The Sprit of Jefferson's Farmers' Advocate" was put in an unique situation as a weekly publication to chronicle this sad a disturbing story in a serial fashion. From reading the account you can visualize how this story unfolded. And you can give thanks to the Jefferson County Health Department, not mentioned in the news accounts, for demanding the testing of the source of "the mysterious" illness. I know this, as I worked with the Sanitarian who...
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Prologue Before there was a much development on our Mountain, tragedy struck atop the Blue Ridge. On Friday, June 13, 1947 the second worst commercial airline crash (at that time) occurred just below the crest of the mountain on its western slope. Bad weather contributed to the tragedy as the plane pancaked into cliffs at full throttle. This WAS big news. The account made the front page of The New York Times. The Forty-seven passengers and 3 crew members all died instantly. The plane’s...
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In 2007 a trip to the once world renown resort, Shannondale Springs, occurred. Participants made the trip by land and by watercraft to enjoy the natural beauty afforded by the area as well as learn more about the resort, once known as James Monroe's Summer White House. Much more about the Springs can be found on our website.
Today, November 9, 2016, reminds me of a day back in late 1970s when I raised chickens, organically for us to eat and some to sell. I had probably 50-75 birds that were nearly ready to take in for processing. I came home from my part-time job at a dentist's office and when I drove in my barnyard, I saw slaughtered chickens and ducks everywhere. They weren't eaten, only killed. The ones that were left were dazed, in shock and never laid an egg again nor could I even begin to think about...
by ClearThunder An Expose into this Secret facility An expose' into one of the most secret and secure military bunkers in the world, just a few miles away Includes Photos and a Video On December 1, 1975, during near-blizzard conditions, a Boeing 727 TWA aircraft with 85 passengers plus the crew, plowed into the Blue Ridge mountains in Clarke County, Virginia, en route to a landing at Dulles airport. There were no survivors. As the media began to infiltrate the scene to cover the story,...
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REPOST Conversion. Originally posted by Tony on April 6, 2007. I've finally started on the task of scanning these old newsletters. I thought I would pause here and get feedback. First, know that the pages must be scanned in bunches; I cannot stick all 500 pages into the scanner at once. At most it holds maybe 20 pages per run. Each run comes out of post-formatting with numerical date names which I've been changing to year and month of the newsletter. e.g.: 1980 August.pdf 1980 May.pdf...
One day, Willis decided to get a tattoo. This is the story of that fateful day. What in the world am I thinking? Standing in front of Slowpoke's Tattoo Parlor in Ranson, I asked that question. We'll chalk it up to a mental aberration. Tats, Tats, and more Tats. Should I get a nekkid woman on my chest? Nuh uh, just a few small spots to cover smaller spots that the pretty ladies at the radiation clinic in Winchester already tattooed on my poor bod. Those are the specks they indelibly...
The First Incarnation In 1886 a few young men*, communicants from Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town WV, began a Sunday School in a schoolhouse east of the Shenandoah River and southeast of the city. The area was near Mannings, a community at the toe of Jefferson County's Blue Ridge Mountain. The young churchmen's rector, the Rev. Dallas Tucker, was convinced and enlisted to hold services there. Through the efforts of Dr. Tucker and several laymen at Zion, money was raised and in 1889, a...
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Those Markers We See So Often They Sometimes Blend Into The Background What are they all about, where are they located throughout our County, and what the heck do they say? Shucks, you never have time to read them when you're driving by.We reckon the best way to describe the the markers would be to borrow the wording from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's website: The West Virginia Highway Historical Marker Program was initiated in 1937 as part of the New Deal as a way...
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Courtesy of Jim Surkamp View: [MEDIA=youtube]2PpsXa2CUX8[/MEDIA] [i][size=2][url=https://youtu.be/2PpsXa2CUX8]View: https://youtu.be/2PpsXa2CUX8[/url][/size][/i]
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Welcome to one of the most extensive history presentations ever assembled for our county of Jefferson, West Virginia. The presentation, which presently consists of 190 YouTube film shorts and links to 2 websites, is a labor of love by Jim Surkamp. To describe Jim as an ardent lover of history would be an understatement of the greatest magnitude. In Jim Surkamp's own words: Our County's Stories in 1000 minutes via YouTube Fellow Jefferson Countians and others - I would like to make available...
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How our website, Shannondale and Beyond, came into being.
The Shannondale Iron Furnace Near the Horseshoe Bend of the Shenandoah River A Very Brief History In the early 1700's, William Fairfax became the owner of 29,000 acres of the Virginia Colony. The land was referred to as Shannondale. Early in the area's history it became known that copious deposits of a superior grade of iron ore were present and readily available. That fact, in conjunction with the presence of the area's convenient proximity to two rivers made the area highly desirable for...
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The following material was originally contained in the Jefferson County School News Vol. 2, No. 5 dated February 1976 and graciously provided by its Editor, Mary Stocks. In 1976 Jefferson County School News was a monthly publication sponsored by the Board of Education as a public service to Jefferson County residents. Superintendent - Harold L. Pickens President of the Board - Richard Neal Editor - Mary Stocks Special thanks to the following people who so willingly supplied information to...
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