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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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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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The following material was originally contained in the Jefferson County School News Vol. 2, No. 8 dated May 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 are due to the following people who so willingly supplied information...
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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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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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A Short History of the Shannondale Springs The Horseshoe Bend of the Shenandoah river Long before the white man entered into the scene of Shannondale, the Native Americans had discovered the springs of the area and often used them for medicinal purposes. The main springs were thought to have a mild laxative effect without the sulfrous odor of other commonly known springs. In 1649 King Charles II of England had deeded five million acres lying between the rivers to a group of loyal...
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The following material was originally contained in the Jefferson County School News Vol. 2, No. 6 dated March 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 the...
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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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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.
Lake Shannondale's Construction 1964-1966 The photos below are part of a book dedicated to Charles M. Johnson, Shannondale's developer, by Granville (Pete) Cave. Pete devoted an extraordinary amount of time and energy to make a record that is both fascinating and historical. And he did it with a Kodak Instamatic camera and a pair of scissors. In this day of digital pix and photo shop his job would have been SO much easier. 1966, it was the largest, privately owned lake in West Virginia. It...
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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...
How our website, Shannondale and Beyond, came into being.
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