History

Historic articles about Shannondale, the Blue Ridge, and Jefferson County.

  1. A Mystery Thriller 1956

    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...
  2. Blue Ridge Acres (& Surrounds) History

    From the Pages of History A Short History of Blue Ridge Acres, West Virginia by Ruby Browning Reprinted with the Permission of the Author The Former Sales Office (Now Clubhouse) Dear Readers: I told Bettie LaMotte that my first retirement project was going to be writing local history for my grandson, Christopher Barnes Robinson. She asked me if I would agree to have the history printed in the Blue Ridge Acres News. These first eleven chapters were written between May 1986 and September...
  3. Campfire's Camp Takahano

    Campfire Inc.'s Camp Takahano The logo of Campfire Inc., the organization formerly known as The Campfire Girls operated Camp Takahano situate in Jefferson County WV. It's our understanding that the group utilizing the facilities was "Camp Fire 4-260" of the Potomac Area Council(now the Patuxent Area Council). This album is meant small step toward what is hoped to be a more extensive show sometime in the future. The Photos were captured from the website of Alice Beard, the camp's last...
  4. Capital Airliner Crash Of 1947

    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...
  5. Charles Town District Schools 1849-1933

    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...
  6. Chestnut Hill Methodist Church

    The Methodist Churches of Our Blue Ridge Mountain Our first venture into the history of the Methodist Church on the Blue Ridge Mountain of Jefferson county has been aided by the Reverend Donnie Jane Cardwell, pastor of the Chestnut Hill Methodist Church. Chestnut Hill is one of three churches of that denomination currently offering services on our Blue Ridge. The other two are Silver Grove and Murrill Hill. Chestnut Hill's history, below, was compiled by Edna Enos. The six parts of the...
  7. Citizens Of Shannondale (cos) Newsletters

    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...
  8. Harpers Ferry District Schools 1889-1933

    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...
  9. Historical Cabins In Shannondale Area

    View: [MEDIA=youtube]Zygd2NLhh-A[/MEDIA] [i][size=2][url=https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zygd2NLhh-A&feature=share]View: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zygd2NLhh-A&feature=share[/url][/size][/i] A reminder that many came before us in this area. History right here in our neighborhood.
  10. Jefferson County's First Hospital

    Jefferson County's First Hospital Note from the editors: The article comes from the sesquicentennial issue of the Jefferson Republican, dated September 20th 1951. we reproduced it verbatim with the addition of a couple of extra photos. We'll include a blurb at the close of the article about where you can get more information. As is our custom, we're simply offering this as a way to get you interested in local history. We'd surely appreciate any additional material. You know how to get in...
  11. Jefferson County's Highway Historical Markers

    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...
  12. Julia Davis: West Virginia Wordcrafter

    Julia Davis: West Virginia Wordcrafter We suspect most of Shannondale and Beyond's viewers haven't heard of Julia Davis. Ms. Davis is another of what we consider the hidden treasures of Jefferson County. If someone has heard of her it would likely be with regard to her play, The Anvil, which recounted the trial of the abolitionist and insurrectionist John Brown. We've been granted the privilege of posting William Theriault's biography of Ms. Davis. It's a great read. Ms. Adams died January...
  13. Kabletown/middleway District Schools1860's-1933

    The following material was originally contained in the Jefferson County School News Vol. 2, No. 7 dated April 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...
  14. Lakeland Cavern Under Charles Town Wv

    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]
  15. Little Girl Lost 12/1958

    THE MIRACLE OF THE MOUNTAIN HAD DRAMATIC ENDING WHEN: Three-Year-Old Jefferson County Girl Is Found Safe After Being Lost For 50 Hours in Rugged Blue Ridge Mountains Published January 2nd 1958 in the Spirit Old Jefferson Farmers' Advocate By Don Rentch On the west side of Mission Rd. BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN AREA AND LOG CABIN HOME WHERE TRAGEDY NEARLY STRUCK Shown above is the log cabin home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ramsburg, and their two children and one of the two high ranges of the rugged...
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