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. 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...
  3. Mount Weather - Our Neighbor To The South

    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,...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. St. Andrew's Church & Mountain Community Center

    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...
  7. The Shannondale Iron Furnace

    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...
  8. Video Snippets From Jefferson County History

    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...
  9. 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]
  10. Readin', Writin', & 'rithmatic In Early Jefferson County

    Introduction A while back, Shannondale and Beyond came into possession of the edition of The Jefferson Republican, one of the local newspapers available in the 1950's, that celebrated the sesquicentennial of Jefferson County. The edition was published on September 20, 1951. It contains all manner of information. I'm no historian but I thought that you, our readers might enjoy some of the articles. We at S&B would welcome-no-we'd encourage-our users to dig deeper into any of the articles we...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Shepherdstown District Schools 1847-1933

    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...
  14. 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...
  15. Schools Of The Blue Ridge, Reminiscences

    Introduction The editors are trying to piece together a history of the schools of the Blue Ridge. We've been able to collect a few items and would like to enlist the help of all our readers in this effort. The old schools are gone. There may be some few structures left that once served as "seats of learning", but by and large they've disappeared. Several are mentioned, The school in Silver Grove's School, Manning's School, The School at St Andrew's Community Center, Fairmount School and a...
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