History

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

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  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. 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...
  7. Our Once Famous Scenic Overlook

    This view is on a post card printed by the Boston firm Tichnor Brothers Inc. They made color postcards with a linen texture dated ca. 1930-1945 concentrating on American vacation places. Their West Virginia collection has some good views of Jefferson County and is linked here:...
  8. Lakeland Cavern Under Charles Town Wv

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  9. 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...
  10. Selected Tidbits Of Local History From Our Archives

    Slowly but surely, S&B is transferring its articles from the old format to a new Content Management System (CMS). They include those about the Blue Ridge Mountain's past and that of the remainder of Jefferson County, too (and Beyond). Users may add articles of interest. All that's required is to request status as CMS editors. Remember, S&B is a community website, NOT Scientific American, and those submitting don't have to be pros in the writing game. We'll be delighted to show you how!...
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