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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    The Bloomery Of Bloomery Road

    From the Jefferson County Sesquicentennial issue of the Jefferson Republican 9/20/1951 "The Bloomery" As Washington Saw It On Friday, May 9, 1760, George Washington "called at the Bloomery and got Mr. William Crawford to shew me the place that has been so often talked of for erecting an Iron...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  19. Our Once Famous Scenic Overlook

    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...
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    Lakeland Cavern Under Charles Town Wv

    Courtesy of Jim Surkamp View: https://youtu.be/2PpsXa2CUX8

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