Monday, July 27, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Antique stores have replaced the variety of businesses that lined main street in many once thriving small towns. The towns themselves, I suppose, are now antiques. For those of an age to remember life before we scattered out on the highways lined with strip malls, the loss of the small town is a source of some sadness. The red door made me smile though.
Thanks for reading Photography In Place. Have a colorful weekend.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I posted a picture of this old building along the tracks in the small Shenandoah Valley town of Edinburg a couple of weeks ago (see here) in a wider view that included several other buildings and the mountains in the background. Usually I avoid posting alternate versions of the same subject, but I decided I like this tighter view as well.
Railroad tracks often pass through the most interesting part of town.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Union Forge Church - 1855
Located between Edinburg and Lantz Mills, Union Forge Church takes its name from an iron forge that operated nearby, possibly as early as 1808. Union Forge was one of several iron producers in the Shenandoah Valley prior to the Civil War. It was destroyed by Sheridan's raiders in 1864. The Union Forge Church stands on a hill above the site of the forge, on the banks of Stony Creek.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Lantz Mill was powered by a twelve foot diameter overshot waterwheel. The mill dam was located about a quarter mile upstream. Sometime before 1936, the mill was converted to electric power
Our upcoming Third Sunday post this month features an 1855 wooden church just a couple of miles from Lantz Mills. Hope you will stop by on Sunday. In the meantime, enjoy the weekend and thanks for reading Photography In Place.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Lantz Mills is a small village located on Stony Creek about two miles west of Edinburg, Virginia. The mill was built in 1813, burned by Union Soldiers in 1864, and rebuilt in 1866. It operated as a flour mill until 1959, and after that as a feed mill until 1980. The mill was purchased in 2006 as a restoration project, which is on-going. In 2008, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The history of the mill along with historic photographs are available on The Lantz Mill website.
Friday, July 10, 2015
This stone house, known as Fairview, was the site where Union Col. John R. Kenly rallied the First Maryland Infantry in the face of the advancing Confederate Army. The charge of the 6th Virginia Cavalry left the Union troops in confusion and retreat, resulting in the surrender of Kenly's force. Kenly was wounded and captured. At the end of the engagement on May 23, 1862, the Confederates occupied Front Royal.
Wounded soldiers were cared for at Fairview and bloodstains were visible on the floors for many years.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
From the Virginia Department of Historic Resources highway marker:
"Originally known as Northumberland County Training School, this institution opened in 1917, under principal John M. Ellison. Local African-Americans raised more than $7,000 to build the schoold and received additional funding from the Rosenwald Fund. Julius Rosenwald, chairman of the board of directors of Sears Roebuck and Co., created this fund in 1917 to finance the building of rural southern schools for blacks. Some 5000 Rosenwald schools were built in 15 states, including 308 in Virginia. On Nov. 12, 1932, under its principal the Reverend Dr. Henry M. Ruffin, the school was renamed the Julius Rosenwald High School. It closed in 1958."
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