Friday, April 29, 2016

Essex Motors

Broadway, Virginia 

I can't seem to find my notes on this car, but if I remember correctly it is a 1925 model. The wooden spoke wheels were an unusual and interesting feature. We will continue our visit to Broadway next week. Hope you will plan to join us.

Enjoy the weekend, and thanks for reading Photography In Place.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Broadway, Virginia 

One day last month I was in the small town of Broadway in the Shenandoah Valley. I had come primarily to photograph along the railroad tracks that run through town, but as I walked through an alleyway between the tracks and Main Street, I was surprised to see several old cars through an open doorway. As I walked around the building, I could see dozens of vintage cars through the dusty windows, and I headed to the office to see if I could get permission to go in and take pictures.

Join me the rest of this week at WW Motor Cars and explore rooms filled with old cars in various stages of restoration.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Snow on the Blue Ridge

Warren County, Virginia 

Snow still lingered in the Blue Ridge Mountains as I drove along the Gooney Manor Loop back in March.

Unfortunately, a fire which started last Saturday has scorched almost 6000 acres in the Shenandoah National Park. The fire is in the park's Southern District, about 50 miles to the south of where the photograph above was taken. Fire crews are working to contain the fire within park boundaries, and so far no structures have been affected.

Have a safe weekend, and thanks for reading Photography In Place.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stone Walls

Warren County, Virginia

After passing the Cool Springs Church on the Gooney Manor Loop, the woodland gives way to open pasture fields bordered and sometimes crossed by massive, dry laid stone walls. Some of the walls are nearly six feet high and have stood for generations. Walls of this type are uncommon in Virginia. In 2003, the William and Mary Center for Archaeological Research documented the stone walls of Gooney Manor and the study, which contains an excellent overview of the history of the area, is available. (Click here)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Farm house

Warren County, Virginia 

This old house is in a fairly level bottom along the Gooney Manor Loop not far from Browntown. This area was home to some of the earliest settlers in the Shenandoah Valley. At least three homesteads existed in the Gooney Run Manor tract when Col. William Green surveyed the area in 1748.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Barn in the mountains

Warren County, Virginia 

This barn is just on the outskirts of Browntown, at the beginning of what is known as the Gooney Manor Loop. This week join me as I drive along this dirt road into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The history of this area goes back to the American Colonial period.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Third Sunday - April, 2016

Warren County, Virginia 

Cool Spring Church of God - 1899

Across the road from the church is the spring which gave the church its name. The plaque reads:

"Since the early 1800s
this spring has provided
water to people and
horses passing by. It was
named Cool Spring
because of its cool
water. Henceforth the
Cool Spring Church of
God was built at this
site to utilize this
precious resource
that God has provided."

Friday, April 15, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016


The Plains, Virginia 

Back in February I spent a morning in the small town of The Plains, located in Virginia hunt country between Manassas and Front Royal.

The Manassas Gap Railroad arrived in The Plains in 1852 as it pushed westward to form a link to the rich Shenandoah Valley.  During the Civil War, this line was a vital route, moving supplies and soldiers into the hard fought battles in eastern Virginia.

The passenger depot was built by the Southern Railway in 1915. Although passenger service to The Plains is a thing of the past, freight trains on the Norfolk Southern B-Line pass through town daily.

Friday, April 8, 2016


Vicksburg, Mississippi 

In December of 2007 I caught this mixed freight leaving the train yards in Vicksburg headed north led by locomotive 3841, an EMD GP-38-2. (EMD is the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors.)

Whether you are headed north or south or staying put, enjoy the weekend, and thanks for reading Photography In Place.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

Opening Day - 2016

Library of Congress 

Play Ball!

Umpire Dick Nallin is ready to make the call as Washington Senators' Earl McNeely safely slides into home plate at the feet of the Boston Red Sox catcher, George Bischoff, in the 1st inning. Senators beat the Red Sox 7-6 - September 6, 1925

Friday, April 1, 2016


Rockingham County, Virginia

The evening sky reflected in the double doors of this abandoned house echos a memory of happier times.

Have a memorable weekend, and thanks for reading Photography In Place.