These are letters from and between two brothers from Washington County, Missouri, who were serving in the Union Army in Arkansas during the Civil War. They also happen to be my great uncles – brothers to my 3rd great grandfather, Andrew Bryan. They were all originally Virginians, born in Point Pleasant, Mason County, Virginia (now … Read moreCivil War Letters from Columbus and Bennett Bryan, my Great Uncles
In November of 1863, a struggle took place in this Greenbrier County, WV house, and two men would die in the end. This is the home of David Creigh, who in November of 1863 was a successful merchant. Within 6 months, he would be dead. The home is known as “Montascena,” and is circa 1834. … Read moreThe hanging of David Creigh
This is something I’ve never seen before – an extremely old looking crutch – found locally in the Greenbrier Valley. It’s early enough not to have the V shape design; nor a handle. It still has the original, or at least a very old, padded fabric on the brace portion of it. I looked up … Read moreAntique crutch found in the Greenbrier Valley
Frederic Remington (1861-1909) was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer, who specialized in depictions of the old American West. On assignment for Harper’s, he visited Arcadia, Florida in 1895 and wrote an article for the magazine. From The Herald-Advocate (Wauchula, Fla.) of 6C, July 22, and 6A, July 29, 2010: Contrasted from his familiar Western … Read moreThe wildest and most dangerous place visited by Frederic Remington, in his own words
Sometimes in log cabin removals there are awesome finds in the walls, or under the floors. That’s exactly what happened in this case. As a long-abandoned Greenbrier County, West Virginia log cabin was being demolished, this pistol was found underneath the floor in the crawl space. This primitive under hammer boot-style pistol was found hanging … Read morePistol found hanging under the floor of an abandoned WV log cabin
We love putting before and after shots together of real locations found in historic photographs. Here are a few we did over the past year around the Greenbrier Valley. Starting with, our house: John Wesley United Methodist Church, hit with a cannonball during the Civil War, and it’s still there. Or well, the hole is … Read moreSome before and after shots I put together of historic Greenbrier Valley (and a couple other) locations.
Believe it or not, this chair was found in Greenbrier County, and actually turned up at the flea market at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds. This chair was made by Bembe & Kimbel, a Victorian-era furniture and decorative arts firm founded in 1854 and based in New York. One of 262 chairs commissioned for the … Read moreHistoric chair found at the flea market
This diary is so interesting, Julie had me read it to her aloud while she was cooking yesterday. It’s a quick read, and believe it or not, you can experience the Civil War in about 8 minutes time. The good, the bad, and the ugly…. Rev. A.S. Houston (relative to Sam Houston of Texas) was … Read moreA War Diary: the amazing diary of a Civil War preacher in rural West Virginia