Pewter in the Greenbrier Valley Frontier, and other pewter finds….

We’ve found a massive amount of pewter so far at Willowbrook, and elsewhere on early Greenbrier Valley frontier sites. For instance, most all of the spoons we’ve found have been of pewter. There’s no doubt that pewter was a valued metal, as well as useful – since it can be easily melted and reused/reformed, or … Read morePewter in the Greenbrier Valley Frontier, and other pewter finds….

Books are in stock now: The Scavengeology Journal, Vol. 1: “Discovering Byrnside’s Fort”

We finally got the first few dozen books in from the publisher. These are in-stock, so they’ll either ship same-day, or next day shipping. We’ll order more when they’re gone, but why not just get one now? 80 pages of color photos of our finds, descriptions of the fort, etc. And you’ll want volume 1 … Read moreBooks are in stock now: The Scavengeology Journal, Vol. 1: “Discovering Byrnside’s Fort”

The SCAVENGEOLOGY JOURNAL – Volume 1 – “Discovering Byrnside’s Fort”

AVAILABLE NOW! Click HERE to ORDER. 80 color pages of high quality photos of the discoveries, renovations, and explorations at the site of Byrnside’s Fort at Willowbrook Plantation. SCAV-ENG-E-OL-O-GY: The study of history through the excavation of discarded items, exploring people’s attics, flying drones, and stuff. The term “scavengeology” was coined when the author, a major history … Read moreThe SCAVENGEOLOGY JOURNAL – Volume 1 – “Discovering Byrnside’s Fort”

The hanging of David Creigh

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

Massive Forged Andirons from historic Old Sweet Springs Resort

These massive fireplace andirons were purchased from an elderly man in Alleghany County, Virginia, who had purchased them at one of the earlier auctions held at the Old Sweet Springs Resort. Apparently they were stored in the basement of the huge old resort. It’s hard to tell how large they are from the photos, but … Read moreMassive Forged Andirons from historic Old Sweet Springs Resort

Antique crutch found in the Greenbrier Valley

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

The bloody history of the Graham Cabin

This impressive log cabin was built 1770-1772 by Col. James Graham. It was the site of a bloody attack in 1777. This special structure is one of the few other surviving frontier blockhouses of the 18th century Virginia frontier, all of which lie within a fairly small radius of the Greenbrier Valley: the Graham Cabin, … Read moreThe bloody history of the Graham Cabin

William Dyer Pistol – a frontier pistol from the Greenbrier Valley

This is an early flintlock pistol which belonged to William Dyer, an Augusta County Ranger who fought in the 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant with the Greenbrier Regiment of frontiersmen from the Greenbrier Valley. Dyer shows up on the ledger of the Matthews Trading Post in 1772, possibly buying powder and lead. And maybe some … Read moreWilliam Dyer Pistol – a frontier pistol from the Greenbrier Valley

Virginia Musket used at the battle of Point Pleasant in 1774

This musket was used at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774. It descended in the same family all these years, out of Bath County, Virginia – near Warm Springs. This is likely a frontier-made musket, using a combination of gunsmith made and recycled parts, probably for use in the French and Indian War. It … Read moreVirginia Musket used at the battle of Point Pleasant in 1774

Long Lost Recipe Books from Old Sweet Springs – try some “Brandy Peaches”

These are all artifacts which came out of old abandoned house, Lynnside, shown here by drone. Even more interesting than the fact that they came out of Lynnside, is that the owners of Lynnside in the mid 19th century, was the family who owned the famous Old Sweet Springs Resort. We found a few items … Read moreLong Lost Recipe Books from Old Sweet Springs – try some “Brandy Peaches”

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