Jackpot! Major Samuel Clark’s Sword Found

During our renovations of Willowbrook, removing the plaster on the inside of the original Byrnside’s Fort logs, we found an old dusty envelope with the following words written on it: “Key’s to Major Samuel Clark’s Sword Case.” Inside the envelope were two tiny old keys – both with the same wording. So naturally I began … Read moreJackpot! Major Samuel Clark’s Sword Found

The Site of The Clendenin Massacre on the Big Levels of Greenbrier County – 1763

The Clendenin Massacre, also sometimes referred to as the “Muddy Creek Massacre,” took place in July of 1763 about 2 miles Southwest of what is now Lewisburg, West Virginia (not itself created until 1774). I always wondered why this was referred to as part of the “Muddy Creek Massacre” when Muddy Creek itself is actually … Read moreThe Site of The Clendenin Massacre on the Big Levels of Greenbrier County – 1763

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

Epic Find: the National Anthem Trunk

This early 19th century trunk is covered on the inside with circa 1812 Baltimore newspaper pages, and was found at a junk sale, basically. The name associated with the belongings inside, “Samuel Sands,” may not be recognizable to most, including myself at first, but a little bit of scavengeology sleuthing reveals its true historic value. … Read moreEpic Find: the National Anthem Trunk

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

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”

Was this “wall gun” used by Dick Pointer during the attack of Donnally’s Fort?

This old “wall gun” has been owned by the Greenbrier County Historical Society’s North House Museum since 1989. It was originally sold to them by Edwin A. Pattison, as having been used by Dick Pointer during the attack on Donnally’s Fort – the second largest Indian/Settler battle which ever occurred within West Virginia’s present-day boundaries. … Read moreWas this “wall gun” used by Dick Pointer during the attack of Donnally’s Fort?

Van Schaick 1720 Flintlock Fowler, from the Van Schaick Mansion

This is a Dutch Fowler made by Penterman of Utrecht, Holland, circa 1720, for Anthony Van Schaick, a wealthy merchant, Indian trader and Captain in the New York militia throughout the French and Indian War period. His name is engraved on the barrel. It looks like what is known as a “Hudson Valley Fowler,” however, … Read moreVan Schaick 1720 Flintlock Fowler, from the Van Schaick Mansion

This is the exact spot on the Virginia Frontier where legendary frontiersman Simon Kenton became Simon Butler

If you’ve read “The Frontiersman” by Allan Eckert, you remember the part where young Simon Kenton, who was fleeing what he thought would be a murder charge in Faquier County after getting in a fight, became Simon “Butler.” Simon had the sense to find out the name of the owner of each new location he … Read moreThis is the exact spot on the Virginia Frontier where legendary frontiersman Simon Kenton became Simon Butler

A War Diary: the amazing diary of a Civil War preacher in rural West Virginia

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