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 Homemade Mountain Chairs of Virginia and West Virginia

The Virginia Rural Slat-back chair is the chair of the common man, and particularly special to Virginia (especially what would become West Virginia post 1863). It is unique to the region, and has coasted under the radar through the years of the city-dwellers with the taste for a more refined object to sit upon (though … Read moreThe Homemade Mountain Chairs of Virginia and West Virginia

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

AVAILABLE NOW! 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 buff, began metal detecting … 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

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

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”

Pistol found hanging under the floor of an abandoned WV log cabin

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

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

Some before and after shots I put together of historic Greenbrier Valley (and a couple other) locations.

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.