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The Historic Dickson Home (“Spring Valley Farm”) on Second Creek

The historic Dickson home/farm went up for auction this past weekend, along with all of its contents. We were fortunate to obtain some of the items. The site, known as Spring Valley Farm, is located along US Route 219 in Monroe County, West Virginia, right at the Greenbrier County line. This location, situated on Second Creek, at a gap in the gorge created by the creek, had always been an important stopping point for 18th and 18th century travelers. It served as a stagecoach stop and tavern during the mid 19th century. This property is also an excellent example of the transition from log cabin pioneer subsistence on the Virginia frontier, to successful upper class planter that symbolized the very beginning of the American Dream.

Scavengeology skills ID important-looking bald guy in painting found at yard sale, and it’s a good one….

It was a little easier to read the text once I took a photo of it and manipulated the colors, etc., using photoshop. It appears to read, “State of the Roll, Borough of Greenwich, December 1832.” Then there’s some names, but they’re pretty difficult to read, even after running it through photoshop. So I turned to google with the things I did know: the date of 1832, the “Borough of Greenwich” and some sort of vote or roll call….