Highlights, April 2017
Spring Opening, 09 April 2017
Albemarle Ends Operation of Scottsville High School by Evelyn Edson
The front page of the Charlottesville newspaper, The Daily Progress, made this announcement on May 19, 1967, following a stormy School Board meeting.  Up to the last minute it looked as though the school might be saved, but now it was final.  A collision of forces brought about the decision.  Baxter Allison Pitts, Class of 1964, says, "They kept talking about closing the school in our day.  We hoped it wouldn't happen."
For the full feature article by Evelyn Edson that tells about Scottsville High School and its closing in June 1967,
visit Albemarle Ends Operation of Scottsville High School.
Highlights, March 2017
Docent Tea, 26 March 2017
President Evelyn Edson and Ron Smith
Each year over forty volunteers volunteer their time each month to serve as docents at the Museum. Our docents' donation of time allows the Museum to continue our free admission policy for the public from April through October each year. If you would like to become a Museum docent, please call Leanne at (434-286-4840) or contact us via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scottsville's Post Office and Postmasters
To learn more about Samuel Gault, Ashby Mayo, and other Scottsville postmasters from 1814-2015 and the various town buildings that housed the Post office in
Scottsville during this time frame, visit
Highlights, February 2017
W.F. Paulett and Son, Inc.
To learn more about this business and its owners and the unexplained catastrophe that struck this business on 28 February 1976, visit W.F. Paulett and Son, Inc.
Disastrous Fires on Scottsville's Main Street, 1976
To learn more about these two disastrous fires in Scottsville and the investigation that followed, visit
Highlights, January 2017
Ongoing Planning for Celebrate Scottsville High School in June 2017
Planning is in process to celebrate Scottsville High School (SHS) 1871 - 1967 on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The celebration will be held in the old SHS gym, and it is an event for all those who wish to celebrate the proud history of the first accredited high school by the University of Virginia and the State Department of Education (1913). Everyone is invited. The event is proudly sponsored by the Town of Scottsville and the Scottsville High School Alumni. For more information, please contact: Tommy Stargell, (434) 286-3853, email@example.com or Cenie Re Moon Sturm, (434) 286-3391, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In celebration of the many accomplishments of Scottsville High School, Scottsville Museum also is planning a display at the Museum about the high school and its students. The Museum also updated its website's School section to include photos of many students from 1891 to 1967. Shown below are four officers of the 1967 SHS Senior Class. To see more historical photos of students at Scottsville High School, visit: Scottsville Schools
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Highlights, December 2016
Christmas in Scottsville, 2016:
Highlights, November 2016
Museum's 2017 Membership Drive:
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Highlights, October 2016
Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History, 22-23 October 2016:
To see additional photos of Twilight Tours reenactors and guides, visitTwilight Tours 2016.
Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History, 22-23 October 2016:
Scottsville Museum is proud to announce a guided tour through Scottsville's history which will be presented on Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 October. The project is led by Museum Board member, Miranda Burnett, and staffed by volunteer guides and local actors and actresses. Come and take a lamplight stroll through historic Scottsville. With your tour guide, you will encounter town residents from bygone eras. Hear their tales and recollections, see notable places and people brought to life from the pages of history. Listen as Etta Harris recounts her doomed romance, and experience goosebumps in the telling of the Moon ghost. Enjoy a performance from Sunshine Sue at Victory Hall, and witness Virginia Moore's first arrival in Scottsville. Three other historical figures in the Scottsville area complete the cast and cover events from the Civil War through World War II. Your guided stroll will take you past landmarks such as the Barclay House, Scottsville Methodist Church, Canal Basin Square, and Victory Hall Theatre.
Tours depart every 20 minutes from the Scottsville Museum and last approximately an hour. Ticket prices are $5.00 and proceeds go to the Scottsville Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Scottsville's history.
Highlights, September 2016
|1990 Photos of Canal Warehouse Interior, 18 September 2016:
An Interior Photo of the Canal Warehouse First Floor, ca. 1990s
In early September 2016, Scottsville Museum received an envelope from an anonymous donor in Richmond. Inside was a short note, "I thought you, the Chamber, or the Warehouse owner might like these photos. They were in the attic." We unfolded the packet in the envelope to discover ten photos of the Canal Warehouse in Scottsville that were taken in the 1990s per the donor. Included in this packet were photos of the Warehouse's interior at that time which showed evidence of this building's repurposed function in the community where many dances and community bazaars were held from 1950-1980. The photo above was taken on the building's first floor looking toward the building's front on what is now Canal Basin Square. Thank you so much, dear donor of these photos -- we are thrilled to have them in the Museum's collections!
To see more of these photos of the Warehouse from the 1990s and learn more about this historic building, visit Canal Warehouse.
Highlights, August 2016
|Restoration of the Barclay House's Front Facade, 06 August 2016:
Restored sills, reglazed window panes, a new sign, and fresh paint!
Photos by Tom Thomson.
Robert Schwarz of the Museum's Buildings and Grounds team has been very busy this summer managing the repairs needed to restore the Barclay House's front facade. As shown in the photo above, Bob has done an excellent job leading and completing the task of restoring the first two floors of the Barclay House's front facade. This repair work included repairing the front sills using vintage 1600's wood, reglazing all of the window panes, and repainting the windows. Additionally, Bob had a new Barclay House sign made commercially and installed; see photos below for the finished restoration work.
We thank our donors for their generosity during our 2016 fund-raising drive which has funded the authentic restoration of these windows. Next Bob will be undertaking the restoration of the crumbling windows on the top two floors of the Barclay House's front facade. More details and photos to follow! Thanks to Bob, his restoration team, and our donors for your wonderful help on this much needed restoration project!
Highlights, July 2016
|MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Independence Day in Scottsville, 04 July 2016:
Fourth of July Parade in Scottsville
The Fourth of July is a day for family fun, and Scottsville is once again the place to be. This holiday falls on Monday this year, and by 8 a.m., festive crowds will begin forming on the Museum's front lawn to be ready for the parade that starts down Valley and Main Streets at 9 a.m.
Please join us to watch the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department's parade which will proceed from James River Road (east) down Valley Street (Route 20) to East Main Street (Route 6). These streets will be closed from 8:45 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m.
Street and Road Closure Information: There will be no parking on Harrison Street from 6:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Any vehicles parked on
Harrison Street during this time will be towed. Starting at 7:30 a.m., James River Road between Blenheim Road an Valley Street will
be limited to parade traffic only. Traffic on James River Road will flow from Blenheim Road towards Valley Street. Starting at 9:00 a.m.,
the following roads will be closed to traffic:
After the parade, vendors will be available all day at Dorrier Park. The annual fireworks display in Scottsville begins at dusk at Dorrier Park.
The Museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on 4 July. Do plan to come to Scottsville and join this annual and very fun celebration of our country's independence!
Highlights, June 2016
|MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Batteau Night in Scottsville, 22 June 2016:
Lady's Slipper Arriving in Scottsville
The 31st Annual James River Batteau Festival begins on Saturday, June 18, and runs through Saturday, June 22. This festival features authentic replicas of the sleek, shallow-draft merchant boats which were used during the late 1700's to transport tobacco, grain, and other goods on the James River from areas of central Virginia. Each year a small fleet of batteau travel 120 miles from Lynchburg to Richmond, stopping mid-way in Scottsville for music, fun, and festivities. Batteau will begin arriving in Scottsville in mid-afternoon on Wednesday, 22 June, and tie up at Scottsville's Ferry Street public boat landing. Visitors can also stroll along the levee by the James River in Scottsville while waiting for the batteau to arrive.
Do join us in Scottsville on Wednesday to see these wonderful boats and their enthusiastic crews in full costume. Scottsville Museum will be open on Batteau Day from 1-8 pm. There will be food and craft vendors at Canal Basin Square on East Main Street between 2 pm - 7 pm.
Highlights, May 2016
Opening Day at Scottsville Creamery, 1910:
In the Fall of 1909, Samuel R. Gault, Scottsville's postmaster and a local farmer, concluded that a creamery might prosper in Scottsville. He incorporated a creamery in Scottsville with $5000 capital and appointed himself its general manager. To learn more about Scottsville Creamery and how the business fared, visit Opening Day at Scottsville Creamery, 1910.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: What's happening at the Canal Warehouse? 07 May 2016
Highlights, April 2016
Condolences on the Passing of Raymond Thacker, 11 April 2016:
"We came to Scottsville when Raymon was 99, looking for the echoes of our family past. He was wonderful, giving us a tour of the Scottsville Museum, telling us about our tie in with the Barclay House and Sen.Thomas Staples, and how the Staples sisters were the ones who were the sisters on Walton's Mountain, making "Pappa's Recipe". He helped make some of our family history come alive for me with his knowledge and stories. I know from reading the Scottsville Museum Newsletter how instrumental he was in the work of the Museum, the government of Scottsville, and in preserving the history of the area. We know that our family member, Beverly, owned a mill west of town, was a trustee when the decision was made to build the church they attended, and that he lived at Spring Hill Farm, west of town, during the Civil War. Scottsville, I am sure, was at a center of much of his parents' lives and his families' lives. Raymon helped us understand that. I just wanted to share again, my appreciation for Raymon. He was a marvelous representative of Scottsville!" Kathy Herrick, The Villages, FL.
Museum's Spring Opening Reception, 03 April 2016:
Dr. William Trout and Nancy Koenig discuss batteau history on the Museum's front steps.
Scottsville Museum reopened for the 2016 season on Sunday, April 03, with its current exhibit, "Where the River Bends: Scottsville on the James.". The opening program featured a new display with two large pieces of a mid-19th century batteau/canal boat discovered in the Rappannock River and now on loan to the Museum from Fauquier History Museum in Warrenton. Dr. William Trout of the Virginia Navigation and Canal Society of Virginia provided an interesting explanation of this batteau's history and the construction differences between it and the James River batteau.
Also featured in the opening program was the "Mystery Painting" by Scottsville artist, Elias Kanarek, of Eddie Rickenbacker and two of his crewmen in a life raft after their plane crashed during World War II. Ruth Klippstein spoke on the most interesting results of her research on this Museum artifact. President Evelyn Edson spoke about the restoration and history of Mary Browne Bruce's dress which she wore at the 1910 wedding of Scottsville High School's Principal, William Day Smith, and Annie Parker Harris. The expert restoration of this dress was accomplished by Museum volunteer, Miranda Burnett. To conclude the Spring Opening, delicious punch and pastries from Crust and Crumb were served to all attendees!
To see more photos of this opening program, visit Spring Opening 2016.
Scottsville Museum will be open from now through October, Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 1-5 pm. It will also be open on Memorial Day, Batteau Day (June 22), and July 4th, or by appointment. Our current exhibit, "Where The River Bends," describes Scottsville's relationship with the James River. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Scottsville Museum Spring Opening, 03 April 2016:
On Sunday, 03 April, the Museum opens at 2:00 pm. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served! We look forward to seeing you at the Museum!
The Scottsville Sun Online!
The Scottsville Sun was organized in October 1951, thanks to the efforts of Scottsville's Lions Club, and was published by the Amherst Publishing Company. The newspaper's first editor was J. Bernard McDearman, and its first managing editor was Elizabeth Wimer. As a newspaper dedicated to serving the Scottsville community living in Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Buckingham counties, the Scottsville Sun covered local news and events in addition to publishing columns on subjects ranging from politics, to farming techniques, to housekeeping advice. This newspaper maintained a circulation of roughly 500 to 1000 readers, and was active from 1951 into the 1960's.
Kudos to Nicole for her excellent internship product, and special thanks to UVA's Music Library which allowed Nicole to use their large format scanner to complete our project! To learn more about this project and view scanned images of these newspapers, please visit: The Scottsville Sun.
Business Ledgers of Scottsville Area, 1817 - 1926:
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