Photographs are by Connie Geary.
Greeting each of the 2019 Twilight Tour visitors at Scottsville Museum were (L to R):
Lizz Koedam and Sue Eaton.
|Michael Barnes portrayed Cyrus McCormick, a young blacksmith from the Shenandoah Valley, who has arrived in 1831 in Scotts Landing (now Scottsville). Cyrus traveled to Scotts Landing via the James River and was about to revolutionize farming with his invention of a farming machine, the McCormick reaper (shown at right). His reaper was designed to have the horse-drawn reaper cut the grain to one side of the team. When the McCormick reaper design was perfected, gone was the need for a farmer to slowly and laboriously cut his crops of wheat or hay by hand with a scythe!|
|Kit Decker portrayed Roberts Coles, the son of Edward Coles. Edward was born to the prominent
Coles family of Enniscorthy in Albemarle County and was the cousin of Dolley Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Edward Coles also served as President James
Madison's private secretary, who urged Thomas Jefferson to work for an end of slavery in Virginia. Jefferson refused. Undeterred,
Edward Coles then sold his property and took his slaves with him to Illinois, where he freed them and gave them land. Edward was later elected
governor of Illinois. After a defeat by a pro-slavery candidate, Edward left Illinois and settled in Philadelphia, where he married and raised his
family. His son, Roberts, spent most summers with his Coles relatives in Albemarle and thought of himself as a true Virginian. To the great
disappointment of his father, Roberts settled in Albemarle County and became a slaveholder. Then in 1861, Civil War began in Virginia.
Roberts Coles, son of Edward, joined the Confederate Army as an officer with the Green Mountain Grays. On this eve before the Battle of Roanoke Island, Roberts mused about his Virginia life. Roberts was killed in this battle on February 8, 1862, and buried in the Coles family cemetery in Philadelphia.
|The most famous missionary in China, Lottie Moon, was born and raised at Viewmont, north of Scottsville. Many have heard the story of her final years in China -- years filled with war, plague, and famine -- and of the sacrifices of her resources for any in need. Miranda Burnett portrayed Lottie as a young woman, who arrived in China in 1873 as an untried Baptist missionary from a small town. She would serve there for 40 years. During a 1911-1912 famine in China, Lottie Moon shared her own meager money and food with everyone around her, severely affecting her health. Weighing only 50 pounds, Lottie Moon died on December 24, 1912, from severe malnutrition; she died off the shore of Kobe, Japan, onboard a ship returning her home to Virginia.|
|Ralph Lewis portrayed George Bagby, who was a 'fine southern gentleman' and traveled in style on the James River and Kanawha Canal. This canal also lasted 40 years from 1840 until the first train tracks were laid on the old tow path. Damaged during Sheridan's Raid in 1865, this canal rose from the ashes and continued conveying passengers between Richmond and Lynchburg. As recalled by George Bagby, packet boats were the most popular way to travel. Hitched to a pair of horses, the packet wound its way through the Virginia countryside. The trip came complete with delicious southern cooking, overnight accomodations, and beautiful views from the upper deck.|
|Matt Lawless portrayed Scottsville's photographer, William Burgess. William Burgess (1871-1935) was a photographer and historian, who lived his adult years in Scottsville, Virginia. He was known to all as 'Willie' and worked out of Idylwood, his combination home and photo studio located in the eastern part of Scottsville that lies in Fluvanna County. An avid photographer since his teenaged years, Burgess carried his large box camera and tripod everywhere. He seemed determined to photograph everything he encountered, often appearing as if from thin air to take a family portrait or record a town event.|
|Shannon Bittner reenacted a young Scottsville lady sending her boyfriend (portrayed by Max Beers) off to fight with the U.S. Navy in WWII. December 7, 1941, changed the town of Scottsville. After the United States declared war, everyone here pitched in to help with the war effort. Familes grew Victory Gardens, followed tight rationing, and scanned the skies for enemy planes. Citizens showed ingenuity and determination, running farms and working at factories. Scottsville sent at least 83 young men and women to serve in World War II. For many of these young men -- sometimes still in their teens -- it was often a sobering first taste of life beyond the farm or the city.|
|Scottsville's Mayor Nancy Gill served as a Twilight Tours guide on both Saturday and Sunday nights. Thanks to all of our most dedicated tour guides: Nancy Gill, Dan Gritsko, B. Maxwell, Andy Wilson, Mike West, Nancy Gill, Katie Decker, Bob Talbott, and Richard Morris!|
|Katie Decker (R) is shown above with Mayor Nancy Gill (L). Katie was the Museum's graphic artist for all of the Museum's publicity efforts -- a very talented artist and Twilight Tours guide, too!|
|Paci Bonham played his violin beautifully and with much energy as he stood on the
patio between the Scottsville Museum and the Barclay House next door. His music added great depth to the evening and another layer of
talent to intrigue our Twilight Tours takers! Thanks so much, Paci, for your great musical contribution to the Twilight Tours--we loved listening
to your music!!
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