|Highlights, February 2020|
|Salute to Loyd Ballowe, 1947 - 2020:
Scottsville Museum reports with great sadness the passing of Loyd Ballowe at his Scottsville home on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Loyd waa a devoted docent volunteer at the Museum and the husband of our docent coordinator, Irene Ballowe. Many times when a docent reported to Irene that he/she was unable to cover a docent assignment due to an unexpected personal commitment elsewhere at that time, Loyd would raise his hand and tell his wife, "I'll take it, Irene." And he drove off to the Museum at the appointed hour and cheerfully greeted Museum visitors and helped them find answers to their local history questions.
Loyd was born on June 16, 1947, in Buckingham County, Virginia, a son of the late James Tyler and Ida Louise (Adcock) Ballowe. Loyd retired as a Lieutenant with the Virginia Department of Corrections for over 28 years and enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting. He was married to Irene Ballowe for over 49 years and greatly enjoyed spending time with Irene and their family.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 am on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Thacker Brothers Funeral Home by the Reverend Wayne Tyree. Internment will follow in the Scottsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Robert Lee Bryan, Scottsville Printer and Newspaper Man:
Robert Lee Bryan was born in Charlottesville, VA, in 1909, and was the son of William Whitaker Bryan and Addye Bryan. In Charlottesville, William Bryan ran a print shop called the Virginia Printing Company, and his son, Robert, started helping his father by running printing errands for him when he was only five years old. While attending public school in Charlottesville, Robert learned the printing trade from his father. From 1938-1944, Robert served as the "jack-of-all-trades" on the Scottsville News, which was housed in the 19th-century tavern at the end of Scottsville's Main Street. When new owners took over the production of the Scottsville News near the end of WWII, Robert Bryan operated a print shop in an old white frame building just off East Main Street and near the Scottsville train depot.
To learn more about Robert Lee Bryan, his family, and his printing and newspaper work in Scottsville, visit Robert Lee Bryan, Scottsville Printer and Newspaper Man.
Feedback from Museum Fans:
Carlene Johnson, Midlothian, VA: Our son, Maxwell Johnson, was an Institute for Public History (IPH) intern with Scottsville Museum in 2018 when he was a student at the University of Virginia. Max has often expressed to us (and many others) how much he enjoyed working with you all and how inspired he was by the passion and knowledge of those he worked with, and by those who graciously shared their stories with him and the history he learned from his archival research as well!
Now Max is in graduate school in Quebec City at the only French-speaking-only university in Canada, broadening his perspective on the human experience (with the added boon of improving his French!)
Max wanted to make sure that money he received for Christmas went to renew his membership with the Scottsville Museum, and so I am carrying out his direction. Thank you for the work you do -- and for energizing a whole new generation! Best wishes for your continued success!
Shown at right is Maxwell Johnson at the Scottsville Museum's Barclay House, May 2018
|Highlights, January 2020|
|Salute to Rita Nora (Pollard) Burgess, 1931-2019:
Scottsville Museum sadly reports the passing of Rita Nora Burgess, nee Nora Elizabeth Pollard, who passed away on December 31, 2019, in Darby, Pennsylvania. Rita (shown at right) was born on January 21, 1931, in Charlottesville and was the daughter of Francis Kerr Pollard and Verna (Robertson) Pollard. Rita graduated from Scottsville High School in 1948 and attended Longwood College in a two-year Secretarial Business Program. Later she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree in history in 1973. She also earned her Master of Library Science from Villanova University in 1984 and Master of Library Science from Villanova University in 1984. Rita married William 'Harold' Burgess, Jr.(1930-2015), who was the grandson of Scottsville's noted photographer, William E. Burgess. Rita and Harond, her husband, lived for many years in Palmyra, VA.
Rita was very interested in local history and was a member of the Scottsville Museum and of the Fluvanna Historical Society. In the early 2000's, Rita contacted the Scottsville Museum about helping us to identify some of the Scottsville people contained in our Burgess photos and also of the photos she let us scan that were contained in her husband's collection of W.E. Burgess photographs. We learned much about the identities and history behind our growing collection of W.E. Burgess photographs, thanks to Rita's help. Rita was an active supporter of Scottsville Museum and its efforts to document our artifacts and digital archives. It was our extreme pleasure to work with Rita and to learn from her many contributions to capturing Scottsville's history. Thank you, Rita Nora Burgess -- you will be greatly missed!
A funeral service for Rita Nora Burgess will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home. For more information, please see her obituary in The Daily Progress : Rita Nora Burgess Obituary.
Stories About John B. Anderson (1819-1893),
A Farmer and Carpenter Near Scottsville:
John B. Anderson was born in 1819 in Louisa County, VA, and in the 1850's, John inherited a 1000-acre farm on the border of Albemarle and Fluvanna county and near Scottsville. He was a farmer and a self-taught carpenter, and in his 40's, John served as a Private in the Civil War with Company C, 60th Virginia Infantry. After the war, John (shown at right) returned to his farm where his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Morris (1823-1893), was raising their ten children. John was highly respected in the Scottsville area as a man of his word and for his farming and carpentry skills, so well-respected that his family and friends referred to him as 'Captain' John B. Anderson.
In 1971, Thomas Cleveland Sadler authored a book, entitled "Memories of Bygone Days," in honor of his wife, Fannie (Anderson) Sadler, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Fannie was the granddaughter of John B. Anderson, and remembered many fond family stories about her grandfather, which her husband captured in his book.
To learn more about John B. Anderson's Civil War service, family, and Albemarle life, visit John B. Anderson, 60th Virginia Infantry.
|Highlights, December 2019|
|2019 Festival of Lights in Scottsville, 30 November-
08 December 2019:
Come and enjoy the 2019 Annual Festival of Lights in Scottsville! This year it will take place at the Scottsville Town Hall Council Chambers (2nd floor of Victory Hall, 401 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA) on Saturday and Sunday, November 30th and December 1st, and Saturday and Sunday, December 7th & 8th from 2pm until 7pm. Come and enjoy the Festival of Lights which brings the magic of Christmas to children and adults alike. The Festival of Lights is a room full of colorful and festive Christmas trees and lights provided by Scottsville's local businesses, organizations and individuals. This Festival is sponsored by the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free!
|Highlights, November 2019|
Jack Maxwell Wins Second Golf Gold Medal at Special Olympics
|Highlights, October 2019|
|MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Twilight Tour Through History - at Mt. Ida!|
Sunday, 27 October 2019:
Twilight Tours through Scottsville History is taking it on the road on Sunday, October 27, and just in time for Halloween! This special Twilight Tour performance at Mt. Ida/The Lodge Tasting Room and Tap House takes tour-goers on a scenic road trip through the hills and vales of their lovely property and to the historic homes, Mt. Ida and Mt. Pleasant, to hear from three 'spirits' along the way: Lottie Moon, William Burgess, and the Moon Ghost Story. The tour is led by Mike West, tour guide.
This tour's shuttle departs at 5:30 pm on Sunday, 27 October, from the Tasting Room & Taphouse at Mount Ida Reserve (5600 Moonlight Drive, Charlottesville, VA). The tour ends at approximately 6:30 pm, and each ticket costs $25.00 which may be purchased online (see below link) or at the Tasting Room & Taphouse upon arrival.
Please follow the below directions to the Tasting Room & Taphouse from Route 64 (fyi, GPS or Google Maps may not be reliable on this property):
1) Take exit 121 Scottsville/Charlottesville.
2) Head toward Scottsville (left off exit) onto Route 20 South (travel approximately 6-7 miles).
3) Turn left onto Carter Mountain Road.
4) Turn immediate right onto Secretarys Road (travel approximately 3 miles until you reach a 4-way stop.
5) At 4-way stop, turn right onto Blenheim Road (travel approximately 2.5-3 miles).
6) When you arrive at the black and gold "The Lodge" sign on the left, turn left onto Moonlight Drive through the open iron gates.
7) Follow Moonlight Drive until you reach black and gold sign, "Tasting Room & Taphouse", to the right. Turn left.
For more information about this Mt. Ida Reserve event and to purchase tickets online, visit:
Twilight Tour Through History at Mt. Ida Reserve.
Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History, 19-20 October 2019:
The Scottsville Museum hosted its seventh annual "Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History" on the weekend of October 19-20 in Scottsville. The project, led by Museum volunteers, Lisa Bittner and Miranda Burnett, was in collaboration with the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. Local actors told the stories of six characters from Scottsville's history ranging from 1840 - 1944, and the tour on Sunday also included local recollections of Hurricane Camille and the Vietnam Era. The actors portraying these people and recalling events from our local history were Michael Barnes, Kit Decker, Miranda Burnett, Ralph Lewis, Matt Lawless, Shannon Bittner, Max Beers, Jack Kircher, and Dennis Nicholas.
Shown above is Bob Talbott, one of seven tour guides leading our Tours through the evening streets of Scottsville. Many thanks to all of our guides: Bob Talbott, Dan Gritsko, B. Maxwell, Andy Wilson, Mike West, Nancy Gill, and Kate Decker. Many thanks also to Jack Maxwell, who kept our visitors safe from car traffic passing by our walking tours and to our graphic artist, Kate Decker, who designed our engaging event posters. Special thanks are also due to Lizz Koedam and Sue Eaton, who very effectively managed our ticket check-in process at Scottsville Museum both nights and to SCAN who supported our the Twilight Tours' indoor/handicap-accessible performance at Victory Hall on Sunday afternoon, 20 October.
Scottsville Museum also thanks the Fluvanna Farm Heritage Museum (FFHM) at Pleasant Grove, Palmyra, VA, who loaned our Museum the McCormick's reaper from their John and Mary Beth May Collection. Thanks also to the FFHM folks (Betty McGehee, David Frazier, Jerry Lucado, and Rocky Lucado), who restored this reaper for our Museum's Twilight Tours, and to John Schlicting, who transported it to Scottsville Museum.
To see photos of Twilight Tours reenactors and other team members in action, visit Twilight Tours 2019.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History,
19-20 October 2019:
Scottsville Museum is pleased to announce the seventh annual Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History, which will be presented on Saturday and Sunday, 19-20 October 2019. The project is led by Museum volunteers, Lisa Bittner and Miranda Burnett, and is in collaboration with the Albemarle County Historical Foundation. The Twilight Tours is staffed by volunteer guides and local actors and actresses.
Meet journalist and humorist George Bagby as he makes one final voyage to Lynchburg on a packet boat. Overhear Green Mountain Grays' officer Robert Coles' musings on the eve of battle. Be astonished by Cyrus McCormick's new-fangled farm implement. Listen as Lottie Moon of Viewmont recounts her travails and tribulations in China and meet many more spirits of Scottsville's past.
These hour-long, outdoor walking tours depart, rain or shine, every 20 minutes from the Scottsville Museum on Saturday and Sunday, 19-20 October, and last approximately an hour.
Returning this year to our Twilight Tours is an indoor performance (handicap accessible) at Scottsville's Victory Hall located at 401 Valley Street. This indoor performance is scheduled from 2-3pm on Sunday, October 20.
|Highlights, September 2019|
|MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Albemarle County's 275th Anniversary Celebration,
28 September 2019
2019 marks 275 years since the Virginia House of Burgesses formed Albemarle County with Scott's Landing as the original county seat. Albemarle County is holding a small ceremony and festival to mark this 275th anniversary on Saturday, September 28th, 10 am - 2 pm, at the County Office Building - McIntire, 401 McIntire Rd., Charlottesville, Virginia. Activities will include a speaker series on Albemarle history; remarks by elected officials representing local/state/federal levels; music by the Charlottesville Municipal Band; a touch-a-truck event and other kids' activities; a community resource fair; and, of course, cupcakes! This 275th celebration is free to attendees, and all are welcome! See you there!
Richard Evans of Suffolk, VA, Visits Museum, 22 September 2019:
Richard Evans with Museum Docent, Valerie Brautigam
Scottsville Museum welcomed the visit of Richard Evans of Suffolk, VA, this past Sunday. Richard is a life member of the Museum and was married for 50 years to his wife, Eleanor Starke Evans (now deceased). Eleanor was the descendant of Scottsville's Holladay, Dillard, and Kincaid familes. In 2001, the Evanses shared the histories and photographs of these families and their homes (Glendower, Hatton Grange, and Cliffside) with the Museum, much of which is archived on our Museum's website.
On this lovely fall day, Richard drove to town to visit the graves of Eleanor's ancestors at Scottsville Cemetery. Next Richard met with Connie Geary and Valerie Brautigam, volunteers at Scottsville Museum to catch up on Museum happenings. Richard has a very interesting life -- born in Wales, England, Richard met his future wife, Eleanor, when he came to Suffolk, VA, to work at the Lipton Tea Company, a global company now owned by Unilever. During their marriage, Richard and Eleanor traveled overseas and about the U.S., including multiple visits to Scottsville, and today Richard continues those travels and his support to Scottsville Museum and Scottsville Cementery. Thank you, Richard, for visiting Scottsville Museum -- we had fun talking with you about Scottsville history and your many interests!
Morris Family Donates Morrisena Documents to Museum, 09 September 2019:
(L to R): Beth (Morris) Gillette, Cathy (Morris) Taylor, Graham Paige, and Doug Gillette
Scottsville Museum was delighted to host the Museum visit of Elizabeth "Beth" and Doug Gillette of Enfield, Connecticut, and Cathy Taylor of Casa Grande, AZ, this past Monday. Beth and Cathy are the daughters of James Taylor Morris (1913-1997) and Mary Jane (Montanus) Morris (1920-2006). Their father, James, was born at Morrisena, the property patented to his ancestor, Hugh Morris, in 1747 by King George II. Beth, Cathy, and three of their cousins are the current owners of Morrisena. Beth and Cathy brought 5 large plastic file boxes containing historic photos, documents, and ledgers regarding Morrisena life that they had collected and met with Graham Paige, Accessions Chairman of the Museum, to donate these historical treasures to the Museum. Beth thanked Graham and the Museum for giving these treasures a "voice" and a safe place to be.
Scottsville Museum wishes to thank Beth and Cathy for this most generous donation to our Museum collections! And thanks also to Doug Gillette, who helped Graham move these 5 heavy boxes from his car into our Museum! We are excited to begin the additional preservation of these documents and to continue our research on Morrisena, the Morris family, and their role in Albemarle history with tips from Beth and Cathy!
To learn more about the Morris family and Morrisena, see the additional links in the Morris family article below.
Children of John Lacy Morris Sr., and Daisy (Callahan) Morris of Morrisena:
Shown at right are the children of John Lacy Morris, Sr. (1881-1940) and Daisy Holmes (Callahan) Morris (1881-1967) in 1918. This family lived at Morrisena, the home which was built along the branches of Totier Creek near Warren, Virginia. Morrisena has been the home of the Morrises since it was granted in 1747 to their ancestor Hugh Morris (1727-1805) by King George II and witnessed by Sir William Gooch, Colonial Governor of Virginia. To learn more about the Morris family and Morrisena, visit:
The Family of John Lacy Morris, Sr., and Daisy (Callahan) Morris
Family of John Taylor Morris and Lelia B. (Lacy) Morris
John Lacy Morris, Jr.
James Taylor Morris
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - River Town Fest - Community Day in Scottsville,
14 September 2019:
Scottsville is the birthplace of Albemarle County, and this year marks 201 years since Scottsville was incorporated as a town. River Town Fest, Scottsville's Community Day, celebrates local community history and health. Events include the Scottsville Farmers Market; Scottsville Organization for Kids Soccer (SOKS); a sidewalk sale throughout town sponsored by the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce; free health screenings from Southern Albemarle Family Practice; kids activities; food and beverage tastings; music and more... Most events are free, and all events are open to the public! (The community fair and music will continue rain or shine).
Scottsville Museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, 14 Sept., during the River Town Fest.
Public bathrooms are available in the community center, Dorrier Park, the Farmer's Market and Canal Basin Square Outdoor Museum.
Public parking will be available at the following locations: on Valley and Main Streets; at the James River Boys & Girls Club community lot; and on Bird Street at the "old" tire factory lot.
River Town Fest Schedule:
Farmers Market: Scottsville Pavilion, 9am-1pm
SOKS Youth Soccer: Scottsville Pavilion, 9am-1pm
Free health screenings from Southern Albemarle Family Practice: Scottsville Pavilion, 9am-1pm
Community Health Fair: Scottsville Community Center, 9am-1pm
UVA Mobile Mammography Coach: Scottsville Community Center, 9am-1pm
Creative Faces with Stephanie: Scottsville Community Center, 9am-1pm
Petting Zoo: Scottsville Community Center, 9am-1pm
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale throughout town: 10am-4pm
Free music concert at the Scottsville Pavilion featuring the Jon Spear Band, with Powers and Brown. (BYO chairs!), 6-10pm
Food and Drinks at the Scottsville Pavilion: 6pm-10pm
Alcohol proceeds to benefit the Cat Action Team at Scottsville Pavilion, 6pm-10pm (BYO Chairs!)
|Highlights, August 2019|
|Jesse B. Grove, III, Passed Away On 10 August 2019:
It is with great sadness that Scottsville Museum advises our fellow Scottsville history fans of the passing of Jesse B. "Barry" Grove, III, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, 10 August. Barry was born on February 10, 1942, in Richmond, Virginia, and was the son of the late Jesse B. Grove, Jr., and Jacqueline Beal Grove of Scottsville. Barry was a graduate of Washington & Lee College and the University of Virginia Law School.
After a very successful law practice in San Francisco, California, Barry retired and moved with his wife, Leanne, to his ancestral town of Scottsville, Virginia, where he continued practicing in the field of construction law. Barry served as Mayor of Scottsville for three terms and oversaw the completion of the Streetscape Project. He also served on the Architectural Review Board and other town committees.
Barry also served on the Board of Trustees of Scottsville Museum and was a most faithful docent. When the Museum's Twilight Tours were performed each year, Barry could always be relied on to be one of our excellent and enthusiastic tour guides, too. At left, Barry is shown in full costume as a happy and informative guide for our 2015 Twilight Tours. Thank you, Barry, for all you have done for the Town of Scottsville and Scottsville Museum.
A memorial service for Jesse B. "Barry" Grove will be conducted at 3:00 pm, Friday, August 16, 2019 at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home by the Reverend Gordon Lindsey. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.
For more information, please see: Jesse B. Grove, III, Obituary on the Thacker Brothers Funeral Homes' web site.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - David Goetz Presents: Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracy, 10 August 2019:
On 10 August 2019 at 2 pm, Scottsville Museum is pleased to invite the public to a presentation at the Museum by author, David Goetz, on Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracy. In his presentation, David begins by examining the background of individuals and groups from both sides in the War Between the States, who wanted to capture or kill Confederate President Jefferson Davis and U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.
From these outlines, David explores Colonel Mosby's role, as well as that of his Rangers in the war, but especially in the Lincoln conspiracies. He further reviews Mosby's service as a soldier and spy under his commanding officer, General J.E.B. Stuart, and, after Stuart's death, General Robert E. Lee; his perfection of the concept of need to know; his communications system with Richmond and the Northern Neck of Virginia and the importance of cover stories for his various actions and those of his men.
David investigates deep-cover Confederate clandestine operatives in Washington and Baltimore. He also traces how Mosby Ranger Lewis Powell was drawn into clandestine work by the Confederate Secret Service and ultimately introduced to John Wilkes Booth, becoming part of his group. David further explores the wide net cast by Mosby's men and others, who observed Booth and David Herold as they fled Washington down the Secret Line through Maryland and into Virginia after Lincoln's murder and, ultimately, on to Garrett's farm in Caroline County.
A fresh look is given to Mosby's formation of his last company, Co. H, on April 5, 1865, four days before Lee's surrender to Grant, and how Confederate munitions expert and saboteur, Sgt. Frank Harney was embedded into it. It is believed his mission was to blow up the White House with Lincoln and his Cabinet in it, but Co. H was routed in a fight with federal Cavalry in Fairfax County, Va. on April 10; Harney and several of his team were captured miles away near the Potomac River. Some of Mosby's stay-behind group was also in place in Virginia and Maryland to assist Harney escape had his plan succeeded.
The central question in all of this is how much did Mosby know, and was he complicit in an attempt to murder the President of the United States?
It is a fascinating story and offers new insights and focuses on numerous attempts to capture or kill Abraham Lincoln. Although Colonel Mosby's and his Rangers' roles have been discussed in many books and publications, David is the first to write a book considering Mosby as an integral part of the Lincoln conspiracies.
To learn more about Ever the Gray Ghost, please attend David Goetz's presentation at Scottsville Museum on Saturday, 10 August 2019, at 3 pm. Copies of David's book will be available for purchase at the Museum. Admission is free!
|Highlights, July 2019|
|Luther Randolph Stinson, Scottsville Doctor, 1904-1950:
Luther Randolph Stinson was born on August 25, 1879, in Buckingham County, VA; he was the son of Thomas Henry Stinson and Eveline Elizabeth Baber. Luther spent most of his early life in Buckingham County where he attended Axtel Academy in Glenmore. In 1900, Dr. Stinson graduated from the University College of Medicine in Richmond. Desiring to learn more of medical techniques, he enrolled for an eight-month course at the Polytechnic Clinic Medical School and Hospital in New York City in 1903 and completed it. In 1904, Doctor Stinson began his general practice in Scottsville. To learn more about Dr. Stinson's medical career and life in Scottsville, visit: Luther Randolph Stinson.
|Highlights, June 2019|
|Batteau Night in Scottsville, 19 June 2019:
A James River Batteau at Scottsville. Photo by Lauren Turek .
The 34th Annual James River Batteau Festival begins on Saturday, June 15, 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, 19 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. Music concerts at Canal Basin Square begin at 4pm and end at 8pm. Featured musicians are:
4:00 - 4:45 pm Four Hits and Miss
5:00 - 6:20 pm Brandon Wayne and his Lonesome Doves
6:45 - 8:00 pm HOBOJAC
Additionally vendors selling food and beverages, artwork, souvenirs, and publications will be stationed at Canal Basin Square from 4:00-8:00 pm.
Public parking is near the James River, at the Scottsville United Methodist Church, or at Dorrier Park (from Valley Street/Rt. 20, turn right on West Main Street, turn left on Page Street to park) and walk the Levee Trail to Canal Basin Square and the James River.
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.
Volunteers Needed for Batteau Night in Scottsville, 19 June 2019:
*For folks who have always wanted to be a part of the James River Batteau Festival, but who don't have a boat!*
During this year's Scottsville Landing event on Wednesday, June 19th, Scottsville Events & Tourism is looking for volunteers to dress up in batteau period clothes (like the batteau crew in photo above!) and stand along the levee wall, directing visitors to and from the river's edge to Canal Basin Square. There will be food and music in the Square, but we'd like people to know they can easily walk down the levy wall from Reeling and Rafting (the landing site) to the Canal Basin Square and the James River.
The event is from 4-8pm. Any amount of time volunteered would be appreciated! Please email: email@example.com for more information!
John B. Anderson's Civil War Sword:
Anderson's Civil War sword donated by Jean Williamson of Tracys Landing, MD
Scottsville Museum wishes to thank Jean Williamson for her recent donation of the above military sword used by John B. Anderson during his Civil War service with Company C, 60th Virginia Infantry. John lived on a 1000-acre farm near Scottsville which bordered on the Albemarle and Fluvanna county lines. He was a farmer and a self-taught carpenter, as well as the father of D. Wiley Anderson, noted Virginia architect. For many years this sword hung over his son's mantle at Albevanna Springs. To learn more about John B. Anderson's Civil War service, family, and Albemarle life, visit: John B. Anderson, 60th Virginia Infantry.
|Highlights, May 2019|
|"Let's Roll a Hogshead!" by William E. Trout:
A picturesque phase of tobacco marketing in the Colonial and Early National period in Virginia was the practice of rolling the hogshead of tobacco from the plantation to the place of inspection and sale. Transportation of tobacco in this manner was considered by by William Tatham as "peculiar to the Virginia era" in a book he authored in 1800 entitled, "An Historical and Practical Essay on the Culture and Commerce of Tobacco."
Much of Virginia's history is the history of hogsheads. These were large barrels about 4 feet high and 4 feet in diameter and weighed about 1000 pounds, half a ton, when packed with tobacco. Shown at left is hogshead replica with a rig for rolling it as created by Jeff Falls and on display at Scottsville's Canal Basin Square.
To learn more from Mr. Trout's research about hogsheads' importance in transporting Virginia tobacco safely to market in the 1700-1800's, visit Let's Roll a Hogshead!.
Honoring Master Sergeant Thomas B. Hudson, U.S. Army Air Forces:
As Memorial Day 2019 approaches,
Scottsville Museum wishes to honor all of our military veterans. Recently Jo Ann Hudson, daughter of Master Sergeant Thomas B. Hudson, donated her father's World War II artifacts, including a 1945 photograph of him as he completed his Army Air Forces service; see photo at left.
Thomas grew up on his family's farm on Rural Rt. 2 near Scottsville, Virginia, and was the son of Walter William Hudson and Alta Pamilia Hudson. He attended Scottsville Schools but began working on the Hudson family farm near Scottsville before his Scottsville School days were complete. Thomas eventually moved to construction work and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force on July 14, 1942, at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. During WWII, Thomas served in the Europe as part of Squadron D, 234th Army Air Forces where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant.
To learn more about M/Sgt Thomas B. Hudson and his WWII service, visit: Thomas B. Hudson.
|Highlights, April 2019|
|Spring Opening at Scottsville Museum, 07 April 2019:
Exhibit: Where The River Bends: Scottsville On The James
The Scottsville Museum will open for the 2019 season on Sunday, April 7, at 2 pm. Shown at right is our featured speaker, Maxwell Johnson, who will talk about research he did on the community of Esmont, while working as a Museum intern during the past year. Mr. Johnson studied all aspects of the town of Esmont, interviewing local residents, photographing historic buildings, and researching documentation on various properties. His research took him to Richmond, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C. You can see some of the results of his project here on the Museum web site. Mr. Johnson is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia. He comes from Midlothian, VA, and graduated from Midlothian High School. At the University he is studying anthropology and American studies with a minor in French.
Join us for refreshments and our program, and celebrate the re-opening of the Museum. From April through October the Museum will be open on Saturdays from 10 to 5, and on Sundays from 1 to 5. All are welcome and admission is free. We also open for special tours at other times--just let us know when you want to visit (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tel: 434-286-2247).
Passing of Timothy Michael Small, 15 April 2019:
On 15 April 2019, Timothy Michael Small passed away in Albemarle County, Virginia. Tim was born on September 29, 1940, in Muncie, Indiana. Tim and his wife, Sandra Jean (Adams) Small, lived at their longtime home, named Riverview, in Scottsville, Virginia. Tim and Sandra are the parents of a son, David Theodore Small, and three daughters, Amanda Kay Kaster, Michele Alene Harrison, and Monica Leigh Hammock.
Tim loved Scottsville's history and was very actively involved in preserving it. He played a significant role in putting together the town's river history and the resulting exhibit at Scottsville's Canal Basin Square. He also was an excellent and engaging teacher of our history. Evelyn Edson, President of Scottsville Museum, remembers a group of high school students, who were coming down the river with the James River Association and stopped in Scottsville at the Canal Basin Square exhibit to learn more about the town's river history. Tim held them spellbound down by the river boats there for over an hour. Tim and his passion for Scottsville's history will be missed! Our condolences go out to Tim's wife, Sandra, and family.
|Highlights, March 2019|
|Bank of Scottsville by Robert Tharpe
The Virginia General Assembly passed an Act to establish the Bank of Scottsville in the County of Albemarle on March 12, 1849. James W. Mason, a notable Scottsville resident and builder of "Old Hall," was listed as a director. The Bank was not established then, however; three years later, the Bank was chartered as an independent Bank on May 28, 1852. Independent banks were backed by approved public securities deposited with the state treasurer. There were 2 major issues of currency, one backed by the State of Virginia securities and the second issue was not backed by the State of Virginia. Shown above is a ten dollar banknote issued by the Bank of Scottsville on April 18, 1861.
To learn more, visit Bank of Scottsville by Robert Tharpe
Randolph Jefferson's Legacy by Joanne Yeck
Well over ten years ago, I stumbled upon Randolph Jefferson for the first time. I was tracing my Harris family's acquisition of Snowden, a plantation lying in Buckingham County, directly across from Scottsville at the Horseshoe Bend of the James River. In the 1820's, a land tax record noted that a significant percentage of the farm had been transferred from the estate of Randolph Jefferson to Capt. John Harris of Albemarle County. Needless to say, the Jefferson name caught my attention, though I had no idea who Randolph Jefferson was. It did not take long to find out, however, it took years to collect the information that turned him from a stereotype into a three-dimensional character.
To learn more about Randolph Jefferson's Legacy, visit Randolph Jefferson's Legacy.
|Highlights, February 2019|
|John Henry Phillips, Jr., Scottsville Rural Mail Carrier, 1920-1962
John Henry Phillips, Jr., and his wife, Annie (Whitlock) Phillips, are shown at a gathering of the Phillips family in Cunningham, Fluvanna County, Virginia, in October 1924. John became a rural mail carrier for the Scottsville Post Office in 1920 and served in that role for 42 years. His mail route started out on horseback using the local dirt, and sometimes muddy, roads, and by his last ten years of postal service, John had to trade for a new car each year. He married Annie (Whitlock) Phillips in 1921 in Washington, DC, and Annie Phillips taught in Scottsville schools for 40 years, retiring in June 1961. To learn more, visit John Henry Phillips, Jr., and Annie Phillips.
William Edward Moody, Scottsville's Country Doctor, 1946-1994
After earning his medical degree in 1941 at Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. William Edward Moody moved to Charlottesville where he worked as a resident physician at Martha Jefferson Hospital until the U.S. Army claimed him later that year. Dr. Moody then served as an Army doctor in the South Pacific during World War II. After the War, Dr. Moody and his family moved to Scottsville in 1946 where he worked as a full-time country doctor covering Scottsville and the neighboring areas for 44 years. If someone needed a doctor in the middle of the night or 15 miles down the road from Scottsville in inclement weather, they didn't hesitate to call the highly-respected and much-loved Dr. Moody, and he drove to his patient and took excellent care of his/her medical needs.
To learn more about Dr. Moody, visit William Edward Moody, MD.
|Highlights, January 2019|
|Scottsville Museum's Historical Survey of Esmont Village Online, 2 Jan. 2019
Town of Esmont, 1910, Photo by W.E. Burgess. Courtesy of Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/95507550/
Scottsville Museum is pleased to announce that a new section has been added to our web site containing the results of our summer's survey of many of the historical sites in the Esmont village. Maxwell Johnson, the Museum's 2018 intern from UVA's Institute for Public History, conducted the research on the historical sites in Esmont village which includes Esmont, Keene, Porters District, Chestnut Grove, and Sand Road in Alberene. Maxwell also photographed many of these historical sites which he included along with his research data on the churches, homes, schools, and businesses. To learn more, visit: The Esmont Community.
Thank you, Maxwell Johnson, for your excellent historical research, photography, and dedication to our Esmont survey project! Additionally we want to thank the Mellon Foundation, who funded Maxwell's internship with the Museum, and Lisa Goff, Director of the Institute For Public History, who identified this funding for the Museum. And we also want to thank our Museum volunteers, Fannie Louden, Evelyn Edson, and Connie Geary for managing this project and processing the wonderful project results for our web site!
Lieutenant Hopkins Hardin, Co. C, 19th Virginia Infantry
Hopkins Hardin was a Confederate soldier, who served in Company C, 19th Virginia Infantry. At the age of 23, he entered Company C in April 1861, enlisting at Scottsville, Virginia. He fought in all of the principal battles and skirmishes of his division, taking part in such actions as those at Bull Run (first and second battles), Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Boonsborough, and, last all, he was in that great decisive battle which determined the fate of the Southern Confederacy, the battle of Gettysburg. In this battle, Hopkins was wounded three times; he had been wounded previously at both Fredericksburg and Boonsborough. There was no question as to his bravery, his ardor, or his enthusiasm in battle. Young Hopkins Hardin was a dedicated Virginia soldier.
For more information on Lieutenant Hardin's Civil War service and his family, visit: Hopkins Hardin.
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:
Shown at right is the Fleming Turner Daybook, dated 1822-1827, that details the products and daily costs of Mr. Turner's farm in New Canton, Buckingham County, VA. This ledger is one of approximately 45 historic ledgers of local farms and businesses for the time period 1817 - 1926 which are preserved in the collections of Scottsville Museum. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Sydney Morgan and Julia Spong, Institute for Public History interns at the Museum in 2012-2013, these ledgers were photographed and collection finding aids developed for 20 of them. Each ledger includes an inventory of the ledger contents, a detailed name index of business and patron names, and the research results on the farm and/or business owner who recorded transactions in that ledger. These finding aids have been added to our Museum web site, and to learn more, please visit, Ledgers.
New Educational Activities For Kids:
Scottsville Museum is proud to announce we have added new educational activities to our web site for children in Grades 3 and 4. These activities are based on six selected themes in Scottsville's history from 1732 to present: The Monacans; A Community Begins (1744-1762); Batteau Era; Canal Era (1830-1881); Civil War (1861-1865); and Floods. These activities were created by Rachel Gottlieb, a former Institute For Public History intern at the Museum, who earned a Masters of Teaching from the University of Virginia. Rachel's online educational materials include a teacher's guide, historical fact sheets for each theme, and activities that may include role playing, critical thinking, comparing and contrasting exercises, and matching games. Rachel geared these activities to Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL) for Grades 3 and 4. These activities will be available online for parents and teachers seeking supplemental educational materials to teach local Virginia history, geography, government, and critical thinking. Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your superb teaching skills with students of Albemarle County history!
To explore these new educational activities for kids, please visit: More Activities.
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