Works Project Administration

 

Historical Articles from Rockingham County – Recorded in the 1930s

 

 

 

 

Documented by Volunteers at the Harrisonburg – Rockingham Historical Society from Public Records

 

Transcribed by Karen Grindell

Compiled by Seymour Paul

Proofread by Jerry Griffin

Edited by Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg, Ph.D.

 

 

“This write-up is a part of the Virginia W.P.A.

Historical Inventory Project sponsored by the

Virginia Conservation Commission under the

direction of the Division of History. Credit to both

the Commission and W.P.A. is requested for

publication, in whole or in part. Unless otherwise

stated, this information has not been checked for

accuracy by the sponsor.”


Introduction

 

These items have been transcribed from microfilm records at the Massanutten Regional Library in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Records are also available at the Virginia Library in Richmond, Virginia. Photographs are available only at the Virginia Library. Note: At the time this document was produced (2007) images of original documents and photos were available on line at the Library of Virginia web site. These are found on the "Maps" collection page at this link http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwehave/map/index.htm. On this page select "Virginia Historical Inventory" and use the search function to find Rockingham or other topics. This site indicates they have 343 Rockingham related items that include 140 photos with some unidentified photos.

 

This alphabetical index with page listings in this publication lists 257 of the WPA items in and around Rockingham County recorded in the late 1930s. The original records may include a descriptive article, and architectural form.

 

The articles herein include many of the original typing and grammatical errors. Caution to researchers; as always, check the original document, as some words are difficult to read – also review several sources to verify the data in the WPA articles.

 

 

From the Wikipedia – an internet source:

 

“The Historical Records Survey (HRS) was a project of the Works Progress Administration New Deal program in the United States. Originally part of the Federal Writers' Project, it was devoted to surveying and indexing historically significant records in state, county and local archives. The official mission statement was the "discovery, preservation, and listing of basic materials for research in the history of the United States."

Organized on November 16, 1935 under the direction of Luther H. Evans, it became an independent division of Federal One in October 1936, and in 1939 became part of the National Archives' Research and Records Program, Professional and Service Division. The program was shut down February 1, 1943.

In 1939 the federal government handed off the program's activities to willing state governments. Because of the program's short lifespan, many of the indexes were not published, and remain in only piecemeal form in local and state record repositories.

The HRS, headquartered in Washington, D.C., was organized into subdivisions (regional, state, district) and much of the work was done at the behest of the National Archives and Records Administration or state archive agencies. The HRS sometimes cooperated with the Daughters of the American Revolution and other volunteer groups with an interest in local history and genealogy.”

 


INDEX

 

 

Acker (The Old Peter) Homestead – Page 92.

                       

Antiques in home of Mrs. Groves – Page 5.

                       

Arey Graveyard – Page 14.

                       

Argenbright (Henry) Home – Page 94

                       

Armentrout (Lyle M.) & Noah Beery Home – Page 95.

                       

Armstrong (Colonel) Home - Page 98

                       

Armstrong (Colonel) Home, 2 – Page 98

                       

Ashby (Gen. Turner) Death and Monument – Page 88.

                         

B. Ney & Sons – Page 408.

                       

Bank Church Graveyard – Page 15.

                       

Barbee (Hotel) House – Page 385.

                       

Bear Graveyard – Page 16.

                       

Bear Lithia Springs – Page 386.

                       

Beery (John K.) Home – Page 104.

                       

Beery (John) Home, 1803 – Page 102.

                       

Beery (John) Home, 1804 – Page 99.

                       

Bell Grove – Page 106.

                       

Belmont Hall – Page 108.

                       

Benson (Rev. Daddy) Home – Page 110.

                       

Bibler Home – Page 111.

                       

Blakemore (The Old Billy) Home – Page 113.

                       

Blakemore, Billy et.al.Graves – Page 18

                       

Blosser Graveyard – Page 19.

                       

Bogota – Page 114.

                       

Bowman-Sellers Place – Page 116.

                       

Breastworks – Cannon Pits – Fortifications – Page 89.

                       

Brenneman Home – Page 118.

                       

Brenneman’s Church – Page 44.

                       

Brown Home (T.H.B.) – Page 121.

                       

Brown Home – Page 120.

                       

Brunk (Elias) Estate – Page 122.

                       

Bryan (Pendleton) Home – Page 123.

                       

Burtner Home – Page 125.

                       

Byerly (Joe) Home – Page 126.

                       

Byerly (Joseph) Home – Page 127.

                       

Catholic Church of Blessed Sacrament – Page 45.

                       

Catholic Church of Blessed Sacrament, site – Page 47.

                       

Chambers Home – Page 128

                       

Chapel of Ease (Church Site) – Page 49.

                       

Chapel of Ease, 2 – Page 50.

                       

Click (Joel) Home – Page 130.

                       

Cline (John) Home – Page 129.

                       

Cock and Bull Story-Bibler Home – Page 112.

                       

Coffman (Davy) Home – Page 131.

                       

Coffman (Isaac) Home – Page 132.

                       

Collicello – Page 135.

                       

Conrad Store – Page 387.

                       

Craft House – Page 136.

                       

Craney Island – Page 138.

                       

Cravens (Robert) Home – Page 141.

                       

Davis (Jimmy) Home – Page 146.

                       

Dayton Cemetery, The Old – Page 22.

                       

Detamore (St. Clair) Home– Page 147.

                       

Devier (Bernard) Home –  Page 148.

                       

Devies (Hugh) Home (Site) – Page 149.

                       

Dinkle (Bill) Home – Page 150.

                       

Dinkle (Joe) Home – Page 151.

                       

Dinkle (William) Home – Page 150.

                       

Domestic Arts and Manufacturing – Page 384.

                       

Dove, Florence Interview – Page 370.

                       

Dovel (John W.) Home – Page 153.

                       

Duff’s Hotel – Page 388

                       

Effinger (Michael H.) Home and Farm – Page 155.

                       

Effinger House – Page 157.

                       

Elk Run M.E. Cemetery – Page 25.

                       

Elk Run M.E. Church Site – Page 51.

                       

Episcopal Church in Rockingham – Page 52.

                       

First Methodist School in Rockingham – Page 382.

                         

Frieden’s Church – Page 55.

                       

Funk House – Page 159.

                       

Funk Printing House – Page 160.

                       

Funkhouser (W.M.) Home – Page 161.

                       

Gambill (Littleton W.) Home – Page 162.

                       

Gardner Property – Page 164.

                       

Graham (John) Lot (Another Part) – Page 167.

                       

Graham (John) Residence – Page 165.

                         

Grove, The – Page 169.

                       

Hall (James M.) – Page 172.

                       

Hardscrabble – Page 174.

                       

Harris (John T. Jr.) Home – Page 178.

                       

Harris (Judge John T., Sr.) Residence – Page 180.

                       

Harrison (Daniel) Plantation – Page 183.

                       

Harrison (Peachy) Home – Page 188.

                       

Harrison (Thomas) Home– Page 190.

                       

Harrison (William C.) Home – Page 191.

                       

Harrison Homestead (David) – Page 186.

                       

Harrisonburg Post Office – Page 390.

                       

Hart, Silas – Page 9.

                       

Helbert Hotel – Page 393.

                       

Hensley (Charles) Home – Page 193.

                       

Herring (Captain John A.) Home - Page 198.

                       

Herring (William) Home – Page 199.

                       

Herringford – Page 194.

                       

Hershberger Home – Page 200.

                       

Hershberger-Wynant Graveyard 1 – Page 28.

                       

Hershberger-Wynant Graveyard 2 – Page 29.

                       

Hess, Earl H. & wife Vivian Reedy – Page 373.

               

Higgs (K.M.) Residence – Page 201.

                       

Hill Top – Page 203.

                       

Hollen (Eli) Home – Page 205.

                       

Homeland – Page 206.

                       

Hoover Home – Page 208.

                       

Hopkins Mill – Page 375.

                       

Houck (J.P.) Residence – Page 209.

                       

Hughes Home – Page 211.

                       

Inglewood – Page 212.

                       

Irick Home – Page 214.

                       

Irvine Graveyard, The – Page 31.

                       

Jones (Brigadeer-General John R.) Home – Page 215.

                       

Jones (Dr). Home – Page 217.

                       

Kader (Adam) – Page 218.

                       

Kenney (Judge) Residence – Page 219.

                       

Kersh-Wise & St. Michael’s Graveyards – Page 32.

                       

Kiser (George) Home – Page 221.

                       

Kiser (Original) House— Page 222.

                       

Kite (Captain Hiram A.) Home— Page 223.

                       

Kite Tavern – Page 395.

                       

Kline (John B.) Old Place— Page 224.

                         

Koogler Graveyard— Page 34.

                       

Koogler Home – Page 226.

                       

Koontz (Col. John) Home & Plantation – Page 227.

                       

Kratzer Homestead – Page 229.

                       

Kyle (Jeremiah) or Landes Place – Page 231.

                       

Lanahan House & Tavern (Dennis & Thomas) – Page233.

                       

Land Grants (Original) – Page 397.

                       

Landes (John) Home – Page 235.

                       

Lewiston – Page 237.

                       

Lewis (Andrew) Home – Page 240.

                       

Lincoln (Abraham B.) House at Lacey Spring – Page 242.

                       

Lincoln Hall – Page 244.

                       

Lincoln (Old) Homestead – Page 246.

                       

Linville Baptist Church (The Old) – Page 58.

                       

Linville Baptist Church – Page 56.

                       

Linville Creek Baptist Church – Page 57.

                       

Locust Grove – Page 251.

                       

Long (Old Jacob) Home – Page 253.

                       

Lutheran (now Brethren) Church – Page 62.

                       

Lutheran Church – Page 63.

                       

Lynn, Fort – Page 254.

                       

Lynnwood – Page 256.

                       

Lynwood and Thomas Lewis – Page 256. Same as previous Lynnwood.

 

Madison Hall – Page 259.

                       

Magill Home – Page 261.

                       

Main Street Presbyterian Church – Page 67.

                       

Maplewood – Page 262.

                       

Martz (B.F.) Residence – Page 265.

                       

Martz (Sebastian) Home & Farm – Page 267.

                       

Masters (O.M.) House – Page 269.

                       

Mauzy (Jacob & Joseph) Home – Page 271.

                       

Mauzy (Richard) Home – Page 273.

                       

Mauzy Store & Home – Page 274.

                       

McCoy Graveyard – Page 35.

                       

McWilliams, Samuel – Page 11.

                       

McWilliams (Samuel) Home – Page 277.

                       

Messick Place – Page 279.

                       

M.E. Church _ Page 71.

                       

Methodist Episcopal Church South – Page 68.

                       

Mill Creek Baptist Church – Page 72.

                       

Miller (Adam) Homestead – Page 283.

                       

Miller (Adam Mueller) Home – Page 281.

                       

Miller (Daniel) Home – Page 286.

                       

Miller Property – Page 287.

                       

Miller-Farrer Stone House – Page 289.

                       

Morrison Building – Page 402.

                       

Mooreland Hall – Page 290.

                       

Municipal Building – Page 404.

                       

Myers Mill – Page 376.

                       

National Bank and Location, The – Page 406.

                       

Newman Home and Grave – Page 293.

                       

Niswander (John) Home – Page 294.

                       

Northern Methodist Grave Yard – Page 36.

                       

O’Ferrall (Charles Triplett) – Page 12.

                       

Parrotts Mill – Page 377.

                       

Paul (Isaac) Home – Page 298.

                       

Paul (Isaac), Place of Business – Page 300.

                       

Paul (John) Home – Page 296.

                       

Paul Home – Page 295.

                       

Paul’s Mill – Page 378.

                       

Peaked Mountain Church Contract – Page 75.

                       

Peaked Mountain Church – Page 73.

                       

Peale Home – Page 301.

                       

Peale Homestead Home – Page 302.

                       

Penney (J.C. Co.) Store – Page 410.

                       

Pike Mennonite Church, Old – Page 76.

                       

Plains Mill – Page 379.

                       

Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg – Page 68.

                       

Presbyterian Church – Page 77.

                       

Presbyterian Church – Heneberger Home – Page 79.

                       

Rader’s Church – Page 82.

                       

Reherd (George W.) Home – Page 304.

                         

Reiter (J.L.) Home – Page 306.

                       

Relic in Drug Store – Page 6.

                       

Revere House – Page 412.

                       

Rice Family Graveyard– Page 38.

                       

Rice (John) Home – Page 308.

                       

Rice (John) Painted Home – Page 309.

                       

Rockingham County Court House – Original – Page 405.

                       

Rockingham County Jails – Page 414.

                       

Roller (Peter) Residence – Page 310.

                       

Roller (Josiah) Home – Page 312.

                       

Rolston, Prayer of Jesse, – Page 7.

                       

Rosendale – Page 313.

                       

Rotes or Rhodes (Henry) Home – Page 315.

                       

Royer (Emanuel) Residence – Page 317.

                       

Rutherford (Archibald) Home – Page 319.

                         

Scherdlin (Abraham) Home – Page 321.

                       

Schunecker House – Page 323.

                       

Scott (Thomas) Home – Page 324.

                       

Shaklett (Samuel) House – Page 326.

                       

Shaver (Levi) Home – Page 328.

                       

Sheets (Chris) Home – Page 330.

                       

Sheets (Jacob) Home – Page 331.

                       

Sheridan’s Orders to Burn Dayton, Virginia– Page 91.

                       

Showalter (Daniel) Home and Farm – Page 332.

                       

Shrum (Samuel) Home – Page 333.

                       

Simmers Mill– Page 380.

                       

Sipe (Emanuel) Home – Page 334.

                       

Smals (Ad.) Home– Page 336.

                       

Smals (Henry) Home A – Page 337.

                       

Smals (Henry) Home B – Page 338.

                       

Smith (Judge) Home – Page 339.

                       

Smithland – Page 340.

                       

Spader’s Lutheran Church– Page 83.

                       

Springdale – Page 342.

                       

St. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery– Page 39.

                       

St. Michael’s German Reform Church– Page 84.

                       

St. Peter’s Union Church Cemetery– Page 40.

                       

St. Peter’s Union Church– Page 85.

                       

Suter (Emanuel) Place – Page 344.

                       

Stinespring Hotel– Page 416.

                       

Tabb (George W.) Residence – Page 346.

                       

Taliaferro Hotel Annex – Page 417.

                         

Timberville – Page 419.

                       

Tombstone Inscriptions from Various States – P 42.

                       

Trissels Church – Page 86.

                       

Turley Tavern – Page 422.

                       

Turley’s Mill – Page 381.

                       

Valley Hardware Company, Etc. – Page 423.

                       

Valley Pike, The– Page 424.

                       

War Tavern – Page 427.

                       

War Time Bar Room (Site) – Page 428.

                       

Warren (Col. E.T.H.) Home– Page 348.

                       

Warren House – Page 350.

                       

Washington Tavern, Old – Page 429.

                       

Waverly Home – Page 352.

                       

Weaver’s Church – Page 87.

                       

Wenger (Isaac) House – Page 355.

                       

Wilfong, John R. – Page 372.

                       

Wise Home – Page 357.

                       

Wise (Emanuel) Home – Page 358.

                         

Wise (Peter W.) Home – Page 359.

                         

Wise (Samuel) Home – Page 360.

                         

Woodson (John C.) Home – Page 361.

                 

Wyant (Harry) Home – Page 364.

                 

Zigler (Dave) Home – Page 365.

                 

Zirkle (Lewis) Home 1 – Page 366.

                 

Zirkle (Lewis) Home 2 –68.

                 

 

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