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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.
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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.
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.
Brennemans 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.
Dovel (John W.) Home Page 153.
Duffs 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.
Friedens 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. Michaels 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.
OFerrall (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.
Pauls 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.
Raders 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.
Sheridans 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.
Spaders Lutheran Church Page 83.
Springdale Page 342.
St. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery Page 39.
St. Michaels German Reform Church Page 84.
St. Peters Union Church Cemetery Page 40.
St. Peters 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.
Turleys 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.
Weavers 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.