of Shenandoah County, Virginia, Inc.
Woodstock Museum Program Info:
Program Speakers are scheduled for the 4th Thursday of March, May, & August of each year at 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend these events, at no charge. Generally these events are held in the Town of Woodstock's Council Chambers at 135 North Main Street, Woodstock VA. Please check back for more details on speakers and event time & location.
Additionally, there is a speaker at the Annual Docents' Dinner on the 4th Thursday of October - a fee is charged for this event, which includes a catered dinner.
October 24, 2013 Docents' Dinner
The 29th Annual Woodstock Museum Docents' Dinner was enjoyed by all in attendance, with the use of the American Legion Post 199 hall donated to the group & a delicious meal served by the Legion, too.
R. Patrick Murphy, the evening's speaker, presented a history of the French & Indian War in Shenandoah County. He illustrated his talk with photographs of the stone buildings used throughout the area as forts against attack.
The gathering honored the 31 volunteer docents who gave their time this past year in order to keep the doors open to the many museum visitors.
Above: Docents & guests enjoying the dinner
Right: R. Patrick Murphy speaking about the French & Indian War in Shenandoah County, VA
May 23, 2013 Program
"Traditional Music of the Shenandoah Valley"
Well-known folk musicians Don DePoy and Martha Hills of 'Me & Martha' were the evening's speakers & entertainment as they played traditional 'mountain music' to a very appreciative full house at the Woodstock Town Hall.
Don DePoy & Martha Hills of Me & Martha
The husband/wife team performs throughout the area as Me and Martha. They are versatile musicians whose music draws on the Valley music traditions of bluegrass, traditional country, old-time string band, and gospel. Together they developed and organized the Shenandoah Music Trail, a Virginia-based, all-volunteer non-profit corporation that preserves, promotes and celebrates the traditional mountain music of the Shenandoah Valley.
You can see them perform online on YouTube & on their website: www.meandmartha.com
March 28, 2013 Program
"Amazing Auction Finds in the Valley of Virginia (& the Stony Creek Fraktur Artist Revealed!)"
Hoyle Laughlin, of Laughlin Auctions in Edinburg, VA, spoke to a crowd of about 30 people, sharing some wonderful auction finds that were found in unusual places over the past 18 months. The recurring story told by Mr. Laughlin was that in the most unlikely places, in the 'junk room', the basement of a brick ranch home, folded inside an old book, or in the drawer of an oak chifferobe, you can find wonderful, and incredibly valuable, things!
Above: Museum President Jean Martin & Hoyle Laughlin
The Stony Creek Artist connection was the opening tale. While searching through a large collection of very old books at a home in Wakemans Grove, VA, a paper was found that had been folded over & over until it was about a one inch square. Upon opening the folded piece it was found to be a very rare fraktur attributed to the Stony Creek fraktur artist of the Edinburg, VA, area.
There had been some controversy through the years about the identity of the artist. Through the combined research of several well respected people over about 30 years, it has been determined that Henry Heltzel (1788-1867) of Shenandoah County, VA, was the person behind these wonderful pieces of folk art. The folded fraktur found in the Wakemans Grove house was sold at auction for $11,600!
Other exceptional finds included:
Goldsmith-Chandlee surveyor's compass, Winchester VA, with all its parts & pole, found in the basement of a brick ranch home, buried in a pile of 'stuff': $9,600
Folk art carved wooden cat, found inside a drawer in an oak chifferobe in the same house: $2,200
Stirewalt decorated miniature box, from New Market VA, found in a home's 'junk room': $25,000
Johannes Spitler decorated blanket chest, found in a home full of beautiful, refinished, furniture, sitting in an upstairs hallway: $150,000
The most "fun find" for Hoyle was a signed J. Eberly, Strasburg VA, multi-glaze pottery umbrella stand decorated with a 9" eagle and banner, of which only 3 are known.
A young man who was helping his grandmother clean out her home arrived at the auction house in an old broken down car one day. The fellow opened the trunk to show what he thought were the real treasures, a porcelain plate and a pewter charger. Hoyle happened to glance inside the car and saw laying on the floor board the Eberly piece, unscathed from its trip as it rolled around on the floor of the car!
Grandma attended the auction to watch the piece, that had sat behind the living room sofa for years, be sold for $47,000...needless to say, she was thrilled! The last Eberly umbrella stand like this one was sold at auction back in 1986 for $14,000.
As a postnote to the sale of the $47,000 umbrella stand, a woman in Atlanta, who has family ties to the Valley, read a newspaper article about the sale. She thought that a pair of 8" pottery vases she had looked similar in style to the umbrella stand and contacted Hoyle. She was right! Her pair of unusual green and black multi-glaze vases sold for $8,000.
The most interesting part of all these stories is that the owners never realized the value of the treasures that were sitting right there in their homes!
Antiques Appraisal Fair
& Chocolate Festival
WHEN: Sunday February 9, 2014 12-4pm
(snowday February 16, 2014 12-4pm)
Start checking your attic & basement for treasures to have appraised!!
More info to come soon....
(L to R) Museum Board members Landon Fadely, Jack Sheetz & Barbara Kesser admire the newly restored & hung 'Baby Charlotte'
'Baby Charlotte,' the posthumous oil on canvas portrait of the daughter of Hugh and Grace Morrison, Sr., has returned to the North Gallery of the Woodstock Museum Marshall House!
Ms. Amy Byrne of Shepherdstown WV, a well repected conservator of paintings whose clientel includes the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, returned 'Baby Charlotte' to a small group of waiting family and friends in July 2013.
Amy Byrne & Harold 'Buddy' Morrison discuss newspaper clippings found during the conservation
Ms. Byrne removed moisture-damaged varnish primarily from the head of the child, restoring the color to her luminous blond curls. She also removed moisture retaining materials from the back and ensured that air now flows freely around the painting.
During the course of the restoration newspaper clippings were found tucked away beneath the canvas stretcher bars in the back. These included a particularly poignant obituary that appeared in a local newspaper the day after the passing of Charlotte Morrison, aged 3 1/2 years, of diptheria on November 1, 1923. Also discovered was writing on these same stretcher bars by her father, Hugh Morrison, Sr., calling her "an adorable child."
It is believed that the portrait is based upon a photograph taken by Hugh Morrison, who was a well known Woodstock photographer from about 1890 until 1950. The painting was apparently done in Richmond and was received by Morrison on "March 8th, 1924," as noted in his hand on the back.
Harold "Buddy" Morrison and his wife Kitty, the family caretakers of 'Baby Charlotte', have allowed the continued loan of this wonderful memorial portrait, and family heirloom, to the Woodstock Museum.
The portrait was hung in place with help from our friends from the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley: Exhibitions Manager Corwyn Garman and Matthew Robertson, Collections Assistant.
Come visit soon to see Charlotte shine!
Upon the closing of the Hugh Morrison, Jr. exhibit at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in July 2011, the MSV staff carefully returned to the Woodstock Museum all the artifacts that had been loaned. While "Baby Charlotte," a Morrison family heirloom, shown in the photograph above, was on loan to the MSV for the exhibit it was noticed that her surface needed attention by a conservator. The MSV referred the Woodstock Museum, & the Morrison family, to Nancy Purinton of Purinton Preservation for a an examination of the tinted photograph.
On a sunny day in February 2012, with the Morrison family present, Ms. Purinton made an interesting discovery, the 'tinted photograph' was actually a painting on canvas! It was decided Charlotte needed an expert cleaning.
~ April 2011-Nov. 2014 ~
The Season of the Horse!:
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in Winchester has placed on loan at the Woodstock Museum a wonderful piece of Shenandoah County folk art, a late 19th century carved wooden carousel horse attributed to James Sheetz of Edinburg, VA. The horse is said to have been part of a traveling carousel that roamed Shenandoah County at the end of the 19th century& into the early 20th century. MSV has the mate to this horse on display in it's permanent gallery.
The Sheetz carousel horse will be on exhibit at the Woodstock Museum through 2014.
It is hoped that this is just the first of many exchanges of artifacts between the Woodstock Museum & the Museum of the ShenandoahValley!
MSV Exec Director Dana H Evans (L) & Exhibits Manager Corwyn Garman (R)
Visit the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley at www.shenandoahmuseum.org
PBS " Shenandoah Valley Museums":
The Woodstock Museum is one of several Valley museums featured in a half hour show, produced by Oak Tree Productions, which appeared on local PBS station WVPT in May 2011. Oak Tree produced the popular 'Road Trip to History' series on Shenandoah County towns & local history. The 'Shenandoah Valley Museums' show is the latest in the 'Road Trip to History' series.
DVDs of the show are available through WVPT Virginia Public Television.
The Woodstock Museum's portion of the program was funded in full by SHENTEL