Decoration at Haw Orchard Baptist Church, Rugby, Virginia

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New River Notes — Complete

January 21, 2014

After about two years of work we have completed a major upgrade to New River Notes. On January 21, 2014 we switched in the last of the updated files and final page revisions.

In January 2013 we introduced the new site layout but because there were many pages left to do there was a big red Under Construction on the front page. A year later we've finished all of the pages that were on the original site. Construction is complete. We have a great looking site full of material to help you in your research and possibly entertain you.

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New River Notes

January 6, 2013

New River Notes, a leading genealogy resource for the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia, launched its new look website today.

new river valley mapNew River Notes was originally launched in 1998 by Jeffrey C. Weaver providing New River Valley researchers with a new wealth of information and that tradition is continued today by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Welcome and we hope you enjoy our new look. For more information on the changes and plans see posts on the GCVHF Google+ Page.

Decoration at Haw Orchard Baptist Church, Rugby, Virginia

These photographs were taken at Decoration at Haw Orchard Baptist Church, in Rugby, Grayson County on August 13, 1978. Decoration day, common throughout the New River Valley is largely not observed in other places, especially outside of Appalachia. On decoration day people who have relatives buried in a cemetery come together to place flowers on the graves of the dead, have dinner on the grounds, and get reacquainted. Often people travel hundreds of miles to attend these events. These photos, I hope, impart some of the impact of the event, although I have chosen photos of the cemetery itself, rather than of the crowds. - Jeff Weaver


Images of Haw Orchard Baptist Church