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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.

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mtairyshack.jpg419 viewsThis image is shown on an early 20th century postcard.
mtairywss.jpg296 viewsThis linen era postcard (1930-45) notes that this resort was in the "shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains."
ncgranite.jpg311 viewsThis ca. 1900-1910 postcard shows some of the quarry work going on around Mount Airy at that time.
pilotmtn.jpg335 viewsFrom an early 20th century postcard. An 1859 bookFisher's River Scenes and Characters contains much local humor.
pilotmtn2.jpg276 viewsThis is a view of Pilot Mountain in the distance. Made in the 1950s.
pineridgeinn.jpg301 viewsThis is from a 1960s postcard.
pinnacleview.jpg306 viewsThis is the view from the top of Pilot Mountain
Thompson_Cemetery__1.jpg514 viewsDescription: Ann Combs, Beam a descendant of the Thompson family of Surry County, North Carolina came down from Alexandria, Virginia in October of 2003. She and her husband came by to see me for a few minutes and then went by Devotion. The gatekeeper of the Reynolds estate allowed them to go inside to the Thompson cemetery.
Directions from the gate to the Thompson Homestead and Graveyard site:Get Permission at the gatehouse
Go through gate for 3 10ths miles on right, inside fence. Mitchell's River and the creek flow on either side.
Buried here are Martha Thompson wife of Hiram Higgins. (Hiram was killed in the Civil War and Martha was murdered by John Jack Mayes and burned in her house ) The cemetery is being kept in very good condition. Courtesy of Nanalee Wrenn
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