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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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Buck Hydro-electric Dam 1928896 viewsThis is a 1928 photo of the Buck dam and lake at Byllesby, Carroll County, Virginia. This dam on the New River is just below the Byllesby Dam.
car1920map.jpg1120 viewsMap showing spactial relationships of communities in 1920.
carrollch.jpg688 viewsFrom a postcard issued 1920-30.
cranberrysingingschool.jpg906 viewsThis photograph dates to the early 20th century.
fancygap1.jpg676 viewsThis is a 1940s fantasy postcard from Fancy Gap.
Foster Falls 19011297 viewsIt is the wedding day picture of my grandparents, Eli Mabry and Mary Ann Lucinda "Cindy" Williams. 8 May 1901, Foster Falls, VA (possibly McNealy and Eliza (Davis) Williams' home)

Groom: Eli Mabry/Maberry, 27 yr. old
Bride: Mary Ann Lucinda "Cindy" Williams, 22 yr. old
Leaning against left center post: Ballard Mabry
Center, beside Ballard: Mindy (Largen) Mabry, Ballard's wife
Leaning against right center post: Possibly Eliza (Davis) Williams (I was told she had broken her back and it left her stooped over)
Behind bride and groom: John and Roxie (Mabry) Dillon
Front: Isaac Mabry
Behind Isaac may be Martin Mabry (Eli's father)
Second from the bride: Sarah Jane (Mabry) Dalton
Third from the bride: Emma (Mabry) Alderman
Beside bride: unk (probably a sister of Lucinda's, Jeanetta "Nettie" (Williams) Easter or Malinda "Ellen" (Williams) Frazier)
Second from far right: Roxie (Mabry) Dillon
Far right: Lucy (Mabry) Williams
Far left: Virgil or Charles Williams?
Second from left: Steve Williams
Third from left: Bert Williams
Forth from left: David Williams
Courtesy of Rita Mayberry.
furnaceneargalax.jpg912 viewscirca. 1900.
galaxtrestle.jpg820 viewsThis is from a 1920s photo.
Lead Mines District - Grayson Sulphur Springs.875 viewsGrayson Sulphur Springs Resort, Lead Mines Dist., Carroll Co., VA. This site appears as one might expect Mayan ruins to appear. Grayson Sulphur Springs, near Fries, was very popular until most of the resort was covered by water after construction of a dam across New River. Photo by Shawn Dunford. Courtesy of David Arnold
Fries - Grayson Sulphur Springs997 viewsFrom Howe's 1846 History of Virginia. This resort is present day Carroll County not far from Fries in Grayson County.
Hillsville - Ground Hog Mountain736 viewsFrom a 1960s era postcard. Located at mile marker 188 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Fancy Gap - Groundhog Mountain655 viewsFire tower located at Groundhog Mountain constructed in 1942. Photo from the collection of the Library of Congress.
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