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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.

We're not finished. A site like this can't just freeze in time. It must be maintained, .... Read More

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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Most viewed - Wilkes County, NC
wilkessurvey.jpg806 viewsPhoto from the late 19th century.
Brinegar Cabin720 viewsThe Brinegar Cabin, built in 1884 by Martin Brinegar, is very near Doughton State Park in Alleghany County, North Carolina, however, this cabin is on the side of the Blue Ridge precipice in Wilkes County, NC. This photo is from 1959. From the collections of the Library of Congress.
Wilkes Co jail683 viewsWilkes Co jail. "C. M. Elledge, Jailer, Wilkesboro, NC". Josh Pruitt (1871-1950) is in the back, just right of the man in front wearing the hat. Court records show that Josh was in jail in 1921 and 1922 for making moonshine. Courtesy of Jason Duncan
oxcartwilkes.jpg639 viewsFrom a 1914 postcard.
Capt. Samuel Johnson595 viewsCourtesy of Nanalee Wrenn
wilkeswest.jpg587 viewsThis postcard shows a general veiw to the west from Wilkesboro.
Thomas Caudill House583 viewsThe House of Thomas Caudill, still standing in 2003. Built ca. 1865. Courtesy of Nanalee Wrenn
"Snakebite" John Wiles563 viewsHeadstone of "Snakebite" John Wiles (1790-1815). He was buried in the Holloway Cemetery, located deep in the woods on Wiles Ridge, near Traphill. Picture taken in 2000. Courtesy of Jason Duncan
Dick's Service Station561 viewsThis 1950s postcard show a rather typical service station for Appalachia at the time.
Mulberry - Cross Roads Primitive Baptist Church553 viewsThis church was established in 1850. Photo by Jeff Weaver, March 2007.
Holloway Cemetery547 viewsThe Holloway Cemetery, located deep in the woods on Wiles Ridge, near Traphill. Picture taken in 2000. Courtesy of Jason Duncan
Jacob Estep545 viewsWilkes County, NC.
Stone of my g-g-g-grandfather
Duncan-Estep Cemetery
Jacob Estep (11/16/1792-6/23/1869

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