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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.

New River Notes Photo Gallery

Collection of historic and current photos mostly covering the upper New River area of southwestern Virginia and nortwestern North Carolina

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blevinsgaither.jpg865 viewsBERTIE ELLEN WALTON, b. Dec 08, 1889, Grayson Co., VA; d. Dec 20, 1980, Ashe Co., NC; m. GAITHER OLIVER BLEVINS, Sep 18, 1910, Grayson Co., VA; b. Oct 31, 1885, Ashe Co., NC; d. Jul 16, 1979, Ashe Co., NC. This couple lived near Shatley Springs in Ashe County, NC. Courtesy of Anita Kay Wyatt.
Mandywithchildren.jpg862 viewsAmanda Campbell Lewis with children.
boy standing- Jacob Harvey
girl standing-Emmer
boy in hat- Andy
girl on Andy's lap-Genealia
baby- Henry
Courtesy of Judy Lenderman
noahbarker.jpg862 viewsThis is Noah Barker of Ashe Co. NC According to my family Noah was a blind musician, a fiddle player. He was married to Leah Pendergrass and they were in some way related to the Harrison Pendergrass family. My great-grandfather Harrison Pendergrass and his family adopted the surname Barker. According to the 1870 and 1880 cesnsus records Noah Barker was born abt. 1825. The census records also note that Noah was blind and a musician. I would love to hear from anyone who may know more about Noah Barker or the Pendergrasses from Horse Creek in Ashe Co.

Courtesy of Cheryl Ruzyla [email][/email]
LizzyMahala(middle)~0.jpg861 viewsThis is a picture that Gabrielle and Clarence Taylor might find interesting. The woman on the right is Nancy Taylor (Vanover), most likely the same Nancy Taylor that is in the picture that they submitted. I would like to contact them and exchange information.

Courtesy of Mark Lasnick
Lead Mines District - Grayson Sulphur Springs.860 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
986.jpg859 viewsThe Helton Academy was one of the first high schools in Ashe County.
Coulson Church Road - Llama859 viewsThis is one of the ugliest horses that I've ever seen! ;-)
Coulson Ch. Rd., Carroll Co. Photo by Shawn Dunford. Courtesyof David Arnold
878.jpg858 viewsThey made their home in the Weaver's Ford section of Ashe County. This photo taken July 4, 1949.
weaverjoshuaandcatherine.jpg857 viewsJoshua Weaver (1815-1877) was the son of Lt. Isaac Weaver, Jr. and Jane Lewis. They moved from Ashe County to Lee County, Virginia and then to Missouri before the Civil War. After the Civil War they moved to Baker County, Oregon.
831.jpg856 viewsThis photograph was made ca. 1918 at Wolf Knob, Grayson County, VA.
palmeravesep71.jpg856 viewsThis Don Smith ( photo shows a bustling Saltville downtown in September 1971.
Foster Falls - Foster Falls Furnance.856 viewsFoster Falls Furnace, Foster Falls, VA., Wythe Co.


"For most of the 19th century, the mineral-rich New River Valley supported great industrial activity. Iron ore mines in the valley supplied the raw materials for dozens of iron furnaces and forges and the iron business became a major force in the regional economy. By the turn of the century how3ever, changes in technology and a depletion of the natural resources necessary for iron production had forced most of the furnaces out of business.
Foster Falls Furnace was built in 1880-81 by the Foster Falls Mining and Manufacturing Co. The furnace, described as an open top cold blast operation was run by water power from the New River and produced pig iron to the tune of 12 tons per day. Raw iron ore was transported to the furnace from mines in the Red Hill area of Wythe County aboard narrowguage railroads called "dinky" trains. The finished product was shipped to markets in St. Louis, Baltimore, and Cincinnati. At its peak, the furnace employed between 70 and 80 people.
In 1899 the furnace was sold to Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Co. and converted to a steam powered operation, increasing its production capacity. During Virginia Iron Coal and Coke ownership of the furnace, over 100 company owned homes were built in the vicinity to house its employees. The
Foster Falls Furnace operated until 1914, when a devastating flood destroyed the dinky train bridge over New River, cutting the supply of iron ore from the mines."--sign located on the site by the Virginia State Parks & Recreation Dept.

Photo by Shawn Dunford, courtesy of David Arnold
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