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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.

New River Notes Photo Gallery

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darnellwm.jpg862 viewsLived in Surry,Wilkes & Ashe. William Darnall 7/12/1824-12/23/1907. Husband of Sarah York. Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Talbott.

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palmeravesep71.jpg862 viewsThis Don Smith (dsmith1043@comcast.net) photo shows a bustling Saltville downtown in September 1971.
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daviscc.jpg861 viewsThis photo dates from about 1900. He was a civil war veteran and Primitive Baptist minister. They lived on the Windfall, Ashe County, North Carolina. Courtesy of Eddie Lyle.
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Salrville - Post Office and Harry Dunham861 viewsHARRY S. DUNHAM OF SALTVILLE, VA. AT AGE 12...STANDING IN FRONT OF SALTVILLE'S THIRD POST OFFICE IN 1918. THIS POST OFFICE WAS BUILT ABOUT WHERE CARLTON CHAPMAN'S FIRST CHOICE FLOWER SHOP IS PRESENTLY LOCATED. HARRY WAS BORN DEC. 4, 1906 AND DIED ON JAN. 8, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 94.

THE FIRST POST OFFICE WAS LOCATED IN THE "OLD STORE" AT THE LOWER END OF SMOKEY ROW. THE SECOND POST OFFICE WAS IN THE MATHIESON GENERAL STORE NEAR THE MEAT MARKET. THE FOURTH ONE WAS MOVED A COUPLE OF DOORS UP THE STREET FROM THE ONE PICTURED. FROM THERE, POST OFFICE NUMBER FIVE WAS LOCATED IN A BUILDING WITH THE BOWLING ALLEY, JAIL AND POLICE STATION.

NUMBER SIX WAS BUILT IN 1931 AND WAS USED UNTIL 1966. THIS BUILDING CURRENTLY HOUSES THE SALTVILLE LIBRARY.

IN 1966, THE PRESENT DAY POST OFFICE WAS OPENED FOR BUSINESS. Coirtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@cmcast.net
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169paulneaves.jpg860 viewsSon of Arthur Coleman Neaves and Ola Mae Phipps. Photo taken 1937.
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986.jpg859 viewsThe Helton Academy was one of the first high schools in Ashe County.
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wardelbridge.jpg859 viewsThis ca. 1934 postcard shows the Wardel Bridge on Route 19 between Lebanon and Tazewell, Virginia.
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LavinaJaneMinkOsborne.jpg857 viewsLavina Jane Mink (1852-1886, daughter of Luther David Mink and Mary Jane Sturgill. Courtesy of Emily Kilby erk44@verizon.net
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Easter2.jpg857 viewsThis is Easter Blevins, daughter of Alfred and Margery Sheets Blevins and her daughter Vonnie Blevins from Silas Creek, Ashe County.
Courtesy of pamiam12@aol.com
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Foster Falls - Foster Falls Furnance.857 viewsFoster Falls Furnace, Foster Falls, VA., Wythe Co.

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"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 david.arnold@adelphia.net
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148lantaersadell.jpg851 viewsThey were daughters of James Estil Sturgill and Ella Ingram. Lanta lived on Helton Creek, Ersa Dell Gamble lived in Chester County, PA. This photo was taken at their father's home on Wolf Knob, Grayson County, Virginia on July 4, 1952.
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pennington stephen851 viewsStephen K. Pennington (1821-1890), son of Samuel Pennington and Elizabeth Anderson; Johannah Spencer (1820-1911) daughter of Isaac Spencer and (Jo)Hannah unknown. Courtesy of Emily Kilby erk44@verizon.net
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