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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

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

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cornshucking~0.jpg4290 viewsThis corn shucking was photographed on the David Blevins farm at Grassy Creek ca. 1910.
tuckerdalebaptizing~0.jpg3361 viewsRev. Blankenship and Rev. Walton are performing the ceremony. And they are Methodists.
100_0208.jpg2653 viewsThis is the Sheets Cabin located between mile markers 251 and 252 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Laurel Springs, Ashe Co., NC. The cabin was built c. 1818. (According to the Park Service, the cabin was built by Jesse Sheets in 1818, but Jesse was not born until 1818, so the cabin was likely built by his father, Andrew.) Courtesy of Ricky Sheets

zionhillcem1.jpg1892 viewsThis photo taken in June 1978 by Jeff Weaver, shows Zion Hill Cemetery from the highway. The building in the center of the photo is a chicken house.
zionpbc.jpg1346 viewsTaken from an old photograph.
3topsch.jpg1183 viewsAn early 20th century photo of the Three Top School, courtesy of Warren Houck. Some might like to read A. B. Hurt's book on Educational Development in Ashe County
899.jpg1176 views
100_1571.jpg1142 viewsThis view of New River is looking south back into Ashe County from the sliver of Alleghany County west of New River. Photo by Jeff Weaver, April 16, 2006.
805.jpg1059 viewsHealing Springs High School, now closed, was located at Crumpler, North Carolina.
asheore1.jpg1057 views
bethmeth.jpg970 viewsThis early photo is of a class at Bethany United Methodist Church near West Jefferson, Ashe County, NC. Photo courtesy of Warren Houck.
Numbers begin on the back row, left to right:

1. Flora Gentry
2. Gurn Houck
3. Flossie Phipps
4. Andy Black
5. Luke Houck
6. Ola Gentry
7. Jess Houck
8. Ed Woods
9. Winn Edwards
10. Earl Woods
11. Loss Edwards
12. Laura Houck
13. Annie Stevens
14. Ollie Greer
15. Dorn Houck
16. Carrie Grubb
17. Anna Trivette
18. Mildred Greer
19. Ruby Grubb
20. Biddie Worley
21. Hazel Houck
22. Matilda Wood
23. Mary Houck
24. Mae Worley
25. Lena Houck
26. Lottie Grubb
27. Ethel Roten
28. Bulah Carlton
29. Docie Carlton
30. Ann Houck
31. Fred Gentry
32. Ethel Wood
33. Thelma Roten
34. Fielder Houck
35. Mac Edwards
36. Lonnie Gentry
37. Wint Gentry
38. Tom Worley
39. Emory Church
40. Owen Trivette
41. Charles Stevens
42. Clarence Carlton
43. Bower Gentry
44. Jess Gentry
45. Stacy Houck
46. Vance Goodman
47. Robert Goodman

100_1393.jpg926 viewsPhoto by Jeff Weaver, March 31, 2006.
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