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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.

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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.

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Thompson_Cemetery__1.jpg514 viewsDescription: Ann Combs, Beam a descendant of the Thompson family of Surry County, North Carolina came down from Alexandria, Virginia in October of 2003. She and her husband came by to see me for a few minutes and then went by Devotion. The gatekeeper of the Reynolds estate allowed them to go inside to the Thompson cemetery.
Directions from the gate to the Thompson Homestead and Graveyard site:Get Permission at the gatehouse
Go through gate for 3 10ths miles on right, inside fence. Mitchell's River and the creek flow on either side.
Buried here are Martha Thompson wife of Hiram Higgins. (Hiram was killed in the Civil War and Martha was murdered by John Jack Mayes and burned in her house ) The cemetery is being kept in very good condition. Courtesy of Nanalee Wrenn
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araratriver.jpg338 viewsThis view made ca. 1905, shows the Ararat River and the Southern Railway33333
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pinnacleview.jpg306 viewsThis is the view from the top of Pilot Mountain33333
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chathammfg.jpg301 viewsThis postcard from the 1940s boasts, "Chatham Blankets".33333
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ncgranite.jpg312 viewsThis ca. 1900-1910 postcard shows some of the quarry work going on around Mount Airy at that time.33333
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eyehospmtairy.jpg267 viewsThis is from an early 1930s postcard.33333
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IMG_0187.jpg356 viewsThis shot shows the outdoor preaching stand at Mitchell's River Primitive Baptist Church.

Photo courtesy of Penne Sandbeck
Historic Architecture Group
1583 MSC
Raleigh, NC 27699-1583
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mtairy1910.jpg360 viewsThis is another view of Main Street in Mount Airy from 1910.33333
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mtairynursesschool.jpg261 viewsThis is from a double size postcard dating from the 1930s.33333
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Haystack Road350 viewsThe sign on the side of the road and the graves in the background. You can see what a great job someone has done to clean up and maintain the place.

Date Taken: 6/22/02

Place Taken: Haystack Road near Devotion in Surry County, NC

Courtesy of Nanalee Wrenn
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mtairydepot.jpg269 viewsThis postcard was mailed in 1916.33333
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mtairywss.jpg296 viewsThis linen era postcard (1930-45) notes that this resort was in the "shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains."22222
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