Crab Orchard Museum and Burkes Garden
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Toys for children donated by Wise County Historical Society
Historical Christmas Tree decorated by Wise County Historical Society at Southwest VA Museum in Big Stone Gap
Special thanks to Juanita Mullins of Pound and Ron Helton for the beautiful sign that she prepared for the Society, which will be displayed in the hallway beside our office. The sign
was made by Ron Helton, who got wood from the Old Baptist Church in Wise and made it. We can’t sing Juanita’s praised enough; she is the gift that keeps on giving.
SEPTEMBER 29th 1994: Everyone will ask their bank if they want to buy calendars. Sweatshirts to be picked up. No more histories taken after Oct 31st. for WWII book. Postpone Tazewell County until Spring. Members to work Fall Fling.
NOVEMBER 1, 1994: World War II Calendar has been proofed. Should be delivered by Thanksgiving. Grant awarded for $2,000. Historical Society did well at the Open House and the Fall
Fling. Sold all but two sweatshirts. Meetings will be held on Tuesday nights in our office.
DECEMBER 6, 1994: Report on the status of our grant from the Slemp Foundation. Report on the sale of World War II Calendar. Report on the status of Wise County’s Men and Women in World war II. Membership Drive. Discussion to combine the towns of Coeburn and St. Paul for Meetings.
MARCH 7, 1995: ” The Addingtons of Virginia” by Nancy Clark Brown and Rhonda Robertson, is now on sale for $50.00. Sold all our copies of the History of the Pound Vol. II. Work Day is needed to clean our recently acquired room, the vault. Wise County Historical Society will meet on Saturday, March 11th, at the Western Steer in Norton. Bill Porter will be in charge of the meeting. Dutch treat with the exception of our guest speaker, after which Randall Osborne will speak on the Virginia State Line during the Civil War. Bill Porter talked about the proposed Historic Resources office, and the possibility of its being located in Wise. Decision to go ahead and copy the Wise County birth records of 1912-1918 and file in books to be made available in our office. Bill Gobble to copy these records.
Wise County Historical Society met on Saturday March 11th, at the Western Steer in Norton
Twenty members were present.
The guest speaker was Randall Osborne of Myra, KY, who gave a most impressive talk on his book, “The Virginia State Line,” which he wrote with Jeffrey C. Weaver of Arlington, VA.
Mr. Osborne’s speech centerd mostly on the activities of Major General John B. Floyd, Commander of the VA State Line, and Colonel Nathaniel McClure Menifee during the Civil War Jeffrey C. Weaver has also written a book called “The Civil War in Buchanan and Wise Counties, A Bushwhackers’ Paradise.” Both books may be purchased at the Wise County Historical Society office in the courthouse at Wise for $25.00 each.Members of Wise Co. Historical Society
Happy Birthday To Paul Kilgore!
The Wise County Historical Society celebrated the birthday of one of it’s founding members on April 13, 1995 at the historical Society Office in the Wise County Courthouse n Main Street in Wise, VA. Members of the Society attended along with members of the community All wish Paul a very, very happy Birthday!
Paul is one of the best when it comes to researching records in the courthouse. He knows and enjoys his work and helping people with their family research. He has visited many cemeteries in Wise County and has recorded the engravings on the stones. He has several volumes of Cemetery Records at the Historical Society office for sale. Cemetery records are a valuable resource for researching.
The Wise County Historical Society’s May Meeting will be a trip to Historic Crab Orchard Fort in Tazewell, VA. On Saturday , May 13, 1995 at 8:00 a.m. Plans for the trip will be finalized at the May 2, meeting.
The Wise County Historical Society is in the process of copying the Birth and Death Records from June 1912 until 1919. The Death records have been copied and the Birth records are being copied at present.
AWorld War II Calendars are still available from The Wise County Historical Society. limited number of The Publication date for Wise County’s Men and Women in World War II is scheduled for V-J Day 1995.
Trip To Crab Orchard Museum
By Dorothy Witt
On May 13, 1995, two van loads of Wise County Historical Society members traveled to Tazewell County, VA to attend the annual Pioneer Festival at Historic Crab Orchard Museum. Rhonda Robertson, Gladys Stallard, Louise Delp, Blaine Sturgill, Wanda Rose, Nina Mullins, Dorothy Witt, Bill and Diane Porter, Bill and Lil Gobble, Denver and Kathy Osborne, and Fannie Hamilton spent the morning touring the grounds of the Crab Orchard Museum, visiting the blacksmith shop, the pottery shop, the old stage coach shop, and listening to dulcimer music as the clogger’s danced. We also enjoyed prowling through and old log home and watching dinner being prepared on the fireplace. In “the church” at the Museum, we all gathered around the old pump organ and sang hymns.
Following lunch, we drove on across the mountain into “The Garden Spot of the World”, Burke’s Garden. This is a beautiful 25,000 acre farming community surrounded by a continuous circle of mountains. Here we visited two country stores and came home loaded with homemade bread and butter, jellies, books, etc. It was a great day! Below are photos of the tou