WCHS Activities 2

Trip To Crab Orchard Museum By Dorothy Witt
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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 town.

Crab Orchard Museum and Burkes Garden

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Crab Orchard Museum in Tazewell County

Meetings and Business At Hand

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APRIL 28, 1994: Report on the Status of World War II Book. Discussion of the reprint of the Heritage of Wise County and the City of Norton. All books have been sold.  On May 15, 1994, the Historical Society will be moving into their new office space on the first floor section of the Courthouse.


JUNE 21, 1994: Motion for the Society to sponsor the Historical Walking Tour and Book Fair during the Fall Fling.  Motion for the Society to print the Banner Community Heritage. JULY 21, 1994: Motion to purchase a sign for the door and window of the office.  Society has received 220 of the re-print of the Heritage of Wise  County and the City of Norton books.  Sweatshirts to be ordered for the Society. Report on the status of the book Wise County’s Men and Women in World War II.Society has applied for a grant  to purchase much needed equipment.

AUGUST 13, 1994:  Pound Methodist Church.  History of the Pound United Methodist Church by Emily Qualls. Reminiscences by Ayers Shortt.  Officer Selection. Ballots were submitted to elect Officers and Board of Directors members. The Results of election are as follows:

President: William C. Gobble; Vice President: Sue S. Gilliam; Recording Secretary: Rhonda Robertson; Treasurer: Wanda Rose
Directors: Appalachia: Dolly Opal Watson; Big Stone Gap: Dot Carroll;  Coeburn: Bill Porter; Norton: Paul Kilgore; Pound: Blaine Sturgill; St. Paul: Leroy Hilton; Wise: Fannie Steele.

fan.lil.man.jpg (326862 bytes) AUGUST 27, 1994: NEWS:  Wise County Historical Society will sponsor a BOOK FAIR at the Fall Fling on October 8th and 9th. Several authors will be selling their books in the hallway at the entrance to the Wise Courthouse on Main Street in Wise. Also a Used Book Sale and White Elephant sale of al items except clothing. We will also be having an OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION on Friday, October 7th.  The historical society also plans a bus trip on October 15th, to tour historical places in Tazewell County, including Burke’s Garden. We will also be having a HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR OF WISE.


bill.p.jpg (287869 bytes)SEPTEMBER 6, 1994:  The Banner Book by Billy R. Porter and others, will go to Johnson City printers this week. Will pre-sell.  Bill Gobble has completed the Calendar. Suggested by Bill Gobble to combine the Town Meetings. T-shirts soon to be ready.


scan0013.jpg (371400 bytes) The Wise County Historical Society would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Joe Wolf and Farmer, Attorneys on Park Avenue, Norton.  Mr. Wolfe has kindly included mention of The Heritage of Wise County and The City of Norton in all the advertisements his firm has used during our drive to sell the volume.  Without his assistance, the Society is sure that the sale of this volume would not have been accomplished so quickly.

The Society is currently selling THE MELUNGEONS by N. Brent Kennedy. This is the newest and most up-to-date history of the Melungeons.The Coeburn Virginia Area History, published by the Kiwanis Club will be available and will contain approximately 700 pages.

Recently Denver, (Bud) Osborne of the Historical Society found and purchased an original photo of Henry Alexander Wise, Governor of Virginia for whom Wise County was named at a  local flea market. Thanks to the Historical Society of the Pound for helping with WISE COUNTY’S MEN AND WOMEN IN WORLD WAR II. The members are assisting by contacting people who served and by obtaining their photos and write-ups.


Toys for children donated by Wise County Historical Society

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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.

Randall Osborne

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

Randall Osborne and Wanda Rose
Randall Osborne,Elzie “Sock” Mullins, Denver “Bud” Osborne
Members of Historical Society
Bill Gobble & Randall Osborne

Happy Birthday To Paul Kilgore!

Paul_K..jpg (747376 bytes)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.


wwiical.jpg (113751 bytes) 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