Piedmont Virginia Digital History: The Land Between the Rivers
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  • Collection: Greene County Historical Society

William Henry Brill and Mildred Anne Long Brill in front of the Greene County Courthouse and Jail. Date is uncertain but believed to be late 1800s.

Joseph Ham’s Daybook begins in January 1856 and ends in September 1871. It lists all the transactions occurring at his Tailor’s Shop in Stanardsville. The word ‘Paid’ in the left hand margin indicates the transaction was settled. Being a tailor did…

This metal sign hung outside Joseph Ham's shop on Main Street in Stanardsville in the mid-19th century. He was not only a tailor but sold other goods, from at least 1856; he became Stanardsville's postmaster in September 1865, a post he held for the…


This circa 1875 quilt measures 92 inches by 82 inches, and is made of red and green cottons on a white background. It is hand pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted, with 5 rows of 4 red and green baskets set straight on a white background, and a…

This quilt was made to raise funds for the Red Cross during World War I. An article in the December 1917 issue of ‘Modern Priscilla’ provided a complete pattern and instructions for making such a quilt, down to yardage requirements and costs,…

Captain Francis Marion McMullen and his wife Virginia Ann ran a school in Stanardsville after the Civil War. In August 1868 he bought the 10 acre Stanardsville property on which Forest Hill Academy stands, and built this school house. It is not known…


This photograph, taken by Mrs. Virgie Bell, on February 7th 1910, is of the Parrott School in Greene County, its faculty and its students. The school was located on the north side of Amicus Road, opposite what is now the western entrance of the…


In rural parts of Central Virginia in the early 1800s children were home-schooled when there were few alternatives. These pages are from a home made mathematics textbook; the leather cover was home tanned, and the writing was done with a quill pen,…


Dick and Jane were the main characters in a series of basic readers written by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp and published by Scott Foresman, that were used to teach children to read from the 1930s through to the 1970s in the US. This page is from…


McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers were written by William Holmes McGuffey and his brother Alexander in the 1830s and 1840s, and were used for decades throughout the US for primary-level students. The Readers emphasized spelling, vocabulary, and formal…


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