A Visit To Puffenbarger Cemetery

Although this cemetery has no family ties to me that I know of, I still figured I would share a few photos from this trip. The location would be much easier to share via GPS coordinates rather than directons so I’ll keep it simple. The cemetery rests on a ridge that serves as the Virginia/West Virginia state lines in Augusta County overlooking Puffenbarger Pond. Unfortunately I don’t know the story behind the settlement so if one of my readers knows the background I’d love to hear about it.

There are numerous marked stones and a couple unmarked stones along with a number of graves with missing stones. Is this the result of vandalism or just a lack of materials or labor at the time of their death? I’m not sure but it leads a mind to wonder! Enjoy…

Looking southwest from the corner of the cemetery

Looking southwest from the corner of the cemetery

Marked stone

Marked stone

Marked stone

Marked stone

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Religion In The Mountains….Part 3

The third installment of my running series on religion in the Blue Ridge will simply be a photo. The photo shows how tight-knit these mountain communities were. Can you imagine this many folks gathering together in this day & age for a Sunday get-together? Enjoy..

Sunday after Church at Zeb & Rainey's

Sunday after Church at Zeb & Rainey’s

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Valentine’s Day Sweethearts…

Today got me thinking about all of the “couples” photos we see while thumbing through old memories. Here’s a few for your viewing pleasure…

My Great-Grandparents Johnnie and Cora Wyant celebrating 37 years of marriage

My Great-Grandparents Johnnie and Cora Wyant celebrating 37 years of marriage

My Great-Grandparents Johnnie & Cora Wyant

My Great-Grandparents Johnnie & Cora Wyant

Bela & Rose Lam

Bela & Rose Lam

"Zeb" & "Rainey" Lam on their wedding day

“Zeb” & “Rainey” Lam on their wedding day

"Zeb" & "Rainey" Lam

“Zeb” & “Rainey” Lam

Emanuel Hezekiah & Lucy Gertrude Lam

Emanuel Hezekiah & Lucy Gertrude Lam

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Beginning The Project…

For quite some time I’ve wanted to begin a project that would tell the true story of the mountain residents from the areas in and around Rockingham & Page County VA. If you, or anyone you know would like to contribute to this undertaking by participating in an informal interview please contact me. I’m hoping to find folks who are direct descendents of the mountain residents and have stories to share, or folks who remembering living in the mountains in earlier years. Please pass the word and contact me to set something up.

Anyone can contact me at Rescue801engine@aol.com

Lewis Lam with grandson, Billy

Lewis Lam with grandson, Billy

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Working For The Railroad….

My grandfather, Seibert Lam died years before I was born so I never had the opportunity to know him. As time goes by I’m slowly learning more and more about him and his life on this Earth.

My grandfather, Seibert Lam

My grandfather, Seibert Lam

His occupation for many years was working for the railroad company: Fruit Grower’s Express out of Alexandria, VA. From what I gather his job was working on the railcar doors but I don’t know exactly what he did with them. A few months back I finally came across a photo of the station in Alexandria, although I’m not sure if this was the building he worked in or not.

Fruit Grower's Express; Alexandria, VA

Fruit Grower’s Express; Alexandria, VA

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Read All About It….

The following account of Dean Mountain ran on March 15, 1917 in the Rockingham Register. Dean Mountain sits in western Virginia, not far from the town of Elkton in the Blue Ridge. Enjoy!

Dean mtn history March 15 1917

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Recognize Anyone?

The only 2 ID’s I have for this photo are of the men riding the horses: Doss Meadows & Van Taylor. I’d love to hear from someone that has the rest of the ID’s that go along with his one!

Doss Meadows (l) & Van Taylor on horses (2)

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