Stella Davenport Moore was born on the 8th of January 1910 in Clarke County, Virginia. She was the second daughter of Ammishaddai Moore and Stella Davenport Richardson, and she was born into an old Clarke County family. The Moores had been in the area since before the Civil War. The family home was Upton, an estate in Millwood.
What an interesting time we're living through. Every day we're finding and reading about new developments dealing with the COVID-19 virus plaguing the globe. We're all in various stages of self-isolation and social distancing, and we're all feeling helpless and trapped as something we don't fully understand runs rampant, and we're starting to comprehend our inability to do anything to alter our situation. As we stare at the face of a possible quarantine period stretching for MONTHS, I wanted to bring to light some other voices who also experienced great struggle and uncertainty in their lives.
Today's Voice is that of Milly Fairfax, an enslaved woman held in bondage by David Huffman, of Page County, Virginia. We know very little about Milly, but we do get one brief, significant look into her life. The letter that follows was either written by her or, more likely, dictated by her.
Happy Valentine's Day! Due to some projects happening in the CCHA offices, this blog post is both late and short. Hopefully this photo makes up for it.
Enjoy this photo of the cast from "Womanless Wedding," a community play put on in 1938 at the Berryville High School.
Aaaannnd it's time to get back into the swing of things! The holidays (and all the crazy that comes with the holiday season) are over, and the archives is slipping back into normality as the CCHA schedule settles for the 2020 season.
Today's blog post is brought to you by John Munroe, a Private in Company F of the United States First Regiment of Dragoons.
Little is known of John's background. What we do know can be gleaned from his official discharge letter, pictured below:
This map shows the original 60 lots of Berryville, plus the 1809 Charles Smith/Marshall Addition and the 1879 Rice Smith Addition. This map does not include the section of Berryville N. of the courthouse that was added as part of 'the Boom' in the early 1890s.
This Berryville native needs no introduction from CCHA. Please enjoy the following clippings!
This week's post is brought to you by the collection of Beulah Glascock, who lived in Berryville around the turn of the 20th century. While repairing and cleaning her album, we stumbled across these gems, all circa 1907-1911:
It's the holiday season...are you afraid to show up to the family dinner still unattached? Is your lack of marital or paternal status causing mutterings among the relatives? Do you need a last minute arrangement to take the focus off your failings?
Turns out, this is a problem experience by people of all backgrounds across history. Do you find online dating unappealing and a pain? Try having to advertise in a newspaper, where everyone could see.
The following clippings are taken from the Courier, right around the turn of the 20th century, and each subscriber, as they were referred to, had the same goal in mind: matrimony. Even into the 1900s, marriage filled an economic and social role, regardless of background, age, or station in life.
Use these ads as a comedic break for the holiday season, and maybe draw some inspiration for your own family dinners.
This week's post is the start of what I hope will be a series of posts relating to the same subject - Berryville Politics at the turn of the 20th century. I know that sounds incredibly boring, but hear me out.
The following poem was penned anonymously sometime around 1910:
Melanie is the current archivist for the Clarke County Historical Association, in Berryville, Virginia. She is a graduate from Shepherd University, where she earned a degree in History.