Vintage Selfie

Below is the original scan of the image: (Click to enlarge.)

Below is a zoomed-in version with enhanced brightness & contrast. In this image, you can more clearly see the photographer’s long-distance device, which allowed him to be a part of the selfie. (Click to enlarge.)

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Brinegar Day Sept 26

AHGS will have a booth at Brinegar Day September 26. The event, held at Brinegar Cabin, will be from 10am-4pm, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. At our booth, we will share information on regional farming practices from the late 1800s. Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway plans to have a demonstration on making apple butter. We look forward to seeing you on the 26th of September!


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Alleghany Images Exhibit – Sept thru December 2015

AlleghanyImagesExhibitPosterThe next exhibit for the Alleghany Historical Museum is called Alleghany Images and was inspired by the upcoming exhibit, Looking at Appalachia at the Blue Ridge Business Development Center. That traveling show will begin at the BDC  September 19 and last through the end of October and it will feature 175 photographs of the Appalachian Mountain region. Get more info here. The BDC is located at 115 Atwood St in Sparta, North Carolina. Contact administrator, Dale Caveny for more information or visit his blog, Absolutely Alleghany.

3c8dd06eff33795a-LAALogo-URLLooking at Appalachia is the brainchild of Roger May, “an Appalachian American photographer currently living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky state line…” It promises to be an interesting look at the region, “… fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, this new crowdsourced image archive will serve as a reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.”

Our own exhibit will feature historic photos from Alleghany that represent our roots, here in the Blue Ridge. Some familiar and some never before published, the images include a look at religion, schools, families and work on the farm. The exhibit is sponsored by the Historical Society, NAPCO and Imaging Specialists.

Alleghany Images will begin September 1 and will be on display through the end of 2015. The Alleghany Historical Museum is open Thursday though Saturday from 10am to 5pm and admission is free. Donations to maintain the museum are, however, appreciated.

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Grandma’s Hands

The current exhibit at the Alleghany Historical Museum is Grandma’s Hands – a showcase of quilts from members of our community. Read the poem that inspired the name.

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David Andrew Sturgill’s essay on the Ride of Martin Gambill, featured in the current AHGS newsletter, was originally part of the 1984 New River Symposium. Read his entire essay on the National Park Service’s website, and see the rest of the articles that were part of the 1984 Symposium.

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The Alleghany Historical Museum will re-open Thursday April 2 at 10:00, after being closed for the winter months. The first exhibit of the year will be called Faith of Our Fathers, and will focus on community church histories.The Museum is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00-5:00 and is located at 7 North Main Street in Sparta, across from the Alleghany County Courthouse.

The Museum is asking for loans and donations for the exhibit. The exhibit will begin with items already in the collection of the Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society, but is expected to expand over the coming months with the help of the community. Please bring items for display during the Museum’s regular operating hours.

AHGS welcomes the involvement of every citizen of the county. If you’d like to volunteer or contribute to Alleghany Historical Museum, the Society is a certified 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.

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In an effort to reach potential new members, at the last meeting, the members of Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society voted to move the meeting date and time from the fourth Sunday of the month at 2pm, to the second Friday of the month at 4pm. It is hoped that more people would be able to attend the weekday meetings. The last Sunday meeting will be April 26 at 2pm, and the first Friday meeting will be May 8 at 4pm at the Alleghany Public Library.

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Troutdale History Tour

Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 1:15 PM – Troutdale Trading Post

Don’t miss a tour of Troutdale, Virginia, the highest incorporated town in Virginia and the first town in Virginia to have a female mayor!

Learn about: buildings that still stand and buildings that are no longer there; the trains, train station, and train tracks that are gone; the chartering of Troutdale in 1906. Listen to tidbits from stories by Sherwood Anderson, a nationally known author and Troutdale’s most famous resident. See copies of photographs from various times in Troutdale’s history. Spend about 3 hours of your Saturday afternoon and become an expert on the history of a really neat town.


Have questions or need more information? Contact the tour guide, Ed Clayton at or call Ed at 919-467-1082.

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AHGS Wins Statewide Awards at 2013 NCSH Banquet

The North Carolina Society of Historians awarded several honors to the Alleghany Historical – Genealogical Society, Saturday, October 19 at its annual Awards Banquet in Mooresville, North Carolina.

AHGS won a Joe M. McLauren Newsletter Award for our quarterly newsletter and a Paul Green Multi Media Award for our program: Alleghany Memories- five episodes that featured Jeanette Anders, Pauline Meals,  Walter Bell, the New Haven Quilters and the History of Alleghany Cares.

Alleghany Memories won an additional Paul Green Award for four episodes produced in collaboration with the  Marine Corps League, Walter Frank Osborne, Jr. Detachment 1298, that featured local USMC veterans, Bobby Irwin, J.T. Pardue, Bill Sebastion and Charles Pugh.

Alleghany Memories is available for viewing any time at

Of 81 eligible nominations, 22 projects were awarded Paul Green Awards and of 20 eligible nominations, 7 won Joe M. McLauren newsletter awards.

Thank you to the NCSH, its Board and the Judges for these honors!


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