Bristol Historical Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 204 Bristol, Tennessee 37621
October Newsletter 2011
Vol. 1 Issue 5
|SAVE THESE DATES!|
November 14th -- Note this corrected date!
General Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM
At the Bristol Public Library
Honorable Charles B. Flannagan II, Circuit Judge, 28th
Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia
Christmas Luncheon & General Membership Meeting
At The Virginian Golf Club at 12:30 PM
Carl Mallory, Director of Marketing
at United Central Company in Bristol
presents Scenes of Abingdon:
A Pictorial History from 1746 to Present
General Membership Meetings are open to the public.
BHA Assists With William King Museum Exhibit
Following an invitation from the William King Regional
Museum to BHA to assist in locating items for an exhibition the Museum will be hosting at the end of this year, a number of items were selected for inclusion. In conjunction with the 2012 program MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children in the Arts, the exhibition, entitled "Dress-Up: A Regional Portrait of Childhood" will run from December 16th, 2011, until May 13th, 2012, and will explore the interaction of art and fashion with children's lives in this region through examples of historic regional costume and period portraiture. At all social and economic levels, children of this time period dressed like miniature adults, with only slight differentiations in lengths of skirts or knickers. The exhibition will playfully evoke the lives and adventures of nineteenth-century children growing up in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Among the articles selected were a beautiful intricately hand-crocheted dress made by the mother of BHA's own Director of Archives, Carolyn Williams, and a portrait of Carolyn at age three wearing this dress.
| Notes From the President|
We are happy to report that the Preston House Project continues to
make positive progress. Washington County, VA, has approved the proposed subdivision plat, and the easement agreement allowing us access to the Preston property across Intermont's property has been signed. There are no further legal obstacles to the purchase of the property, and Bill McRee will be writing the deed. BHA Member Nancy Cook, who has a great deal of grant writing experience, has been assisting with the grant application through the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Her help has been
invaluable and has already brought in a $10,000 grant from Washington County, VA. Thank you, Nancy!
A contract has also been signed with the TCI Realty Group to facilitate the sale of the E.W. King House. A sign has been placed in the yard, and the property will be marketed for either potential residential or commercial use. Interested parties should contact Rick Armstrong at the TCI Group: phone (423) 968-7173 or email email@example.com
Mark your calendars now for BHA's November 14th General Membership meeting as well as the BHA Christmas Luncheon scheduled for Sunday, December 4th. The November 14th
meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library and will feature the election of officers for the coming year as well as a much-anticipated program by the Honorable Charles B. Flannagan II, Circuit Judge, 28th Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia, now retired. The BHA Christmas Luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on Sunday, December 4th, at the Virginian Golf Club. Look for your invitation to the Christmas Luncheon at the end of this newsletter.
Wishing All of You a Wonderful Upcoming Holiday Season!
BRISTOL HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION NOW
HAS AVAILABLE A FREE PROGRAM
FOR INTERESTED GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS:
"SNAPSHOTS OF BRISTOL HISTORY"
BHA Archivist Roy Williams has produced a slide show of forty-five BHA photographs with a narrative script to be used by Membership to present programs at civic clubs and other
organizations. The presentation is available on flash drive and DVD. If you belong to a group that might be interested in having this program, please contact Membership Chair, Roxann Coulthard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-466-5357. Call now to book your program!
**LOOK FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM IN THE COPY OF THIS NEWSLETTER YOU WILL BE RECEIVING IN THE USPS MAIL**
Remember to renew your membership for 2012!!
**ALSO PLEASE NOTE**
Be sure to include your email address on your membership form! Newsletters will be sent by
EMAIL ONLY in 2012 and you won't receive a newsletter if we don't have your email address!
|A Tale of Two Houses|
by Scott Otis
The I.C. Fowler House, located at 417 Spencer St, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing structure to the Virginia Hill Historic District. It was built in 1867 in the Greek Revival architectural style and is the oldest standing house left from the original City limits of Goodson, VA. I.C. Fowler served as Mayor of Goodson, VA. He was the Editor of the Bristol News and served in the Virginia House of Delegates where he was Speaker of the House. Fowler moved from this house to Abingdon, VA in 1884 when he was appointed Clerk of the U.S. District Court. Fowler died in 1905 and is buried in Historic East Hill Cemetery.
608 Russell Street, pictured above, is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing structure to the Virginia Hill Historic District. Based on its Arts and Crafts style architecture, this house is believed to have been built circa 1920-1930. It is completely restored and was nominated for a 2011 APVA (Preservation Virginia) Award for "Outstanding Preservation Project". This house is now for sale. By restoring these two houses I hope to encourage more people to buy these one-of-a-kind historic old homes and restore them to their former glory. For more information about either of these properties please contact Scott Otis at email@example.com.
Bristol's Historic East Hill Cemetery
by Bud Phillips
In my writings, I often mention Bristol's historic East Hill Cemetery. It is actually more historic than most local residents realize because of the burials there of local persons who have accomplished much on the local, state, and even national levels. Recently, this cemetery had its fame made greater by being placed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is also now on the Civil War Trail.
Now just how did this old cemetery come into existence? The hill upon which the oldest part is located has been known by four names, the first of which was "Maryland Hill". By the time Bristol was founded (1852) it had become known as "Round Hill", the reason being obvious. Shortly, locals started calling it Rooster Hill, because some early residents began using it as a place to have game rooster fights. After burials began to be made there it went back to the name of Round Hill. Strangely, before the town was even an oversized village it began being called the City Cemetery, although it was then outside the town limits.
The first burial done here was that of little Nellie Gaines, aged five in late February, 1857. The late Hattie King Owen told that her father, Capt. J.W. Owen returned from Mexico on February 18th and that he assisted in the burial the following week. At that time the area was covered with trees and brush. Later that year two more children were buried near Nellie Gaines. Then prior to the beginning of the Civil War a few more persons were buried near the summit of the hill, one of them being Dr. James Pepper who died January 11, 1860 at the age of 29. He was a brother of the noted Dr. Charles Taylor Pepper for whom the popular soft drink is named. During the Civil War one hundred or more Confederate soldiers were buried on the western slope of this hill.
On May 22, 1868, L.F. Johnson, an early pioneer merchant here, bought a two acre tract that included the Confederate burying ground. The next day he deeded it to the Ladies Memorial Association which was charged with the upkeep of the soldiers' graves. This association began selling lots of twenty by eighteen feet at twenty dollars each. In a very short time the cemetery expanded, and within two years burials were being made far east of the original tract. The change to the present name did not come about by official action of the cemetery board or the city. Locals simply referred to it as the cemetery on the hill east of town, and this evolved into East Hill Cemetery by 1890. The cemetery continued to expand eastward until it reached Williams Street and Georgia Avenue about 1900. East Hill Cemetery, divided, though not equally, by the state line, now has about 4000 burials over almost seventeen acres, and lots are still available. The cemetery is largely maintained by donations from the public and volunteers. It is one of Bristol's most historic landmarks.
For a Walking Tour Map of East Hill Cemetery, please visit BHA's website at www.BristolHistoricalAssociation.com. Click on the "Links" tab at the top of the home page, then scroll down the page to "East Hill Cemetery Walking Tour Brochure & Map" then click on the link. You may then download the map and print it.
DONATIONS, MEMORIALS, AND SERVICES
September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011
Eddythe G. and H. Austin Carr
Nancy Baker DeFriece
George W. Hammer, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Moneyhun
Anna S. Morgan Trust
Mr. and Mrs. R. Warren Crockett
Gene A. and Wilma H. Gill
Pauline Massengill DeFriece Trust
Myers and Jan Massengill
Catherine Sheffey Douglas
MEMORIALS TO LOUIS KING:
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rainero
MEMORIALS TO JEANNE KING:
Gwen B. King
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rainero
Sara S. Burleson
MEMORIAL TO RICHARD C. HORNER
Charles R. and Roxann Coulthard
Karl and Gwen Smith
MEMORIAL TO NANCY HARTING:
Michael and Linda Riley
Barbara H. Overstreet
James and Sharon Crumley
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rainero
Karl and Gwen Smith
Steve L. and Carol S. Everhart
James R. McHenry
Chris and Candie Horner
George W. Hammer, Jr.
David and Carol Willis
Exxon Mobil Foundation/Nedra Hartley
Memorials, Donations, and Contributions to any BHA Project may be sent to PO Box Bristol, TN 37621-0204
PROPOSED SLATE OF OFFICERS
PRESIDENT: ISABELLE LADD
VICE-PRESIDENT: NEDRA HARTLEY
SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT: RUTH KING
RECORDING SECRETARY: JANET SMITH
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: GENEVA DILLARD
TREASURER: WILMA GILL
DIRECTORS, CLASS OF 2013:
MARY BETH RAINERO
Bristol Historical Association
Annual Christmas Buffet Luncheon
Sunday, December 4, 2011, 12:30 p.m.
The Virginian Golf Club
$25 per person
(Wine extra-pay Virginian)
Guests are Welcome
Program by Carl Mallory,
Director of Marketing, United Central Company
"Scenes of Abingdon: A Pictorial History
from 1746 to Present"
Make your reservation no later than
November 21 by mailing your check made to
Bristol Historical Association to:
108 Brookwood Drive
Bristol, TN 37620