The Mendenhall Collection

Today (7/15) I flew solo since Betty Lou went to watch her 12 year old grandson compete in a major tennis tournament in Washington.  I went to the Historical Society to explore the Mendenhall collection.   Nancy Largent graciously stayed and helped me for about two hours as we plowed through mostly unidentified photos.  As a Hovermale with endless roots in the county, Nancy was able to recite various lineages of the folks we saw.

There were several treasures including a photo of John Hunter who built many of the major houses in town at the turn of the 20th century.  I’d never seen him before.   More photos of young men and young women in the park spoke to how it was obviously a major outing for locals.  One interesting photo is shown here — Route 9 west over Cacapon Mountain probably soon after the road was built in the early 1920s.

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