- "Leaves Falling over Asbury Church Ruins"
Town of Hillsboro, Virginia
Taken with permission (Trespassing Forbidden)
Until recently I was unaware that the ridge south of Hillsboro held an African American community for over 150 years. This week I was fortunate enough to meet a man with the distinguished claim of being the last surviving resident.
After a conversation about local history and mutual friends he was kind enough to grant me access to the property. As I began shooting a storm gathered, raining leaves over the church ruins, cemetery, and my shoulders.
I found the following information on http://www.hillsborovirginia.org
for those interested:
Descended from slaves and free blacks, the families of Short Hill Mountain owned property, farmed the land, built a schoolhouse and church in the 19th century, and forged their lives amid some of the darkest periods in American history. Their history is intertwined with that of the Town, their stories buried within the remaining foundations of old log homes that stud the mountain.
Although it was forbidden by law, local blacks in Hillsboro would gather secretly to worship separately from whites just south of Town on the Short Hill at a spot that came to be known as Pulpit’s Rock.
At the end of the Civil War, the Hillsboro blacks established their own Asbury Methodist congregation, worshipping at Pulpit’s Rock. The Asbury Methodist Church, built of fieldstone by the congregants in 1887, still stands today at the base of Short Hill. Lying beside it is a large, weathered stone that is reputed to be Pulpit’s Rock.
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- Historic garden wall that had to come down due to instability, being rebuilt in its original location using the original bricks. The new wall has an actual foundation as well as concrete piers and steel beams hidden within to support the additional weight of a sliding access door. The original mortar had turned to dust so reusing the brick was pretty straightforward! #reclaimed #reclaimedbrick
- Today we bring you a somewhat unassuming industrial building from Waterford, Virginia. This is the Waterford Mill, built in the 1820s and operated until 1939 as one of the principal businesses of the community, the mill was powered by Catoctin Creek and milled grains that were farmed nearby. Laid out in a five course common bond with a standing seam gabled roof and standing tall at three and a half stories, the mill welcomes visitors to the Town of Waterford, itself one of only three National Historic Landmark Districts, which includes many buildings built before the 1840s. Quite close to Washington, D.C., the Waterford Foundation hosts the Waterford Fair every fall, which is a great excuse to go explore it for yourself (10/6 - 10/8 this year)! Photo by @daniel_tana
- Part 12: here's the final resting place of Woodward Hall. It is still in the same location as it had been since the late 1920's, though the campus within the fence belongs to Oregon's only national lab, the National Energy and Technology Laboratory (NETL). Abandoned since 1995 or so, it sits awaiting its fate. We are one step away from 100% confirmation of its original location. Next mystery: the Hummingbird Project. Stay tuned. #albanyoregon #vintagescience #vintage #findingwoodward #historicpreservation #historicarchitecture
- Thoroughly enjoying exploring historic Cape May this week. They also have gas lamps which I'm partial to #capemay #victorianarchitecture #jerseyshore #beachvacation #historicpreservation #gaslamp
- #buildingaday2017 can you believe at one point there was a proposal to demolish and pave this (architectural) paradise and put up a parking lot? Was so happy to work here and walk through this magnificent building. @nationalbuildingmuseum #nationalbuildingmuseum #historicpreservation #historicarchitecture #thisplacematters #washingtondc #wethepeopledc