L. Adolph Richards Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

922 THL

Scope and Content: This collection is comprised of booklets and articles by L. Adolph Richards of Winchester, VA, USA, concerning area history.
(1 box) Last updated Oct 2016.

Biographical/Historical: L. Adolph Richards was born March 30, 1878 at Frye’s Fort in Shenandoah Co., VA to Augustine B. and Josephine Hennestone Richards. Richards attended the Opequon School and later the John Kerr School, graduating in 1895. He attended the University of Virginia and George Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Mathematics. He spent 50 years in Washington, DC, serving the U.S. Naval Observatory, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and the U.S. Geologic Survey. When he moved to Winchester, he continued to teach mathematics and science to Army and Navy officers and persons preparing for Civil Service Exams. He also was known as a local historian and compiled four volumes of historical sketches on the local area. Richards died on Sept. 23, 1958, and is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA.

Bibliography: Winchester Evening Star, Sept. 25, 1958

Cite As: L. Adolph Richards Collection, 922 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Organization:

Box 1

Folder 1:

Booklet - Illustrated Historical Articles by L. Adolph Richards, Winchester, VA Volume I, 1955, 2 copies, printed.
Contents:
"Winchester, Oldest City in the Valley of Virginia"
"Ashby Family, Renowned in Northern Virginia"
"John Ashby from Whom Ashby Gap Derived Its Name"
"Where Admiral Byrd, Polar Explorer Was Born and Home of His Mother"
"Francis Asbury, Great Methodist Missionary and Bishop"
"Cornstalk, Noted Indian Chief and Orator, Born in Winchester"
"The Great Johnstown Flood, Destructive Floods at Harper's Ferry and along the Shenandoah River"
"Pocahontas, Noted Indian Princess"
"'Belle Grove,' Became a Battlefield During the War between the States"
"Tuscarora Indians and Famous Tuscarora Church"
"History of Christ Episcopal Church Where Lord Fairfax Is Buried"
"Harper's Ferry Where the Potomac and  Shenandoah Join"
"Kill-Buck, an Indian Chief and Youngsby's Home"
"Capon Bridge and Edward's Fort"
"Old Fry Fort on Cedar Creek"

Booklet - Illustrated Historical Articles by L. Adolph Richards, Winchester, VA, Volume IV, A Historical Guide Book to Winchester, Virginia, 1956, 1 copy, printed.
Contents:
"Winchester, Oldest City in the Valley of Virginia"
"Frederick County Court House, 116 years old"
"President McKinley joined the Masons in Winchester, May 3, 1865"
"Library and School left to Winchester by Judge Handley of Scranton, Pa."
"National Cemetery, where soldiers of four wars lie"
"Mt. Hebron Cemetery, laid out over 100 years ago"
"Historical Hollingsworth House"
"The Logan House"
"George Washington's Careers and Headquarters in Winchester"
"Dutch Mess and famous Red Lion Tavern"
"Birthplace of Admiral Byrd, Polar Explorer, and where his mother now lives"
"The Cannon Ball House"
"Union Army charged fee at Hillman's Tollgate"
"Mighty Oak marks camping site of Braddock's Army"
"Stonewall Jackson's headquarters on Braddock Street"
"Fort Loudoun and of our Girls' Schools that once flourished in Winchester"

“The McGuire Home., Corner of Braddock and Amherst Street.”

Folder 2:

Booklets – Winchester:

"Winchester, Virginia, Historical and Pictorial," , by L. Adolph Richards,1908, 2 items, printed
"Some Points of Interest in and Near Historic Winchester, Virginia," second edition, by L. Adolph Richards, 1909, 1 item, printed (photocopy)
"Winchester, Virginia," greetings from Civil Service Preparatory School, by L. Adolph Richards, 1931, 1 item, printed

Folder 3:

Articles by L. Adolph Richards - Clarke County, published in Winchester Evening Star, 16 items, printed (photocopy)

Article Number

Article Title

1

‘Annfield’ Was Clarke County Home of the Page Family

2

Ashby Home was First On Slopes of Blue Ridge

3

The Bryarlys Moved to Clarke County in the 18th Century

4

‘Ellwood’ Was Gold Family Home Mansion House is now Known as ‘Avenel’

5

Famed Stone Bridge Joins Well Known Clarke Estates

6

First Sheriff of Clarke County Lived at Rosemont

7

Little Clarke County Is Among State’s Most Productive Areas. Home of Nellie P. Custis (known as ‘Audley’

8

Lord Fairfax Erected the Guidepost That Gave White Post, Va. It’s Name

9

‘Long Branch,’ Home of Nelsons, Is Architectural Gem of Clarke

10

Marquis Calmes, French Huguenot, Settled in Clarke

11

Much Civil War Action Took Place In Buck Marsh Section of Clarke: ‘Clifton, Elismore and Fairfield’

12

Small but Prosperous Village of Boyce Grew Beside Railroad

13

Stone Residence Near Berryville Has ‘Ghost’ Room: Soldier’s Blood Stains on Floor: ‘Rock Hill’

14

Three Homes Not Far Apart Made History in Clarke County

15

‘Tulyries’ Is Landmark of Great Beauty

16

‘Woodley’ to Be Open For Tour on May 14

 

Folder4:
Articles by L. Adolph Richards - Frederick County, published in Winchester Evening Star, 41 items, printed (photocopy)

Article Number

Article Title

1-f

A.B. Richards Was Descendant of Two Pioneer Families

2-f

Apple Tree Planted by Hessian Still Bears After 175 years

3-f

Baker and Glaize Families Make Homes North of Old Round Hill

4-f

Henry Baker’s Descendants Were Prominent in Local Business

5-f

Belle Grove, Built by Revolutionary Soldier, Became Battlefield During War Between States

6-f

Brucetown and Old Jobe Mill add to Color of Local Area

7-f

Carpers Valley, East of City, Contains Some Noted Old Homes

8-f

Cedar Creek Grade’s Winter Hill Was Built in 1811 by Capt. Brent

9-f

Cedar Creek Grade Area Is Rich in Local History (Winter Hill and Old Fry Fort”

10-f

Cedar Grove Once Site of Village

11-f

Descendants of Pioneer Founder Still Live in Village of Hayfield

12-f

Dinges Home Has Been in Same Family for More Than Century

13-f

Fahnestock Family Home Has Unusual Boxwood Hedge and Rare Furnitore

14-f

Famed Old Presbyterian, Methodist Churches Located at Chambersville

15-f

Fort Collier, North of City, Scene of Civil War Fighting

16-f

Frederick County Courthouse is 115 Years Old This Year

17-f

200 Year Old Fry Fort Was Built By Washington’s Commanding Officer

18-f

Helm Family Was Prominent In Early Days of Frederick Co.

19-f

Round Hill Was Birthplace of Joseph Ellis Hodgson

20-f

Hodgson and Yeakley Families Among First in Frederick County

21-f

Indian Graveyard Preserved In Cemetery at Babb’s Marsh

22-f

Indian Hollow Chapel Founded In Gratitude for Son’s Return

23-f

Joist Hite Built House, Fort at Bartonsville

24-f

Jones, Glass Families Settled on the Opequon

25-f

Larricks Came to Frederick County in 1755 from Delaware

26-f

Many Local Families Attended Greenspring Church and School

27-f

Marlboro Waterfall

28-f

Middle Road Location of Many Old Settlements, Colonial Homesteads

29-f

Millers Owned Cloverdale for 120 Years But Never Occupied the Farm

30-f

One-Room School House, McGuffy Readers Had Strong Influence in the 19th Century

31-f

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32-f

Rock Enon Springs Once Celebrated Resort Had Healing Springs, Store and Post Office

33-f

Rose Hill Farm Scene of Two Kernstown Battles

34-f

Runnymede Farm, Birthplace of Charles Broadway Rouss

35-f

Siler Post Office is Closing After 66 Years

36-f

Star Tannery and Gravel Springs Home of Cover and Pifer Families

37-f

Steele Gardens Were Once a Winchester Show Place

38-f

Stephens City Built Wagons; Middletown Invented Threshers

39-f

Stephens Fort Contains 1,500 Historic Relics

40-f

30 Foot Iron Water Wheel

41-f

Thomas Cartmell, Frederick County Clerk, Wrote History

42-f

Timber Ridge, Site of Bethel Church and Muse Family Home

43-f

Well Known Landmarks In Whitacre Section; From Pughtown to Bloomery Over the Old Braddock Road

44-f

Whitacre Family Settled In West Frederick

45-f

Willa Cather, Noted Authoress, Was Born in Frederick County

 

Folder 5:
Articles by L. Adolph Richards - Shenandoah County, published in Winchester Evening Star, 3 items, printed (photocopy)

Article Number

Article Title

1S

Historic Fort Bowman, Built in 1753; Much History Revolves About Old Fort Bowman (Printed in the Northern Va Daily)

2S

Sine Family Played Important Role In Walnut Springs Church History

3S

Stickley and Miller Families Lived in Southern Frederick County

 

Folder 6:
Articles by L. Adolph Richards - Warren County, published in Winchester Evening Star, 3 items, printed (photocopy)

Article Number

Article Title

1W

A Leaf from History: The Village of Milldale In Northeast Warren County

2W

Belle Boyd Was Active In Riverton During War

3W

Mansion Built About 1780: Charles Minn Thruston Built ‘Mount Zion’ Near Milldale. 

  

Folder 7:
Articles by L. Adolph Richards - Winchester, Virginia, published in Winchester Evening Star, 29 items, printed (photocopy)

1win

Ashby Family Long Renowned IN Morthern Virginia Area

2win

Battle of Winchester Raged Around Houses Still Standing

3win

Bell’s Corner at Loudoun and Boscawen Streets, Has Been Busy Site for More Than 150 Years

4win

Burgess Family, Once Residents Here, Left Two Fine Houses

5win

Custodian of Washington’s Office Tells How General ‘Put one Over’ on Thirsty Friend

6win

First Railroad to Winchester Had Depot at Cameron, Boscawen Sts.

7win

Four Corner at Intersection of Main and Piccadilly: Well Known Cooper Wholesale Building and Loudoun and Piccadilly’s N.W. Corner.

8win

Gen. Daniel Morgan’s Home

9win

George Washington Spent Eight Years in Winchester

10win

German Smith Had First Sumac Mill in Valley of Virginia: First Sumac Tannery

11win

Godfrey Miller Home Antiques To Be Auctioned

12win

Great Indian Orator Cornstalk Born and Raised Near ‘Town Run’

13win

Henry St. George Tucker Was Prominent Lawyer

14win

Home of Custers Open on Friday For Benefit Tour: “Thornhill” Built in 18th Century

15win

House Built by Gov. James Wood Open for Benefit Tour Wednesday

16win a-f

No. 234-239: Indian Arrow-Head House at Shawnee Springs

17win

John Kerr Graduate Shows Diploma (Miss Nannie Purcell)

18win

Lions Club Members Obtain Supplies for Tuesday’s Sweeping City-wide Sale of Brooms

19win

Local Landmark for 50 Years to Disappear: Residential Development to replace SVA

20win

Missing Papers Saved the Life of Thomas William Matthews

21win

Old Auditorium Theatre in City Hall Dismantled to Provide Office Space: First Movie House Has Interesting Past

22win

Parkins’ Mill and Home, Now ‘The Elms,’ Among the Oldest Houses South of Town

23win

Rev. Christian Streit Served Old Stone Lutheran Church in City for 27 Years

24win

Richard Parker, Famous Judge, Lived on Washington Street

25win

‘Rose Hill’ on Featherbed Lane Open for Benefit Tour Sept. 30

26win

‘Rose Hill Farm’ Open For Garden Tour May 14

27win

Russell Family Came to America in 1732: First Home Place Bought From Indians

28win

Stone House of Coontz Family Replaced Indian Stockade: Stone House Built by Coontz

29win

Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Now Private House on Braddock St.

30win

Taylor Hotel Housed Many Famous Guests

31win

Winchester Area Can Boast of 3 Featherbed Lanes

32win

Winchester’s Four Fire Companies Have Won City National Reputation

 

Folder 8:

Articles by L. Adolph Richards – Miscellaneous, Virginia, published in Winchester Evening Star, 3 items, printed (photocopy)

Article Number

Article Title

1m

Dolly Madison’s Wedding Party Garthered in Winchester in 1794: Octagon House

2m

George Washington Spent Eight Years in Winchester

3m

224th Anniversary of Washington’s Birthday Being Celebrated Today

 

Folder 9:

Articles by L. Adolph Richards – West Virginia, Virginia, published in Winchester Evening Star, 15 items, printed (photocopy)

Article Number

Article Title:

1wv

Hollow Sycamore Was Home of Early Pioneers in W. Va: Old Pringle Tree

2wv

Middleway, W. Va.: Town With Tree Names

3wv

Tuscorora Church Drives Its Name From Indian Tribe: Tuscorora Church

4wv

Stonewall Jackson Spent Youth Working on Grandfather’s Farm

5wv

Rouss Family Owned Several Homes in Berkeley County

6wv

Frederick County Ironmasters Started Settlement at Wheeling

7wv

Davis, W. Va. Founded in Primeval Forest

8wv

Bloomery is Situated On Old Braddock Road

9wv

Many German Settlers Built Homes on Timber Ridge (with pictures of Timber Ridge Church and Oldest Grave in Cemetery)

10wv

25 Miles Mountain Scenery on Old Wardensville Grade

11wv

Coopers, Davises Settled Cannan Valley of W. Va.

12wv

Gen. George Washington Planned, Supervised building of ‘Harewood’

13wv

Morgan Morgan Built First Settlement in West Virginia

14wv

Settlers Were Already Living in Capon Valley When Washington Surveyed Area in 1750