History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses. ~Charles Angoff The purpose of this series is to document West Point, Virginia’s long, complex and significant multicultural history for hundreds of years as a port of entry, port of delivery and port of departure. Along these… Continue reading Introduction: the Forgotten Port Series West Point,Virginia
Ann Cunningham seems to disappear from the record after 1883. To date, we have not located a will, death certificate or any deeds in the King William County "burned" records showing how her properties were transferred. Given the fact this was a female property owner beginning in 1863 without any mention of her husband or a trustee, why is there no local record of who she was? Did she die in 1883? Move?
Digitized archival records provide a phenomenal portal to the past allowing us to time travel with an expanded itinerary. Inclusive storytelling requires that every note in the composition of our collective song is heard. As our access to documents increases via technology, we have the opportunity to restore the missing pages of the score. A community’s history is its soundtrack with many songs and composers, but ultimately one shared story.
If you are new to this series and would like to learn more, click here to read the introduction. One of the services offered by REACH Consulting is the preparation of a house history. The following short preview of the type of information we research features a beautiful historic home in West Point, VA which… Continue reading This Old House Series: Lot 281, 516 Main Street, West Point, VA–a Snapshot of the Early Years 1865-1907
If you missed the Introduction to the series which provides some background information, you can read it here. Well, I have put this off long enough. The house standing on Lot 217 (403 Main Street) is arguably the oldest surviving structure in West Point, Virginia. I’ve known this for quite some time but as… Continue reading This Old House Series: Lot 217, West Point VA (403 Main Street) Part 1
If you missed the Introduction to the series which provides some background information, you can read it here. In the process of researching the local history of the previously enslaved, I have discovered more information than I truly thought possible. That is indeed a positive outcome, but given limited time and resources the best I… Continue reading Say Their Names: Honoring and Remembering the Enslaved Ancestors (Ralph Twopence Quarles)
As a researcher, I have spent many sleepless nights processing information I have read in documents or haunted by images I have discovered. As a white historian, I am painfully aware of how important it is I consider the lens through which I am viewing this information as I pursue my passion for inclusive storytelling.… Continue reading Say Their Names–Honoring and Remembering the Enslaved Ancestors (Series Introduction)