Skip to main content

RHS Coll. Rockbridge Historical Society Collections

 Collection Type
Identifier: RHS Coll
Since 1939, the mission of the Rockbridge Historical Society has been to preserve and to promote these local histories through public programs and educational outreach; through its stewardship of artifacts and archives; and through decades of publications and partnerships in historic preservation. For more information please visit -

Found in 71 Collections and/or Records:

Rockbridge Historical Society files on hotels

 Collection — Box 1, Folder: 1-12
Identifier: RHS-Coll-0057
Dates: Majority of material found within 1822 - 1987

Rockbridge Historical Society files on genealogy

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0058
Scope and Contents

This collection contains biographical and genealogical information on various people, primarily from in and around Rockbridge County.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1700 - 1960

Printed volume, "Sportsmen's Association of Cheat Mountain"

 Item — RHS Collections #0060 - #0076
Identifier: RHS-Coll-0060
Scope and Contents A guide and the by - laws of the "Sportsmen's Association of Cheat Mountain", which was a privately owned hunting and fishing preserve in Randolph County, West Virginia founded in 1887. This small volume was published in 1889. It is inscribed by William S. Edwards of Charleston, West Virginia, who was a member of the board of directors of the association. The volume includes printed maps of the vicitiniy of the preserve. Found in the volume is a segment of a photograph of a hunting party and...
Dates: 1889

J. Woods Culton hunting license and celluloid button

 Collection — RHS Collections #0060 - #0076
Identifier: RHS-Coll-0061
Scope and Contents

A wallet sized paper huntin license and accompanying celluoid "resident license" button for hunting, fishing, and trapping in Rockbridge County, Virginia resident J. Culton Woods, of Brownsburg, Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Dates: 1928 - 1929

Native Americans

 Collection — RHS Collections #0060 - #0076
Identifier: RHS-Coll-0062
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of files containing newspaper articles, history essays and writing, and photographs concerning Native American land, battles with colonial settlers, prominent figures, and forts in Rockbridge County. Many materials describe the Shawnee Tribe and their presence and relationship with settlers in Kerrs Creek, Abbs' Valley, Balcony Falls, and Hayes Creek Mound. Some materials concern the death of Chief Cornstalk, also known as Hokoleskwa, and the Kerrs Creek Massacre.

Dates: 1872 - 1988

Felt Pennant from Camp Robert Hunt

 Collection — RHS Collections #0060 - #0076
Identifier: RHS-Coll-0076
Scope and Contents

This file consists of a felt pennant from 1938, which reads "Camp Robert Hunt Junior Honor Award." Light moth damage. Light blue color. Camp Robert Hunt was a youth summer camp located near Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Dates: 1938

Rockbridge Historical Society files on Houses

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0059
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of essays, reports, financial documentation, and other historic records documenting the presence, arcitecture, development, or evolution of local houses in and around Rockbridge County and Lexington, Virginia.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1800 - 1995

Tate Thompson Brady Family papers

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0090
Scope and Contents

Box 7 includes slides and books.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.Creation: 1785-2005

Martha Spencer research collection

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHS-Coll-0095

 Mountain City Lodge No. 67 archives

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0507
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the archives of Lexington, Virginia's freemasonry organization, the Mountain City Lodge, No. 67 founded in 1857. The archive inludes early petitions for membership from the fraternal organization's founding era, management and financial records, membership records, a nearly complete run of the annually published bound volumes titled, "Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Virginia" between the late 1850s thhrough the early 1900s.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1857 - 1990

African-American Heritage Exhibit materials

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0001
Scope and Contents

This collection contains research materials gathered during 2001 for an African American heritage exhibit put on by Rockbridge Historical Society. It also contains a booklet from 125th anniversary of the First Baptist Church in Lexington, Va.

Dates: Inclusive 1992-2001 approximate

R. M. Montgomery advertisement

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0002
Scope and Contents

Index-size card advertisement for R. M. Mongomery, who was a dealer in furniture, sewing machines, organs, and pianos and a manufacturer or Mongomery's family medicines. Mongomery's business was located in Raphine, VA.

Dates: circa 1900

Receipt, Samuel Mosby to David Anderson, Jr. for the purchase of an enslaved girl named Charlotte

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0003
Scope and Contents

A receipt for the purchase of an enslaved African American girl named Charlotte who was sold by Samuel Mosby to David Anderson Jr. for $258 on June 16, 1828 in Hanover, Virginia. Joseph Mosby also signed the document as a witness.

Dates: 1828-06-16

Contracts for hire of enslaved persons by the William Ackerly estate

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0004
Scope and Contents This collection consists of seven one year contracts between Abraham Lovell, curator of William Ackerly's (deceased) estate, and individuals for hire of enslaved persons, Rachel, Fanny, Nancy, James Alexander, Elisha, and Caroline with her three children. Each contract includes the name of the enslaved person, dates for her/his hire, the cost, and the name of the leasee. Further, each document states that the individuals were to be treated "with humanity" or "humanely" and returned with 'the...
Dates: Inclusive 1860-1864

Late 19th and early 20th Century Almanac Collection

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0005
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 12 late 19th and early 20th century Almanacs.

Dates: Inclusive 1850-1909

Preliminary research oriented to archaeological excavation at W&L, 1. Liberty Hall

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0006
Scope and Contents

This is a Washington and Lee University Honors Thesis by graduating senior David W. Piner with co-authors Charles N. Watson and David T. Moore. Includes bibliographical references. These students were advised by John M. McDaniel.

Dates: 1974

Rockbridge Historical Society collection about Arnold's Valley, Virginia

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0007
Scope and Contents This collection includes an edited typescript titled "Notes on Arnold's Valley" by Washington and Lee University faculty member Miles Poindexter. Poindexter read this paper to the Rockbridge Historical Society (RHS) at their quarterly meeting on October 27, 1941. This is noted in Volume Two of the "Proceedings of the Rockbridge Historical Society." Also included in this collection are two drafts of a paper written for Lexington, Virginia's Ignorance Club on the history of the Arnold Family...
Dates: 1940-07-22

19th and 20th Century Valley of Virginia Folk Art Exhibition Catalog

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0008
Scope and Contents

This is the catalog for the exhibition 19th & 20th Century Valley of Virginia Folk Art, which was held at Southern Seminary College in Buena Vista, VA during April 1991. This catalog contains descriptive information about the pieces in the exhibit, all of which were from the collection of Linda and Kurt Russ.

Dates: 1991

Rockbridge Historical Society Collection

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0009
Scope and Contents This collection consists of various records, such as meeting minutes, papers, and other printed materials, such as newspaper clippings. It contains several copies of a pamphlet of bicentennial historic dates that occured within Rockbridge County and the city of Lexington as compiled by Rockbridge Historical Society president Charles W. Turner. It also contains a typescript from 1956, entitled The River Crossing at Jordan's Point by Martha Ann Spencer, that was submitted to the society's...
Dates: Inclusive 1939-1978 Approximate

Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities Papers

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0010
Scope and Contents

This collection contains various items related to the Association, such as newsletters, membership information, newspapers clippings about the society, and other notes. Photocopies of 1996 Preservation Essays

Dates: 1935 - 1971

Lexington and Lexington-Rockbridge County Chamber of Commerce Collection

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0011
Scope and Contents This collection contains two pamphlets issued by the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and its later incarnation, the Lexington-Rockbridge County Chamber of Commerce. One, which predates 1926, is entitled Lexington Virginia: 'Heart of the Southland'. Several photographs by Michael Miley and a regional map are printed inside. The second one is entitled A Sign Program for Lexington, Virginia, which was reprinted from the News Gazette October 28 1964. There is also a copy of meeting minutes from...
Dates: prior to 1926-1964

Daughters of the American Revolution, Virginia Frontier Chapter Records

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0012
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the chapter's membership lists and meeting agendas for 1956-1957, 1959-1960, 1960-1961.

Dates: Inclusive 1956-1961

Ignorance Club Collection

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0013
Scope and Contents

This collection contains the Ignorance Club's programs for years 1909-1910, 1934-1935, 1935-1936, 1936-1937, 1941-42, which contain officer lists, membership lists, lists of club rules, and schedules of the year's meetings and member presentations. It also includes what is believed to be the first paper written by a society member for presentation at a meeting, which was R. F. Anderson on March 13, 1908.

Dates: Inclusive 1908-1942