Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival
September 23, 24 & 25

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History Presentations
Saturday, September 26, 2015
11:00   Doug Riley as Stonewall Jackson
12:30   Sherryrobin Boland, Herbal Folklore, Medicine and Magic
2:00   Charles Boland, Period Furniture Making
3:15    Mary Balint, Basket Making
3:45    Jim Morris, Stringed Instrument Making
4:45    Rob Wolford, West Virginia in the Reconstruction Era
Sunday, September 28, 2014
10:00  Doug Riley as Stonewall Jackson
12:00  Paul Parish, Hampshire County and Lord Fairfax
1:30    Elissa Parish, Tape Looms of the Eighteen Century
3:00    Dave & Jeanne Zaladonis, Flintlock Muzzleloader and the Frontier

11:00  Doug Riley as Stonewall Jackson

Born in Clarksburg, Jackson was an orphan who became one of the most revered names in military history. He is regarded by experts as a tactical genius and a relentless battlefield commander of unsurpassed ability. The men of the “Stonewall Brigade” were fiercely loyal to their leader. General Jackson was a devoutly religious man whose death by friendly fire was a crushing blow to Confederate hopes for ultimate victory.
 Lt. General Jackson's participation is sponsored by the History Alive! Program of the West Virginia Humanities Council
with additional financial assistance from the Office of the Secretary, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. 
12:30               Sherryrobin Boland*

Ms. Boland is a West Virginia Master Gardener.  She grows and studies 18th century herbs and has a background in herbal medicine and preparations and 18th century herbal garden design and function. She has been gardening since she was a child with over 50 plus years of digging in the dirt.  Ms. Boland will discuss Appalachian folklore, medicine, and superstition handed down from our Ancestors including how herbs were used by the “Granny Woman” in West Virginia and surrounding areas for healing, telling stories and creating a bit of magic.  What herbs did they use?  Where did they come from?
2:00        Charles Boland*

Mr. Boland is an 18th Century Traditional Windsor Chair maker & Joiner with Studies in Tradition Furniture making at:  The Windsor Institute Hampton NH with Michael Dunbar; The Woodwrights school, Pittboro, NC with Roy Underhill, Mary May and Bill Anderson; Country workshops, NC, with Peter Follansbee, head joiner Plymouth Plantation.  Since 2004 he has been recognized as one of the top 200 listed in the "Directory of Traditional American Crafts", Early American Magazine. Categories in which he has been selected include Windsor Furniture, Formal or Painted Furniture and Miscellaneous.   
Mr. Boland is a juried demonstrator crafter at Geo. Washington's Mount Vernon and the Waterford Va. Homes Tour and Craft Exhibit both since 2005 to Present.
Mr. Boland will have various pieces of reproduction 18th Century furniture to display and will talk about the techniques and methods used in traditional made 18th Century furniture as well as demonstrating making furniture parts on a reproduction 18th century "Pole Lathe".  His lecture will also include the history of some of the period furniture and their makers.  www.storybookjoinery.com
3:15        Mary Balint*
Ms. Balint is a retired Registered Nurse.  She has studied basketmaking for about 20 years and researched ribbed baskets which were the first primitive basket made and were found among artifacts of Native Americans.  Ms. Balint will present information about and techniques used in making the baskets  found in and around the southern Appalachian Mountains. 

3:45        Jim Morris*

After retiring from a government job in Wash., DC, Mr. Morris started playing guitar in various venues in the Metopolitan area. During this time he was also a crew member and sound man for the comedy troupe "The Capitol Steps". He and his wife moved to Hampshire Co. WV about 10 years ago. It was here that he was exposed to old time fiddle and banjo music. He researched the banjo and the banjo’s history in the United States including the many different methods and materials used in making them.  Now he makes a variety of other instruments, but focuses on the banjo.  He will discuss methods folks would have used in the making of stringed instruments in a pre-industrial situation using only what materials were at hand.

4:45        Rob Wolford*
Mr. Wolford grew up in Romney and Augusta, WV, listening to stories of his family’s rich heritage in Hampshire County; He represents the 7th generation of Wolfords to have lived in Hampshire County, his son is the 8th.  He served in the US Army 6 years before going to college using his GI Bill.  He graduated Cum Laude from Shepherd College and then earned a Masters of History from California University of Pennsylvania.  He currently teaches West Virginia Studies at Romney Middle School and enjoys demonstrating frontier and ante-bellum occupations and craftsmanship. He is the Historian for the Town of Romney and serves as the Romney Town Crier. He is also a contributor to the Hampshire Review and writes on Civil War and early 20th Century subjects. His passion is all things Hampshire County. 
Mr. Wolford will discuss West Virginia in the Reconstruction Era.  The end of the Civil War left many then living homeless, impoverished or maimed for life.   In its aftermath, the State of West Virginia found itself in the unprecedented position of having been created out of political expedience.  Hampshire County found itself tied to a new state that it did not necessarily wish to be tethered.  The war to settle the issues left to the American people by the forefathers created still more issues about rights, relationships and responsibilities between the federal and state governments that persist to this time.  Wolford’s talk will explore these issues as they relate to the progression of infrastructure and Jim Crow laws in Hampshire County.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

10:00   Doug Riley as Stonewall Jackson

Trisha Strader as Southern Belle Boyd

Trisha Strader is an award winning Civil War living historian and writer.  Throughout the day she portrays her distant relative the famous Confederate Spy Belle Boyd.
12:00 Paul Parish*
Mr. Parish developed the skills, knowledge and equipment that the
surveyor would have used during the 18th century time period. He has an
extensive library related to his studies and has attended many seminars,
schools, and training sessions related to them.  He states that he has
found this subject to be not well known, and that much of the available
general knowledge today is not accurate.  His research emphasizes more
accurate, documented, and proper portrayals of surveying during that
period.    He will discuss Lord Fairfax’s influence and importance to
the region.

1:30 Elissa Parish*

Ms. Parish has collected an extensive library and attended many seminars in relation to the making of 18th century children’s clothing.  She demonstrates the tape loom and lucet.  Ms. Parish will discuss the history and use of the tape loom and demonstrate its use.

3:00 Dave & Jeanne Zaladonis

Inspired by the Daniel Boone and Davy Crocket RV shows, Mr. Zaladonis took an interest in 18th century flintlock hunting beginning in the 1980s.  Currently he hunts in 18th century clothing and uses only a flintlock or smoothbore muzzleloader.  Jeanne portrays a wife who sometimes travels with the military ranger unit.  In addition to mending, laundry, cooking, and other camp shores, she enjoys playing Celtic and other old tunes on her fiddle.  Their talk will cover the life experiences of a ranger and frontiersman during the French & Indian War period (1755-1763) including the loading and firing of the flintlock muzzleloader and its use on the Frontier.
West Virginia Humanities Council

*These speakers are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.