In 1857 German artist Edward Beyer traveled throughout the Old Dominion. His paintings were published in 1858 as the Album of Virginia: Illustrations of the Old Dominion. We have included a selection of plates, showing sites in Augusta county, the Shenandoah Valley, and Harper’s Ferry.
During the 1850s, David Strother, otherwise known as Porte-Crayon, an illustrator for Harper's Weekly, traveled throughout the Shenandoah Valley. He described his journey in Virginia illustrated: containing a visit to the Virginian Canaan, and the adventures of Porte Crayon and his cousins. Strother’s drawings are very much in the “local color” vein, but they are still interesting representations.
A selection of mid-1800s quilts from an exhibition held at the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum during the spring of 1995.
Photographs taken after Confederates burned the town of Chambersburg. On July 30, 1864, Confederate cavalry, under the command of General John McCausland and orders from General Jubal Early, burned Chambersburg after the townspeople refused to pay a ransom of $500,000 in currency, or $100,000 in specie.