Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains an account book used by Virginia Valley Mills from 1866-1886. Articles from the local newspaper are pasted on two-thirds of the pages, creating a scrapbook that recorded local events, as well as a wealth of genealogical information, from the early 20th Century to around 1940.
(1 box) Last updated 01/11.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Virginia Valley Mills was owned by James Swartz and his wife Mariah, and was operated by their son Newton until 1886 when the business was sold to Festus Hahn. Newton Swartz was married to Rebecca Barr and they had four children together.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Johnston, Wilbur S., Weaving a Common Thread, A History of the Woolen Industry in the Top of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, Winchester, VA, 1990, and notes taken from the collection.
CITE AS: Virginia Valley Mills Records #1703,Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.
Account Book/Scrapbook – unnumbered leaves, manuscript (account book, 1866 - 1886), and printed (scrapbook, news articles, early 20th century).