During the fall of 1952, the small town of Woodstock, Virginia gathered to celebrate its 200th year of existence. Among the activities planned was a pageant performed by members of the local community. My father (in an Oscar-winning performance, no doubt) was Lord Fairfax, who granted the land to the town’s founder Jacob Miller. Woodstock’s original name was Muellerstadt (Miller Town).
The following link is to a PDF containing newspaper photos of the celebration, hand-written lyrics from my Dad’s copy of the pageant, 14 pages of the program’s script (with lots of interesting historical facts) , and photocopies of the backside of the first 2 newspaper clips.
For the Sports Fans Like many folks, when looking at old newspaper clippings, I always look at the flip-side to see the advertisements and other news stories that were happening at the time. At the bottom of this Bicentennial PDF are those segments of that day’s sports page. The Brooklyn Dodgers were playing the New York Yankees in the World Series. Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Pee Wee Reese, Yogi Berry, Manager Casey Stengel, Roy Campanella and many more.