Woodstock, Virginia

Woodstock, Va. BiCentinual Celebration

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.

Woodstock, Va Bi-Centinual Program

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.

2 thoughts on “Woodstock, Va. BiCentinual Celebration”

  1. Robin, This is awesome!!!! I love reading the old history of the valley. I have some of Fred Painter’s books and one written by Rev. Clower. I also have an original copy of the Shen. Herald from that week. The front page has a picture of Christine in her gown and wearing her crown. If what I heard is true, the girls school mentioned was the house right beside of the one I lived in and supposedly our house was used for dorm rooms. Of course I’ve also heard contradictory tales of that also. I sincerely hope that you are going to put all of these new stories, including this in a new book. I look forward to seeing your stories continue. Linda Miller
    On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 6:17 PM, Robin’s Stories wrote:
    > Robin posted: “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 doub” >

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