Historic Speakers Series opens with talk on forgotten local roads
David Bullock will speak on “Forgotten 18th Century Roads: Shepherdstown and the Philadelphia Wagon Road” at 7 p.m. on Mar. 8 in the auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education located on King Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Dave Bullock attended Shepherdstown Middle School, Jefferson High School and Shepherd College. His family has lived in the area since 1857. He had an abiding interest in history and has spent considerable time studying maps and other documents to learn about lost local roads that once shaped the history of the area. His talk will focus on the Philadel-phia Wagon Road, which was central to Shepherds-town’s prosperity in the town’s early days. The Philadelphia Wagon Road started in Philadelphia and ended in Georgia. It has been given credit for much of the settlement of the backcountry of the South. Originally, the Wagon Road was a trail used by Native Americans called the Warrior Trail.
The Speakers Series schedule for the rest of the year will feature three additional programs. On May 24, textile historian and quilt expert Fawn Valentine will present a two-part event. First, from 1 to 3 p.m., she will provide “readings” of historic quilts. Local quilt owners will be invited to bring their quilts to learn more about designs, motifs, patterns and cultural influences (not financial appraisals). Preregistration will be required. Second, on the evening of May 24, Fawn Valentine will give a talk on quilts and quilt makers. On Aug. 30, at the Historic Shepherdstown Annual Meeting, Shepherd University History Professor and Director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War Dr. Jim Broomall will speak on “The Brother’s War: The Civil War Experiences of Virginia and West Virginia Soldiers.” On Nov. 8, Doug Perks will present old and new images of local people and buildings, highlighting the changes over time.
All of the talks will take place at the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education at 7 p.m. The Quilt Reading will be at the Entler Building.
For further information, contact Teresa McLaughlin, 304-876-0910 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday or e-mail info@historic shepherdstown.com.