Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s 2024 Lecture Series: “The Catoctin Farmers’ Journals”

Presented by Eugene Scheel

Sunday, April 14, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.

St. James United Church of Christ,
10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville VA

On Sunday, April 14, the Lovettsville Historical Society will present historian Eugene Scheel, speaking on his latest book, The Catoctin Farmers’ Journals, volume one, 1868-1920.

The book covers the half-century after the Civil War when Loudoun County, was Virginia’s agricultural leader, with heavy plantings of corn and wheat. The more-than-300-page work, profusely illustrated, is heavily drawn from the detailed minutes of the Catoctin Farmers’ Club, Virginia’s oldest ongoing agricultural organization.

Included are vignettes from laborer’s songs from slave times; 1870s reminiscences from an oldest living Loudouner, 104-year-old Allin Tibbs, an African-American farm laborer; stories of the 1889 ‘Johnstown Flood;’ the years of farming parity in the early 1900s; the World War I farm scene; and the bootlegging years that followed.

The presentation will be held at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, in Lovettsville. The program will be followed, as is customary, by questions and discussion.

The program will not be live-streamed, but a video recording of the event will be posted on the Lovettsville Historical Society website.

Admission is free, but donations and are welcome to defray expenses of the program and to support the activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.

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