The Resource John L. Heatwole collection

John L. Heatwole collection

John L. Heatwole collection, 1802-1901
John L. Heatwole collection
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  • The John L. Heatwole Collection, 1802-1901, consists of three folders containing 102 items pertaining to Shenandoah Valley history. The collection is arranged into three series: General Valley Documents, Page County Documents, and Recipes
  • Series I, General Valley Documents, 1802-1901, includes arrest warrants, summonses, orders for the seizure of goods for non-payment of debt, legal receipts, tax receipts, and business letterheads. Individual items are chronologically arranged and described to the item level as per the donor's explanatory notes. Documents related to the Zigler Family of Timberville have been placed at the front of the folder and consist of five receipts of muster fines and orders granting private entertainment to John or David Zigler, 1828-1850
  • Series II, Page County Documents, 1854-1879, contains various court documents summonses, treasury receipts, handwritten receipts, and orders for the seizure of goods for non-payment of debt. Individual items are arranged chronologically
  • Series III, Recipes, consists of two handwritten and two printed recipes for herbal cures and a recipe for making gunpowder. One recipe, printed in Pennsylvania Dutch or a variation of German, gives steps for curing a "mad dog bite" (i.e. rabies). A second recipe, also written in Pennsylvania Dutch, describes an incantation against sties. For complete translations see John L. Heatwole's Shenandoah Voices: Folklore, Legends and Traditions of the Valley (Berryville, Va.: Rockbridge Publishing Company, 1995), 47, 57-59
Biographical or historical data
Born in Washington D.C., John L. Heatwole (1948-2006) was an artist, woodcarver, tour guide, local historian and folklorist. A long-time Dayton resident, Heatwole authored several books relating to superstitions, folkways, and the Civil War. Heatwole was dedicated to preserving Shenandoah Valley history, historic sites and battlefields, and folklore as is reflected in this collection of materials.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
See Collection no. 2075 for Heatwole's personal papers.
John L. Heatwole collection
Series I. General Valley Documents; Series II. Page County Documents. Filed in chronological order; Series III. Recipes.
Control code
Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid.
3 folders, .21 linear feet.
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
Immediate source of acquisition
Donated to Carrier Library by John L. Heatwole of Bridgewater, Va. on several occasions beginning in December 1987.
The collector's theme was to acquire documents that held some relationship to Shenandaoh Valley history, either by virtue of the people, places, or events mentioned.

Library Locations

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