The Greene County Historical Society will host a
of its newly renovated Museum in the Old County Jail on
December 1st, from 3
to 6 pm.
Registration moved in March of 2005, we have been
working, adding air conditioning, new ceiling, lights,
flooring, shelving, computer software and hardware, doing
cleaning, painting and refurbishing.
Now we are anxious for the community to come and see what
the results, and what we have to offer as a place to do
family research and to enjoy the items from Greene
County’s past that are on display.
I would like to publicly
thank the many people who have donated time and money to
this renovation effort under the outstanding direction of
Board member Bill Steo. This includes very many thanks to
Ms Joann Powell, Vice President of the Society, for her
recent great generosity in donating $2,000 for our
There are some wonderful
additions to our collection.
is a beautiful walnut corner cupboard, circa 1770,
originally from the Rucker family estate in Ruckersville,
but resident at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art since
1967. How we come to have this lovely piece of Greene
County history is a story in itself.
And thanks to a tip-off
from County resident Janet Runkle, we have acquired from
a New York City auction two sets of 1860s bank notes
issued in Stanardsville. These items and more will be
part of a Discovery Trail highlighting Greene County’s
history from pre-Columbian days to the recent past, which
visitors will be able to enjoy at the museum from
We are actively seeking
volunteers to help us with a number of activities; most
importantly, to work for 2 or 3 hours at a time to keep
the doors open, initially 2 days a week, to those who
come to see our collections and research their families.
We also need volunteers
to help computerize the catalog of our collections. And
we need a computer-literate person to work with our
webmaster Harvey Ellinger to get our
up and running.
We hope to see many
members of the community at the Grand Opening, which will
take place before Stanardsville’s Parade of Lights.
For those new to the
area, the Old County Jail, now the Greene County
Historical Society Museum and Genealogy Research Center
stands to the east of the Courthouse at 38 Court Street.
If you can’t wait until then to volunteer, please call
and talk to me, President Jackie Pamenter, at 434-990-1958.