Boost Your Personal Enjoyment of Bluemont with this
Carefully Researched, Easy, Entertaining Reference
From Snickersville to Bluemont: The Biography and History
of a Village
by Jean Herron Smith, Evelyn Porterfield Johnson, and Robert Hoffman
This book is for sale by Friends of Bluemont through special arrangement
with the Bluemont Citizens Association.
Order from: Susan Freis Falknor, 540-554-2964; firstname.lastname@example.org
The work of many hands and several generations, this book in its
2003 edition is simply the best reference work available on the
Western Loudoun village of Bluemont. It is useful for historical
and genealogical questions. It is a handbook for visitors and
settlers, deepening the enjoyment of anyone who has roots in Bluemont
or is just getting fond of the area. It contains:
- Snickersville, the Biography of a Village -
This section is basically the detailed history compiled by Jean
Smith for the first edition of this book. One part provides
genealogy information on the old families of the village and
another identifies reference sources.
- Thomas Osburn's Account of Bluemont in
the 1850s, published in 1923 by the Loudoun Times. Includes
list of villagers who entered the Confederate Service, from
Snickersville, and the Command to which they belonged."
- Dr. Plaster's Account, providing history of
Snickersville/Bluemont from 1769 to 1900, with emphasis on the
colorful character of the village in the late 1800s.
- A Letter from Jennie Purcell Carrothers, written
by the grandmother of longtime Bluemonter Linda Corley, which
relates "a young girl's experiences during the war between
the states." Scanned handwritten letter.
- On Every Height There Lies Repose, a promotional
and informational brochure about the Blue Ridge, published about
1900 by the Southern Railway. Scanned brochure.
- Interviews with Bluemonters: Earl Iden (1978 - by
Sharon Fleming), Martin Mitchell (2000), Sonny and Betty Colbert
(2003), Bud and Judy Anderson (2003) (the latter three by Evelyn
- A section dubbed "Life in Bluemont" contains
key dates and photos of the Railroad in Bluemont; the Post Office,
and the retail stores.
- The "Picture Album" includes a 1919 Bluemont
telephone book, advertisements, and much, much more.
"The tidal variation of village life is fascinating
for those who take the time to explore. From conscription
of soldiers for the Revolutionary War, to active involvement
in the Civil War to its rise as a comparatively major commercial
and resort area, Bluemont grew. It had many merchants, hotels,
and an ornate train depot. However, beginning with the Depression,
Bluemont became disconnected and declined. Train service stopped
and stores became vacant. The rise of the automobile and the
decline of farming each made their contributions. Now better
roads and greater urban housing pressures are pushing Bluemont
back up the slope. We do not know what the next 300 years
will hold, but an understanding of the last 300 is essential
to help us plan and persevere." [from book jacket.
From Snickersville to Bluemont: The Biography and
History of a Village
by Jean Herron Smith, Evelyn Porterfield Johnson, and Robert
Copyright 2003 by the Bluemont Citizens' Association, all
Cover Art, "The Village of Bluemont," by Clyde
Beck, drawn for the first Bluemont Fair in 1970
Typography and design by Robert Hoffman
Published in Bluemont, Virginina
First Edition of Snickersville, The Biography of a Village
Copyright 1970 by Jean Herron Smith
Printed by The Miamisburg News, Miamisburg, Ohio
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 75-137820
Second Edition of Snickersville, The Biography of a Village
Copyright 2000 by Robert Hoffmann