I had the privilege of doing some relic hunting, by invitation of the property owner, on a very historic farm property here in the Shenandoah Valley recently. The owner joined us for the quick hunt.
The farm has been in the same family for 5 generations and dates to the early 1800's. There are old slave
quarters present, a beautiful federal style brick home (circa 1830) and Phil
Sheridan paid a visit during his "Burning" raid
of 1864; taking time to torch the bank barn. There's also an old mill site and raceway
on the property and several Confederate soldier diaries make mention of
visiting the property during the WBTS and the hospitality of the owners. A number of Indian artifacts have
been found at this location over the years as well.
The patriarch of the family served in the Stonewall Brigade and, according to family history, was assigned the duty of purchasing horses for Jeb Stuart's cavalry by Stonewall Jackson himself. This first trip was just a short scouting excursion, but the property shows some promise indicated by the fact I quickly recovered two early 19th century flat buttons near the slave quarters. We plan to return soon.