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World War II Soldiers Remembered: Richard Linwood Trice

10 Oct
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August 6, 1921–October 22, 1998

Richard Linwood Trice was born at Hadensville, Goochland County, Virginia, on August 6, 1921. After attending Virginia Tech, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and qualified for flight school. After completing his training as a navigator, he was stationed at Bury St. Edmunds, England with the 8th Air Force, 94th Bomb Group. He served on a B-17 Flying Fortress, for a number of missions over Germany. In 1944 near Stuttgart, the plane lost an engine due to enemy fire. Unable to return to England and close to the Swiss border, the crew made an emergency landing at Zurich. Crews who landed in Switzerland ended up spending the remainder of the war in internment camps there. After interrogation and quarantine, Linwood, with other American officers, was interned in Davos-Platz, then, as now, a famous ski resort. There he stayed at the luxury Post Hotel and learned to ski, earning a “silver ski” medal of accomplishment. When he was discharged from active duty in 1945, he held the rank of Second Lieutenant.

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Trice in Switzerland

Early photography

16 May

In the collection of the Goochland County Historical Society are several types of early photographic techniques. Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes all appeared in the mid 1800s. Daguerreotypes were first on the scene, beginning around 1839. They were made on a shiny, silver plated copper surface and had to be viewed from an angle for the best image. The surface is very delicate and they are usually sealed under glass.

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Daguerreotype of unknown child

Ambrotypes came along in the 1850s. It is an image made on a glass plate and is also quite delicate. They were usually sealed in a case and had a glass protective layer over the image. The prints were often tinted to add color.

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Ambrotype of unknown woman

Tintypes were the last on the scene and appeared in the 1850s buy enjoyed their peak of popularity in the 1860s and 1870s. The images were made on thin sheets of metal that were coated with a photographic emulsion. They were quite durable and didn’t need elaborate cases to protect them.

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Tintype of an unknown soldier

Since the tintype was so inexpensive and relatively easy to make, traveling photographers would load up their wagons and travel the countryside setting up their tents to bring photography to everyone.

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Photographers tent in front of George Bowles’ house, Shannon Hill

The photographs range from excellent to barely in focus. Sometimes the edges of the curtains or backgrounds could be viewed around the subjects. One wonders if they were given out at a reduced price?

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Sky and trees are clearly visible in the upper left corner as is the structure of the tent. 

All of the pictures shown on this page were donated to the society, unfortunately there are no names with them. One picture has “Mr. W. H. Bowles, Tabscott” scratched into the back of it, the only clue as to who the family might be. According to the 1870 census, there was a Walter H. Bowles living in Tabscott which hopefully puts the house and pictures in Goochland. Either way, the pictures are enjoyable and teach us a lesson about early techniques.

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Tintype, back of photograph has Mr W H Bowles, Tabscott scrated into the back.

*Update. The house with the photographers tent has been identified at the home of George Bowles, the father of Walter Bowles.

Old Cemeteries

20 Dec
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Mrs. Jno. Abbott – Alvis-Richmond Cemetery – Crozier

Old cemeteries are truly outdoor museums. They are full of history and monuments to people from another time. Each cemetery, large or small, has a story to tell. The markers themselves are works of art, whether just a rock or carved stone, from obelisks to statues of angels, they take on many shapes. Some cemetery markers in Goochland date back to the eighteenth century. They should be treated with care and respect as should be the ground they stand on.

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Leake Obelisk – Rocky Spring-Leake Cemetery – Across from Leake’s Mill Park

In some cases, they are the only physical reminder of a person and therefore are extremely important link to a family. To genealogists, they are a connections to the past that may exist nowhere else. Small family cemeteries have a troubling habit of disappearing as land becomes more valuable. The Goochland County Historical Society is trying to document as many of these as we can and we need your help. If you have a cemetery on your land, please let us know about it so that we can photograph and document everyone in it. Call us (804-556-3966) or email us ( and we can check our large database to ensure that those who are gone will never be forgotten.

Cider Week 2018

9 Nov

November 9-18, 2018


From colonial times until the early 20th century it was common for almost every homestead to have an orchard, with apples as the primary crop. While owners may have munched them, their essential purpose was for cider. The popularity of cider is not a new trend; its roots go deeper than almost any other alcoholic drink. In the 1600s, Virginia’s early settlers brought their cider-making traditions with them from England. Cider met their immediate needs. It was cheap and easy to produce; once established, apple trees were fairly easy to grow; and it was much safer than drinking water from rivers, streams, or shallow wells.

Although the cider during the 1700s contained about 6 percent alcohol, it would not have been unusual for the founding fathers to have downed a tankard for breakfast. When William Henry Harrison ran for president in 1840, cider had so many pleasant associations with people’s lives that he made it part of his campaign, passing it out at his political rallies. When yesteryear’s youth began abandoning farm life in the late 1800s, cider’s popularity also waned, until by the 1920s, helped along by the Temperance movement and Prohibition, it had all but disappeared. While cider is seeing a revival today, the amount produced does not come close to the amount produced in the late 1800s before it began its decline.

Virginia is the sixth-largest apple producing state by acreage in the United States and cider is a rich part of the Commonwealth’s heritage, so it seems only natural that cider would make a comeback. Today’s cider producers—there are more than 20 cideries across the Commonwealth–make a variety of different styles, ranging from dry to sweet, still to sparkling, simple to complex. Goochland’s own Courthouse Creek Cider (1581 Maidens Road, grows heirloom American, English, and French cider apple trees and with minimum intervention, produces a variety of ciders, ranging from Rustico and Black Twig to Blackberry Lavender and Honest Farmer. You might want to celebrate Virginia Cider Week with a visit to Courthouse Creek Cider and lift your glass to celebrate cider’s rich history and our cider-drinking forefathers.

World War I Soldiers Remembered: Ashby Porcher Wickham

21 Sep

Ashby Wickham galleryAshby Porcher Wickham was born on December 5, 1899. His father was Thomas Ashby Wickham and his mother was Julia Wickham Porcher. He was a 17 year old farmer when he enlisted on May 19, 1917. According to his Registration Card, we know he was of medium build with brown eyes and brown hair.

He was assigned to the Training Camp in Newport, Rhode Island first but soon transferred to City Park Barracks in Brooklyn, New York, The U.S.S. Kanawha and then to St. Helena Training Station in Norfolk, Virginia. In September of 1917, he embarked for Europe. He served in the Navy and was witness to several events, most notably the sinking of the Tuscania. In his Military Service Record, he says that his ship was beside the Tuscania when it was torpedoed on February 5, 1918. The Tuscania had been a luxury liner that was converted to a troop ship. It was carrying U.S. troops to war, 210 of which were lost in the sinking.

He mustered out of service in Norfolk on April 6, 1919 and returned to farming. He wrote on his Record that he was “studying at present at a business college in Richmond. He eventually traveled to Ireland where he married Edith Catherine Orr and in 1936 they returned to America. He passed away on September 8, 1980 in Kilmarnock and was buried at sea.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at

World War I Soldiers Remembered: Richard Newton Thomas

14 Sep

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Richard Newton Thomas was born December 8, 1893 in Goochland to Joseph Thomas and Mary Waddy. He was a 25 year old farmer when he was drafted. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, of medium height and had brown eyes.

He was inducted into service on November 1, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to Veterinary Hospital #3. He left Newport News, Virginia on May 14, 1918 aboard the “Old Dominion” and arrived at Brest, France on June 2, 1918. He moved quickly around France, transferred from Brest to Vallahosu , Tours and Verdon. According to his war record, we know he was not engaged in battle during his time in Europe. He did list that he contracted influenza while in France and was sick for two weeks.

He arrived back at Newport News in June of 1919 and was officially discharged. About his service, he wrote “Have been enlightened in many ways.”

After the war, he returned to farming in Hylas and then disappears from the record. Repeated attempts to find some records have led to nothing. If you can provide any information on Richard Newton Thomas, please contact the Goochland Historical Society.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at

World War I Soldiers Remembered: James Walker Seay

7 Sep

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James Walker Seay was born August 31, 1894 in Elk Hill, Virginia. His parents were James W. and Lucie J. Seay. He was a 23 year old saw mill hand when he was drafted on September 19, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had blue eyes and brown hair.

He was inducted into service on September 21, 1917 at Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to Co. C. Like the front lines of battle, Camp Lee too saw death in its ranks. The Spanish Flu caused a major impact in 1918. It appeared in January 1918 and raged throughout the year. Unfortunately, James Walker Seay would be one of the early victims of this deadly disease. He passed away at 10:00 am on January 30, 1918, 4 days after being diagnosed with influenza. He was 23 years old.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at