Taken in the late 1890s, this photo shows the Bernard and Ruby Bolen homestead near Sperryville, in what is now Shenandoah National Park. Family members are (from left) Benton “Babe” Bolen, unknown and unknown, John Henry Bolen, Mary Frances Cornell Bowen, Laura Bolen Armentrout, John Bernard Bolen, Albert Bolen and, in front, his son, John. Photo courtesy of Rappahannock Historical Society — which, with Piedmont Environmental Council, is co-sponsoring a “Mountain Heritage” open house April 11 at Thornton Gap Primitive Baptist Church in Sperryville. Along with music and audio-video displays, members of the Dwyer, Bolen, Bowen, Pullen, Rutherford, Johnson, Hawkins, Atkins, Burke, Dodson, Gaunt, Baldwin and other families whose forebears lived in what is now the park will be on hand to talk, show pictures and more. For more information, visit pecva.org/events.
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