Part Three of “History through Eugene’s eyes”:
Several of Eugene’s prints have historical significance in Winchester, VA & surrounding counties. He likes to photograph the area as well as the main subject to get a feel for the history of the spot. Quite often he will go back to the chosen site at different times of the day to record where the shadows fall, which give his paintings that unique Eugene B. Smith look. His interest in the history of our area compel him to research each site before he paints: to absorb the history of it and perhaps to impart that history through his brush into the painting.
I encourage you to see this history through Eugene’s eyes by viewing these particular prints: Glen Burnie Springhouse,Signal Knob, Piedmont Station in Delaplane VA, Poor House, Rose Hill and Full Moon(photo)
As seen by Eugene, by the light of a full moon, The Old Chapel in Millwood was built of stone in 1790 and is the oldest Episcopal church in continuous use west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The predecessor of Old Chapel was Cunningham’s Chapel, so named because of a tavern that was nearby. It was a log structure, built in 1738, which was destroyed during the Revolutionary War. Lord Fairfax worshipped here in the Old Chapel of Colonial Frederick Parish. Bishop William Meade (the third Bishop of Virginia) was raised in The Old Chapel and served as minister here for 25 years. Notables buried in the cemetery include Governor Edmund Randolph and Colonel Nathan Burwell. By 1834, the congregation had become large enough that another, bigger church was needed, and Christ Church was built in Millwood. These days Old Chapel is opened for services twice a year, at Easter and on a Sunday in September.