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Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Strasburg

Stop # 10

 
 
Historic Strasburg Marker Stop # 10 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 14, 2014
1. Historic Strasburg Marker Stop # 10
Inscription. South Holliday Street did not extend beyond the top of the hill until the river bridge was constructed in 1970. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River has always been a vital part of Strasburg. Today it is the town's main water supply. Early trappers and farmers carried their products downriver on flat bottom boats to markets along the Potomac. The Shenandoah River is one of the few rivers in the world that flow north. So, when traveling south toward Harrisonburg you are actually going “up” the valley.

In 1835, Stasburg consisted of 78 dwellings and a population of 470 people. The earliest shops and businesses were on Queen Street and Holliday Street was known as Market Street. For many years it was the parade route for Memorial Day celebrations on May 30th. Young girls in white dresses carried baskets of flowers on to the cemeteries to be strewn over veteran's graves.

Hotel Strasbug was originally built as a private hospital in 1902. It was operated by Dr. Mackall Bruin, who also made house calls on horseback. The nurses' home was next door and a three story carriage house was at the rear. Years later it became a place of lodging and dining. Many may remember the delicious meals prepared by Mrs. Murphy for the hotel patrons. In 1987 the owners restored it in the Victorian Age elegance you see today.

During
Dr. Mackall Bruin image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 14, 2014
2. Dr. Mackall Bruin
Close-up of photo on marker
the1920's, Chautauqua came to town, pitching tents diagonally across from the Hotel. For a full week there were lectures and music, even a program coaching children to perform their own play as the week's finale. Occasionally, Orlando Keister brought his rosewood melodeon, or keyboard, to the site to accompany a program.

One block away, on the southwest corner of Holliday and King Streets stood the Zea residence. The large home, stable and outbuildings were razed in 1952 to build the brick bank building and parking lot you see today. In 1856, Edward Zea and John Pinkney began their mercantile business in a log building facing King Street. The intersection of King and Holliday Streets was “Town Square”. Landowners at each corner obtained a small amount of land when officials did away with the Square. It required an Act from the General Assembly of Virginia to sell the public property, but in 1885, the portion with the town well and pump became the Zea's front yard.

Mrs. Mary Goodshell lived on the corner of Hilliday and Queen in the early 1900's. Her flock of geese often gathered on the sidewalk. Pedestrians had to cross the street for fear of being goosed!
 
Erected by Strasburg Rotary. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Location. 38° 59.264′ N,
Zea Residence image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 14, 2014
3. Zea Residence
Close-up of photo on marker
78° 21.744′ W. Marker is in Strasburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is at the intersection of South Holliday Street and East Queen Street, on the left when traveling south on South Holliday Street. Click for map. The marker is in front of Taylor House (originally the residence of Dr. Bruin). Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 South Holliday Street, Strasburg VA 22657, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Signal Knob (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Fertile Land (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (about 800 feet away); Stonewall’s Surprise (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Train Raid of 1861 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Strasburg.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
You Are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 14, 2014
4. You Are Here
Close-up of map on marker
Hotel Strasburg Sign image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 14, 2014
5. Hotel Strasburg Sign
Hotel Strasburg image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 14, 2014
6. Hotel Strasburg
Hotel Strasburg Sign image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 14, 2014
7. Hotel Strasburg Sign
at Holliday and King Streets
Hotel Strasburg Annex image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 14, 2014
8. Hotel Strasburg Annex
The plaque by the door of the annex indicates that this was the birthplace of Liberty Oil in 2000.
Birthplace of Liberty Oil<br>July 28, 2000 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 14, 2014
9. Birthplace of Liberty Oil
July 28, 2000
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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