Bispham House introduction
A noteworthy part of this illustrated document is about the first family to own the Bispham House, ca. 1856, in Warrenton, Virginia. Soon after the house was built, the Civil War began. Because the town was at an important crossroads and rail branch line terminus, it became an army supply depot. Consequently, the two sides changed occupation 67 times.
The first family’s experiences and neighbors add to understanding the times in a small Southern town. Included are interesting events and images of early scenes in Warrenton.
Two thirds of the document is the Scrapbook section where images bring to life local events and people that tell about Warrenton through the years: General McClellan's farewell to his troops; distinguished people; visits by Presidents, the Great Chief Justice John Marshall, Lafayette, John Singleton Mosby plus others.
Surprising artwork amplifies the local story by renowned Richard Norris Brooke, three creative murals by Stewart Burgess White and three paintings of Mosby’s Berryville Raid.