Guide to the H.C. Getzendanner's Shannondale Springs Photograph Album, 1909

Summary Information

Title: H.C. Getzendanner's Shannondale Springs Photograph Album, 1909
Collection: AC.703
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This photograph album contains black and white photos of the Shannondale Springs, West Virginia campers of 1909 that was given to H.C. Getzendanner, owner of the resort. A few photos have inscriptions, but of places and general comments.

Creator: Getzendanner, H. C.

Biographical/Historical Note

Shannondale Springs is a former American resort associated with mineral springs on the bank of the Shenandoah River upstream from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The water from the main spring was reputed to have mild laxative qualities, while other springs had a sulfurous odor. The resort began in 1820 with the construction of 10 to 12 wood cottages, and a two-story hotel was added the next year. The hotel and some of the cottages burned in 1858. After the Civil War several new brick cottages were built and a new hotel was built on the site of the old in 1890. In 1902, the property was purchased by H.C. Getzendanner, who reopened the hotel in 1903. By 1919 Getzendanner had sold the resort to E.B. Frye for $500. In 1931 a lessor sold the waters for $1 per five-gallon bottle. The property was sold again in 1937 to Thornton T. Perry, Sr.. Much of the property was later donated to The Nature Conservancy, and in 1986 it was transferred to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

H.C. Getzendanner owned the Shannondale Springs Resort from 1902 until 1919.

Miss M. Calmes Perry, whose business card is included with the collection, could be from a family member of another owner of the resort, the Perrys, who purchased the property in the late 1930s.

Scope and Contents

This collection is a photo album, approximately 75 pictures pasted onto a black sheet album. The inside cover reads To H. C. Getzendanner from the Campers of 1909. The first 36, and 7 following, photographs picture a group of about a dozen or so men camping along the river, hiking, rock climbing, boating, fishing, swimming, making dinner, etc. Later photos are of a family, possibly Getzendanner's, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Franklin Park, Washington, D.C., the Valley of Virginia, and other rural and small town southern settings. Gertzendanner was a prominent citizen of Charlestown, West Virginia, and raised a company to serve in the Spanish-American War, and from the dress of the campers, could be inferred that this album provides a record of a unit reunion. Also, a name card reading Miss M. Calmes Perry is inside the photo album.


The album and one business card make up the collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from L & T Respess Books in 2008. Accession number AC.2010.023

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, December 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.703: Shannondale Springs, West Virginia, Photo Album to H.C. Getzendanner, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Photograph album, 1909 ACSC_Box 23, Folder 12