This is the second in a series based on my great-aunt Velma Davis Woodring’s scrapbook that she kept during her freshman year at Harrisonburg Teachers College (now James Madison University). Click HERE to read the first one.
Probably the most recognizable physical feature of the Shenandoah Valley is Massanutten Mountain. My mother used to say it looks like an elephant’s head and trunk. I think so too. Can you see it?
Velma tells about a hike up the Massanutten one Saturday in October 1924. She and her classmates were accompanied by the young college president, Samuel Duke.
Here is a transcription of her report along with the photos she took to remember that day. (I had to guess what Velma wrote in some places where the white ink has faded. Impressions in the paper helped.)
One Saturday about 250 girls went to the station at H.T.C. and went to the foot of the Massanutten Peak on the train. Here we all got off and started on our way up the mountain. About every five minutes, when climbing the mountain, we would stop and rest. We got to the top about one thirty. We stopped and ate our lunch and walked over to the peak as we wanted to.
|Velma on the right.|
|She is not identified anywhere in the|
scrapbook except in one photo
Oh how I wish Velma had revealed how they amused themselves.