National Geographic : 1949 Jul
Appalachian Valley Pilgrimage A Cabinetmaker Creates a Chippendale Reproduction at Harrisonburg, Virginia Wakefield, George Washington's reconstructed birthplace, is partly furnished with Virginia Craftsmen's reproductions of antiques. The business, started in 1927, employs about 40 men. James Metts, who sands the chair, has worked here 19 years. in 1944. I watched machines core apples, strip off their red and yellow coats, and pass them on to be cooked and strained. The whole process from apples to applesauce takes six minutes! "On a peak day," a company official said, "we convert some 4,000 bushels of apples into strained applesauce for babies." Driving along King Street, I paused oppo site an innocent-looking little gray frame house. Here abolitionist John Brown and his men met before the raid on Harpers Ferry. Stocks Sold on the Street Mountain-girt Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, has a fresh-scrubbed, clean-swept look about it. Driving down its incredibly wide Main Street, I noticed that even the parking meters lining the wide sidewalks sparkled under the shining sun. A visitor to the town may be startled to hear the chant of an auctioneer and see a crowd around him on the sidewalk. No ordi nary auction, this is Waynesboro's custom of making literal use of the term "curb ex change," by selling stocks in its industries and banks at public auction on the street. South of Waynesboro, where Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon drew the line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, the Great Valley takes its local name from the city of Hagers town, seat of Washington County. Third largest city in Maryland, according to the Census Bureau, Hagerstown lies at the crossroads of the north-south Valley Pike and the old National Road (U. S. 40) linking east and west.* * See "A Maryland Pilgrimage," by Gilbert Grosve nor, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, February, 1927.