Burnt Book to Be on Display in Harrisonburg

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.--- A burnt book from the Civil War era will soon be on display at the Hardesty-Higgins House

Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Clerk of Circuit Court Chaz Evans-Haywood said this is one of the remaining burnt books staff found at the courthouse several years ago.

According to Evans-Haywood, the bond book survived the 1864 burning. This is the second burnt book on display and one of the few left from the Civil War, which was nearly 150 years ago.

"It is just a fantastic time to make those available to the public because it tells the story. You don't just hear about it, you actually get to see it, you can smell it. It is just fantastic," said Evans-Haywood.

Haywood reached a one-year loan agreement with the city to display the book. The agreement will cover everything from security to climate.

It will be at the Valley Turnpike museum starting next week.


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