Tuesday, February 18, 2020

30th Annual
Brocks Gap Heritage Day

Sat., April 18, 2020
at Broadway High School
269 Gobbler Dr., Broadway, VA 22815
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Three special programs this year:
11:00     Forest Forensics: Clues in the Woods to History, by Chris Bolgiano

12:30   An Unsung D-Day Heroes: Harrison May, 
by Joe T. May

  2:00   The Forgotten People of Rockingham County, by Rev. William Zirk

See below for more information on the speakers.

 Celebrating our roots in the Brocks Gap area of Rockingham County, VA, Heritage Day is free and open to the public. Donations accepted to purchase tombstones for our neglected family cemeteries in Brocks Gap.

150+ posters of old photos. Pat Turner Ritchie's personal library of family, local and regional histories available to use. New books for sale.

Turner Ham sandwiches and refreshments available for sale.

Sponsored by Pat Turner Ritchie. For more information, email patritchie@verizon.net

Visitors come from up to 17 different states to attend Heritage Day. Even if you don't have roots in Brocks Gap, you'll enjoy the old photo displays and the special programs. We'll make you cousin for a day!

Chris Bolgiano is a freelance nature writer who has lived for nearly 40 years on 112 forested acres in Fulks Run. She has published several books and articles on the Appalachian Forest. She will discuss forest history.

For ten years, Joe T. May has been researching details on the local men who fought in World War II. A brief announcement in the newspaper was often the only information the family received when their loved one was killed. Joe has been able to find out more about each man’s service and the circumstances surrounding his death. This year’s program centers on Harrison May. Harrison survived the D-Day landing and shared his story with Joe.

Rev. William L. “Bill” Zirk was born and grew up in Rockingham County. A retired teacher, Bill also served as a Church of the Brethren pastor in several churches in Rockingham and Shenandoah counties from 1961 until 2005. His grandfather, William A. Zirk, was superintendent of the Rockingham County Alms House from 1945 until his sudden death in 1952. His father Berlin M. Zirk, Sr., became superintendent and served until January of 1956, when his health caused him to retire. In the years of his grandfather’s tenure, his father was in charge of the farm activities. Thus Bill literally grew up in the Alms House, commonly known as the poor house. He has been researching the residents of the Alms House and was instrumental in erecting a monument in its cemetery in memory of its residents. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019



29th annual
Brocks Gap Heritage Day
Sat., April 27, 2019

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Broadway High School*
269 Gobbler Dr., Broadway, VA





This year's festival features three programs:

11:00 Ghost Stories from Fulks Run, by Ronnie W. Fulk
12:30 D-Day Heroes: Harrison May & Orville Neff
            by Joe T. May & Lois May Rhodes
  2:00 Yankeetown--the Real Story, by Mary Ann Yarsinske

Heritage Day covers the communities and families of Fulks Run, Bergton, and Criders. 

  • Over 140 photo displays of scenes and people. 
  • Other researchers will attend to gather and share information on their families and areas of research. 
  • Family, local, and regional histories available for research.
  • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society will be there with a wide selection of books for sale.
  • Turner Ham sandwiches and other lunch items can be purchased.

To reserve table space for researchers or display, 
contact Pat before April 20.

Sponsors: Garnett Turner & Pat Turner Ritchie, 540 662-1475, patritchie@verizon.net.

*New location because Fulks Run Elementary is unavailable because of renovations.
Fawley historians Howard Fawley (left)
and Paul Fawley (red shirt) have attended
nearly every Heritage Day. 
Left to right: Dennis Lee, Joe T. May,
and David F. Ritchie.
Joe May and Dave Ritchie were
speakers at the 2018 Heritage Day.
Turner Ham sandwiches and other refreshments
available for sale. Peggie Turner (left)
and Ron Turner (middle), 2018.
Researchers using Pat's personal library
of history books during the day.

Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 Heritage Day






Brocks Gap Heritage Day
April 21, 2018,       10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fulks Run Elementary School, Fulks Run, VA.  Free admission.

Special programs at this 28th annual event:
11:00  History of the Libbey House: Myths, Mysteries & More
by Robert & Barbara Liskey Driver

12:30  Jacob C. Rhodes, World War II soldier, KIA
by Joe T. May and Lois May Rhodes

  2:00  What DNA Can and Can't Tell You, and Why
by Dr. David F. Ritchie

Over 140 photo displays of Brocks Gap scenes & people.  Other researchers gathering information. Family, local, and regional histories available for research.  Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society will be there with a wide selection of books for sale.  Turner Ham sandwiches and other lunch items available for sale.
Sponsors Garnett Turner & Pat T. Ritchie
540 662-1475  patritchie@verizon.net


Here are some photos from 2017 Heritage Day:
 Reuel Tusing and Howard Fawley
 Wilton Thomas, Ellen Runion Fitzwater, Audrey Turner McLendon
 K. B. Getz
Mildred Wittig & Pat Turner Ritchie

Monday, February 20, 2017






Brocks Gap Heritage Day
April 22, 2017,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fulks Run Elementary School, Fulks Run, VA.  Free admission.

Special programs at this 27th annual event:
11:00   "Schools and Education in Brocks Gap" by Dale MacAllister        
12:30   "World War II soldier: Owen M. Getz & updates on William Crider, Paul Neffby Joe T. May
    2:00   "Traditional Mountain Toys and Games" by Peggy A. Shifflett

Over 130 photo displays of Brocks Gap scenes & people.  Other researchers gathering information. Family, local, and regional histories available for research.  Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society will be there with a wide selection of books for sale.  Turner Ham sandwiches and other lunch items available for sale.
Sponsors Garnett Turner & Pat T. Ritchie
540 662-1475  patritchie@verizon.net


Here are some photos from past Heritage Days

Steve Ritchie of Muncie, IN, researcher for Brocks Gap Rifles, & Ruth Reedy


Reedy researchers comparing notes.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The 26th Brocks Gap Heritage Day will be Sat., April 16, 2016
Fulks Run Elementary School
Fulks Run, VA

For more information, contact Pat Turner Ritchie
patritchie@verizon.net

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cemetery repairs at Mountain Grove Church Cemetery are underway.
Thanks to the generosity of many people, many stones at Mtn. Grove Cemetery at Fulks Run are being repaired. Donations have rolled in, and at Brocks Gap Heritage Day, more donations were received.

Unfortunately, there are about 87 stones which still need sponsors.  Below is a list of the names, the repairs needed, and cost, or click here to view a pdf file of the names.

Donations of any amount are welcome.  Send your donation to
Mtn. Grove Cemetery Fund
c/o Ronnie Fulk
13089 Jenny Lane
Fulks Run, VA  22830    

If you have any questions, please write me at patritchie@verizon.net
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9.       Owen & Avis Runion               granite slant           New Foundation                      $144
10.    J. Lloyd & Maude Hess           granite stone          New Foundation                     $220
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12.    Lawrence & Maude Ritchie    granite stone          New Foundation                     $55 Bal
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14.    Charles & Sarah Shoemaker   granite stone          New Foundation                     $240 Bal
15.    Vernon & Zola Bare                                                                Level Base                               $255
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18.    Kirby Reedy                             granite                      Raise & Level Flush                              $ 30
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22.    Jackson & Sally Turner                                            Level Base                               $255
23.    Jimmy T. (son of Garber)       granite                    Straighten                               $ 88
24.    F. Chester Estep                      granite                    New Foundation                     $15 Bal.
25.    Delmas Flickenger                  marble                    Level Base                               $ 60
26.    Clarence & Odessa Sherrar    granite                    New Foundation                     $255
27.    Robert & Herna Hoover          granite                    New Foundation                     $255
28.    H. Orville Hoover(son of RL & HB)                         Level Base                               $145
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32.    William & Lacy Reese            granite                    Level Base                               $180
33.    Easton & Cora Lantz               granite                    Level Base                               $190
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35.    Melvin H. Turner                     granite slant           New Foundation                     $96
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38.    Hannah & Casper Nesselrodt granite                    New Foundation                     $220
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47.     T.L. Hoover granite New Foundation                                                                     $115.00
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49.    Cindy Simmons                       marble                    Reattach to cement foundation  $ 30
50.    William & Ella Bowman         marble wing           New foundation                      $355
51.    Child of Homer Lam               granite                    Raise Flush with Ground        $ 30
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53.    Jacob Reedy                            granite                    straighten                               $ 30
54.    Mary Reedy                             granite                    straighten                               $ 30
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57.    J.S. Wine                                 marble                    New Foundation                     $115
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60.    George Eugene Roadcap(son of WC & Jana) New Foundation                             $ 40
61.    W. Edward & Henrietta Roadcap  granite             New Foundation                     $255
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63.    Eli F. Carr                                marble                    Level                                        $ 95
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65.    Erasmus & Mary Hulvey         marble                    New Foundation                     $ 85
66.    Esther Ann Wilson                  marble                    New Foundation                     $ 40
67.    Infant son of RA & JE Trumbo marble/bird           New Foundation                     $ 40
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69.    James & Sarah Mongold        marble                    New Foundation                     $135
70.    Mazie Fulk                              granite marker        New Foundation                     $115
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72.    Ginnie(close to Rafe Hess & road) 1x6 granite Raise Flush to ground                   $ 40
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79.    Funkhouser marble shaft to left of Levi & Mary  New Foundation                       $ 60
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88.    Clara M. Carr(wife of Charles)  black granite        New Foundation                       $260
89.    Infant son of KW Estep           marble footstone    straighten                               $ 30
90.    Calvin Bare                              1x6 granite              Level flush w/ground              $ 30
91.    Sarah Frances Baer                                                New Foundation                       $125
92.    Lewis Dove                              granite                    Raise                                       $ 90
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94.     Everett N. Roadcap(son of Everett & Ward) marble New Foundation                   $ 40
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96.     Trokela Ritchie marble with lamb                         Level base                               $ 15 Bal
97.     T.G. Ritchie                             granite                    New Foundation                      $160 Bal
98.     Leola Faye Ritchie(daughter of DF and Verna) marble New Foundation             $ 30
99.     Joseph & Beatrice Ritchie      granite                    New Foundation                       $ 30
100.  Vada Ritchie daughter of G.W. lamb on top marble  New Foundation                      $ 40
101.  Margaret & John Ritchie            marble shaft          New Foundation                      $130
102.  Gladys Hoover                            granite slant           New Foundation                      $115
103.  Jacob & Dora Ritchie Stroop       marble shaft           New Foundation                       $130
104.  Infant Dora Ritchie                     marble                    New Foundation                       $ 60
105.  Children of O.M. Roadcap          marble    New Foundation & epoxy on base         $ 50
106.  Abe & Laura Carr                        granite                    New Foundation                       $220
107.  Pammie Dove                             granite                    Raise marker                            $ 90
108.  Father & Mother footstones granite 1x6                   Raise                                       $ 30
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112.  Edward Runion                                                           Level                                        $ 40
113.  Marble stone to right of Ida Lam                               New Foundation                        $40
114.  William Carr               blue marble shaft                   New Foundation                      $130
115.  Louise T. Miller           pink granite                             Level                                        $115
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118.  Frances R. Trumbo                     marble                    New Foundation                      $ 40
119.  Lennie & James Fulk                   cement foundation straighten in line                     $175 Bal
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121.  Mollie R. Cooper Fawley            marble                    Reseal die to base                   $ 40
122.  C. Spencer Fawley                      granite                    New Foundation                      $145
123.  Aurila & Calvin Fawley               granite                    New Foundation                      $255
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127.  Ritchie                                         small marble stone Straighten                               $ 40
128.  Sarah Ritchie                              marble                    New foundation                        $ 40
129.  Allen J. Ritchie                            marble                    New Foundation                      $ 40
130.  Abram Reedy                              granite                    New Foundation                     $65
131.  Laura Reedy                                                marble                    New Foundation & level            $40
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134.  Nancy Phillips             granite 1x6                              Level                                        $ 30
135.  Stone right of Mary Sprinkle marble—this stone is gray granite- New foundation  $115
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138.  Reva Anna Turner(daughter of Rosa & Ward)  marble slab     Straighten               $ 40
139.  Emma Haines                granite 1x6                            lower flush w/ ground          $ 40
140.  Benjamin Reedy                         granite                    level flush w/ground              $ 30
141.  At foot of Ray & Annie Phillips  1x6                           level                                        $30
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143.  Ernest L. Carr                              granite                    New Foundation                       $115
144.  Mrs. Elijah Shoemaker               granite 1x6              Level Flush                                $ 30
145.  Mrs. Frank Southerly                  granite 1x6              Flush with Ground                  $ 30
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150.  Mary Turner(wife or daughter of Joseph)  marble    Level                                       $ 50
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153.  Carl & Elizabeth Zirkle                granite                    New Foundation                       $250
154.  Minnie & Benjamin May            granite                    Level                                        $200
155.  Otis Roadcap                              granite slant           New Foundation                        $ 95
156.  Nelson B. Roadcap(son)             marble slab             Straighten                               $40
157.  John & Minnie Turner(to left of Nelson B. Roadcap) granite  Level                         $250
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159.  Mary Turner                                marble                     New Foundation                      $ 95
160.  Josiah Turner                              marble                      Level                                      $ 95
161.  John C. Shoemaker                     granite                    New Foundation                     $170
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164.  Ellyard baby                                granite 1x6 3 stones flush with ground                   $ 90