The Callahan Photo Collection

This is a group of photographs taken about 1896-1905 by Griffin Callahan of old and historic sites located all around the Eastern Shore of Virginia. All are in black and white and were scanned into a computer by the Library of Virginia. These photos were donated to us by Doran S. Callahan for which we are truly grateful.

There may be some fond memories here and just might invoke some ancestral interest. These photos will reveal much about the lifestyle and culture of the Eastern Shore inhabitants of one or two centuries ago. Many of these old buildings are still standing and are in daily use after being lovingly restored to their original architectural splendor by succeeding generations. You are encouraged to let your imagination put yourself in the center of this scenery and to relive the moments enjoyed by our ancestors.

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The Folly - located on Folly Creek about 2 miles from Drummondtown. The Folly
An interior view of the Upsher home, Brownsville room006
Another interior view of Brownsville Room007
Leah Ashby Callahan as she appeared in 1905. Leah Ashby Callahan
Smith's Island lighthouse at the north end of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay Smith Island Lighthouse
Caserta (Gazerta) on Mattawaman Creek near Eastville Caserta
Christ Church near Eastville Christ Church
The Corbin Place on Chincoteague Bay near Horntown. Corbin Place
The old courthouse in Eastvile, Northampton County Old Court House
The present day (1900) courthouse of Northampton County New Court House
Franconia, the home of J. W. H. Parker on Onancock Creek Franconia
Franconia (rear view) Franconia (Rear)
Hungar's Episcopal Church of Northampton County, Va. Hungar's Church
Oldest Prison in U.S. Located Northampton County,Va. Oldest Prison
Kerr Place at Onancock , Va. Ker Place
Luke Luker's, Revel's Mill near Pungoteague, Va. Old Mill
John H. Melvin's home near Horntown, Va. Built 1775 Melvin Place
An ox cart. A typical Eastern Shore vehicle of 1890. Ox Cart
Hotel in Pungoteague. Housed the first play ever performed in the colonies. Hotel
The Wallop (alias Waddelow) House on Mosquito Creek near Chincoteague Bay Wallop Place
Wallop's mill near Wattsville in N. Accomack County Wallop's Mill
Grapeland, the home of the Addison Family (rear view) Addison Place
Steamboat coming in to Onancock, Va. Steamboat
"Marriage Oak" located near Md./Va. boundary. Used by Va. couples who wished to avoid Va. marriage laws. Md. preacher lived nearby. Marriage Oak