The Bland County Historical Society is located in
the "old jail building" on the courthouse square. Volunteers are at the jail each
Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for research and shopping, and on other
days by appointment. Phone (276) 688-0088
The Bland County
Historical Society Office is open every Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.
And as always we will continue to fill orders for books and
accessories and answer questions submitted by email or by phone.
Should you wish to ask us to investigate some genealogical or
historical questions about Bland County, please send an email
message to email@example.com
The Bland County Historical Society is pleased to announce
that the high school yearbooks from
Bland County High Schools are now available for viewing online.
(The pages are still being tested, please
us if you find any errors)
The Bland County Historical Society
Quarterly Meeting was held on Saturday March 11th, 2017 at the
Bland Library. Bobby Litton spoke on "The Big Four". A larger than
usual crowd joined us to learn more about an event from Bland County
history. A roadside marker in front of Eagle Oak on US52, as well as
in the "History of Bland County" mentions the part that Captain
Samuel Newberry played as one of the Big Four legislators who
brought change to Virginia Government in the Reconstruction Era
following the Civil War. Mr. Litton brought in a copy of the
painting titled "The Big Four" which still hangs in the Capitol in
Richmond. Despite the importance of the event, Mr. Litton said he
was very surprised at how little detailed information could be found
despite his widespread search which besides the usual historical
search, included talking to family members and historical societies
from the other Big Four. Mr. Litton did bring in a number of
articles citing the events before the walk-out of The Big Four and
the consequences of their action.
His research was very interesting from several perspectives
including the importance of maintaining historical records for the
several tongue-in-cheek looks at why genealogy research can be difficult at times.