Monday, November 19, 2012

A History of Woodstock -- PowerPoint

Dear Readers:

It may be bad form to publish incomplete research; but then again, I'm not a historian, so I'm not concerned about loss of credibility with my (non-existent) historian peers. I'm acting on the (perhaps tenuous) assumption that there are others in my neighborhood who are as interested in its history as I am. I'm also looking to put this research to work, to draw the attention of people who actually know what they are talking about.

This Power Point is a presentation of most of my research to date. It presents the history of Woodstock from 1833 to the present as told by property deeds, and the first few personal interviews I've been able to arrange. I do hope to expand this presentation in the coming months and years, so check back periodically.

I've moved the slide show over to Google Slides, so you can view it here.

When the presentation opens in a new window, click "present" in the top right corner to start the slide show.


  1. This research is brilliant and informative. I am able to access your .ppt does open easily, even on my cell phone. I bought my son a metal detector for Christmas, and we have been using it around the yard. Well, we found, among other interesting things, a bullet casing, and that got me to thinking about the history of this area thus sending us to your research. We live just on the other side of the borrow pit on Westerly trail in Lakeville Estates. I am born and raised in Virginia Beach, so the history makes me smile and reflect on just what was happening in our area. I drove down Woodstock road today and tries to envision the history you describe. Very interesting, indeed. We are thinking about taking the metal detector up to Woodstock Park to see what history we find. I have always wondered why the soil is so soft and why it is quite so buggy. Wonderful information, thank you.

    1. Greg! Thanks for the comment. Your neighborhood has some Civil War history, as Sunnyside served as a base of operation for Union forces in the area (much to the chagrin of the Herbert family, to be sure). Of course, hunting was a common thing in these neighborhoods right up until the 1950's (when residential development really kicked in) so that bullet casing probably had some deer's name on it.

    2. Nice Job! Very interesting history. Thanks for sharing and all your hard work.

  2. Hi, I looked at your presentation. Now I can say a few words about it. The presentation is good and interesting. But there is something that I did not like, namely slides where a lot of text. The presentation should not be a lot of text, it diminishes the interest in the presentation. And background presentation - a terrible, just white. I advise you to use the templates, I use Try to change the background and to remove unnecessary text, and it will be a great job.