1 album, 12 x 17 inches, 40 pages, 130 photographs, mixed ephemera
While the identities of the women (Lizzie, Elsa, and “Ma”) who took the trip remain a mystery, the Library’s research and in-person interviews have established the identities of the children whose candid photos are included in the album. Of the three children pictured, only one, James Massie (in the dark-colored sweater), is living, predeceased by his sister Jacqueline Miller Massie and brother Wayde Hampton III. Massie, age five in 1935, continues to reside in Rappahannock County, about two miles from where the pictures were taken, and fondly remembers the days when his mother, Ada Mae Massie, opened her home, Hampden Hall (hitherto a thriving 150-acre apple farm) as a kind of hotel or bed-and-breakfast for wealthy Northern auto tourists, among whom were the creators of the “Through Virginia” scrapbook. Massie recalls the tourists who stayed at Hampden Hall as friendly, affluent, and frequent, almost always phoning for reservations and as often as not returning for multiple visits, enticed by one dollar fried chicken and country ham dinners. The scrapbook includes photos of the house’s distinctive and somewhat incongruous neoclassical design, candid shots of Ada Mae Massie and guests, the servants Louise Jackson and Charlotte Tobin stiffly posed on the front steps, and the Massie children heaped together on a single tricycle.
Arrangement and access:
All items, including original photos, travel brochures, postcards, and promotional materials, are pasted or otherwise fastened into a 26-page prefabricated album. Almost all brochures have been fastened to allow for foldout and examination. Though not an official part of the collection, contemporary photos of Hampden Hall and James Massie are kept in the collection’s corresponding file and can be made available to researchers.
Related resources and collections:
Untitled article about Hampden Hall in Fine Homebuilding (January 1995, No. 92)