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This is one of the Adams farms in 1979.

I purchased the property consisting of 38 acres on the right side of the road in 2005 and built our dream home. In 2010 I was able to purchased the adjoining 5.6 acres which included the barns on the right side of the road in this picture. We are slowly building our modern farmstead where others before us tilled the land just as we will. This picture show the history of my farm before my chapter had yet to begin.

—Sean Rittinger
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The house and farm building site are located on 223 acres of land in Shenandoah County. The farm has a very diverse topography, including crop and hay land, pasture, forests and three major streams. The house and barn on the property are architecturally unique. The nine-room two and one-half story house (c. 1790, 1840 & 1858) is a combination of Greek revival and Italianate designs with early and late Victorian period overtones. The barn (c. 1880) is a Swiss-German style bank barn with five bents, two thrashing floors, a hay loft and a grain storage area.

Four generations of Funkhousers owned the farm for 136 years – from 1833 to 1970. The Funkhousers were among the earliest European settlers arriving in the lower Shenandoah Valley with the first, Johannes Funkhouser and his wife, Mary, arriving in about 1740. During May 1-24, 1862, Union General Nathaniel Banks used the house as his headquarters until General Stonewall Jackson’s advance forced him to retreat to Winchester and then to Williamsport.

—David J. Garms
 
 

This 160 acre farm located 1.25 miles west of Renville was farmed by the families of Peter B. Olson, Fred I. Olson, and Fred H. Olson. None of the original buildings remain. A new home and garage was erected in 1968, and the site is now owned by Chad Bryan who grew up one mile north of here. The land is still owned and operated by the children of Fred H. Olson (Paul Olson, William Olson, and Julie Bonnema

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This picture brings back a lot of memories as I was raised here in the 1950's. Grandma and Grandpa built a new house behind the big house up the hill in 1949. We moved in 1951 to take over the farm. I did all the milking morning and night for years. In the picture I can still see the path worn up the hill to Grandma's where I took a gallon of milk each evening. Grandpa would bring the pail down each morning and put it in the milkhouse. I was so glad to get this picture since the big house burned in 1979. Things are so different now than they were then.
At that time all our close neighbors were relatives. Most are all passed on and the farms have been sold.

—John Brown
 
 

We just received our old aerial photos, love them both!!! We were surprised at how fast we got them! We will definately tell others about the website. Plan on hanging them today, one on each side of this years aerial photo I purchased for my husband for Christmas. My inlaws built our house in 1972, so they were still living in the house in the 1982 photo, and we purchased the home from them in 1989, so we were living here in the 1991 photo. We have enjoyed seeing the differences from old photos to this years photo. My husband is very excited for his parents to return from Arizona, where they are wintering, so he can show them all three of the photos! I think your website and purchasing process was very easy, (once I got highspeed internet). Thank you so much, keep up the good work!

—John and Sherri
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This photo is a gift for my mother. This is where she grew up. As Paul and I were searching through all the photographs of the surrounding area, my childhood was coming back to me. Driving through the hills and valleys to get to Grandma's house with mom & dad. Then all of a sudden, " THERE IT WAS ". I got chills when I saw it. I was remembering all of the times I spent the night in that house, and playing around the farm with the other kids. Grandma would always get up very early to do the chores, and when she got us up, there would be the best home cooked breakfast you could ever eat. The flapjacks, the homemade bread, the sausage and bacon that came from the hog they butchered, and the real butter that grandma churned herself. I really miss those times in my life, but I will always have the memories. Thanks to Paul and Vintage Aerial, I can look at this photo for years to come and enjoy all the great memories that go along with it. Thanks again Paul for all of your time and patience.

—Donald Hutchinson
 
 

When I saw this photo of my Dad on his tractor in 1968 I had to have it. I was only 5 years old at the time but remember clearly being at the farm. Now I have a picture on my wall that brings back those happy times. Thanks for the heirloom.

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Great photo. Currently the 4th and 5th generation are living in the ranch home at the front of the picture.
The 3rd generation to work the farm grew up in the old house to the right.

 
 

Eva Jane Hultman built this house on the Hultman home place in 1976.

—Rick Hultman
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This is the Johnny Hultman home place and it will be a century farm in 2012. I grew up here, milked cows here for 27 years and am currently a Media Specialist at Hinckley/Finlayson High School. I still have beef, run the ground and rent some additional acreage.

—Rick Hultman