History

Goshen was once inhabited by Indian tribes such as the Cherokee and Shawnee, but in the 18th century, European settler, Alexander Dunlop and his Scottish wife, Anna MacFarlane moved to the Calfpasture.   A few of the first settlers include, Bratton, Lockridge, Graham, Carter, and Davis.  Land was bountiful and sold for 33 1/3 cent per acre.   The first Goshen council was instructed in 1744 by James Patton and John Lewis.  Goshen was based on farms, much like today, raising mainly corn.  While Goshen was mere farmland, in the 1800’s, Goshen Pass and Panther’s Gap was a bustling community with a school, hotel, Post Office, and foundaries, the record salary reached was $60.00/yr, earned by Mr. Charles Knight, schoolmaster. 
The Alleghany Hotel, built to serve as a hotel by “the Goshen Improvement company; the company which in the boom period of 1890 selected Goshen station as a site for laying of and the founding of a new city.”  The hotel was known as the “house of entertainment,” but a few years before the fire, Alleghany Hotel was renamed the Alleghany Sanitarium, housing Tuberculosis patients.  On Thanksgiving day, 1922, the Alleghany Hotel smoldered in flames and ash for 2 1/2 hours before the building was completely destroyed.  During this time, Goshen was without a fire department to combat the flames.

 

 

“All gave some, some gave all, This monument stands in tribute to Goshens contribution to the greatest generation.”

 

During the onset of World War II, Goshen residents saw off 198 recognized soldiers to fight for their country.  While some returned and some did not, Goshen memorializes the brave men and women who risked life and limb for peace and humanity.  Standing proudly in front of the Town Hall on Main street, a World War II memorial lists veterans and those killed in action. 

67 thoughts on “History

  1. My mother-in-law, Ellen Cameron Bell Brown Gray, age 95, lived at Cameron Hall with her parents. Ellen was born in 1920 and currently lives at Baldwin Park Brightview, Staunton, Virginia. She loves sharing information about Cameron Hall that was in her family for many, many years. Her phone number is 540-887-2508. She was also related to Cameron Seay, who was listed in one of the messages.

  2. My mother-in-law, Ellen Cameron Bell Brown Gray, age 95, lived at Cameron Hall with her parents. Ellen was born in 1920 and currently lives in the independent apartments at Baldwin Park Brightview, Staunton, Virginia. She loves sharing information about Cameron Hall that was in her family for many, many years. Her phone number is 540-887-2508. She was also related to Cameron Seay, who was listed in one of the messages.

  3. I am searching my Ingram family that is from the Goshen area of Virginia. I am trying to find where a church and cemetery is located that was called Buffalo Gap Chapel and the Buffalo Cemetery. I have an obituary from 1911 that lists that the funeral for Catherine Montgomery Ingram, widow of Hugh Ingram, was held at the Buffalo Gap Chapel and burial was in the Buffalo Cemetery. I have searched in Augusta County and no luck. I’m told that maybe this church and cemetery was on the Rockbridge county side and may have been near Goshen. Any help appreciated.

  4. I would love to talk with your mother-in-law, Ms. Gray about her time at Cameron Hall and the surrounding area.

  5. Karen, please contact my mother-in-law. She has pictures of Cameron Hall that was actually owned by her parents and other members of her family (I think). On her 95th birthday, her daughter took her to Cameron Hall and had a picture made standing in front of the house. Ellen is of very sound mind; exercises four times a week; still drives; and, would love a visit or phone call to discuss living at Cameron Hall with her parents

  6. I am trying to find information on the First Baptist Church (which is no longer in use). It is located on Rt. 42 app. 1 mile past the Bridge over the River, heading to Craigsville. I have been told it was a black church, but would appreciate any information anyone would share with me about it.

  7. My husband and myself recently purchased a home in Goshen at 19 Bell Hill Ln. We have been told by a few people here that it was the first house built in the town of Goshen which we have found confusing since the ad for the home listed it as having been built in 1890 and yet we have heard that many places here were built before this. We believe the house may be older than what it was listed as. We would love any information on this house or copies of any pictures of this house from the past. We help out occassionally at one of the local camps and love the area; which is how we found this home. We have recently retired and planned to make this our home if we can fix this old place up some. It needs quite a bit of tender loving care! 🙂

  8. Tom,Buffalo Gap Chapel is a Presbyterian Church near Buffalo Gap in Augusta Co.Located about 1 mile South of the 254/42 intersection.As to a cemetary,I do not know of one.

  9. My name is Darryl Knick and my grandfather was a guard at a prison located in Goshen, VA. I am trying to find out where the prison was exactly, and if anyone might have a picture of the prison. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Live in Goshen with family live in probably one of oldest houses in town built in 1860

  11. You can do a deed search at the Court house and bring the previous owner names to the Environmental Health office and look to see if we have any information. We do have information on properties in Goshen area. I have some files dated back to 1939. But in by last name only, no tax map and no street address just Route numbers.

  12. hello my name is Harry white my grandfather Eugene Thornton and my uncle Heavey owned a grocery store and gun shop near Still Water in Goshen . Im trying to find some pics of him and stores they were write on the side of the railroad tracks. my grandfather was a permanent fixture hanging out with his friends at the gas station telling stories and jokes. I also have a aunt, her name Sue that was working at the grocery store in the town owned by my uncle Bill Ingram that I haven’t seen in years if anyone could help me with pictures. My children and I would greatly appreciate your help. Even if you can’t help us, thank you for reading my post. I sure do miss Goshen, I had a lot of great memories and would like to have more.
    Harry White

  13. There was another hotel on the Knob called “Camp Knob” according to my mother who was raised on the Knob. Part of it still stands and is used as a camp by a gentleman from Lexington. My mother said the camp served meals outside, I believe in open areas. There is still the spring, a pond, and a partially hidden swimming pool that belongs to the property

  14. I know there are pictures at the Goshen Library of some of the town homes and buildings and of the Hotel on Alleghany. I am in the process of going through pictures my Mom has and trying to find out about them. She is 100 (in June of this year). I remember the different stores in Goshen and often shopped in the Thornton store and the Jane Turnage store, also Oma Wilhelm’s store. Mr. Thornton’s store is still there but is used as storage I think. I would love to learn more of the history of our town. I have lived here for over 71 years.

  15. Karen–Could you please contact me–We went over some genealogy some years back and I have an update question now
    Thanks

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