As part of the return of the Lovettsville Historical Society's Lecture Series, Dr. Fred C. Johnson, the acknowledged expert on Loudoun County’s rich heritage of local furniture-making, will present a lecture entitled "Furniture-Making in the Loudoun Valley" at 2 p.m. March 10 at St. James United Church of Christ.
Johnson’s 2003 book, "Nineteenth Century Loudoun County, Virginia Chair Manufacturing," grew out of his long-time passion for 19th century furniture, and it is the definitive guide to identifying local chairs, rockers and other types of furniture that were made locally 100 or more years ago.
Among the Lovettsville furniture makers whom Johnson has studied are Jerome W. Goodhart, Charles K. Hough and his son Charles Jr., Jacob Slater and Luther Thrasher.
Johnson last spoke in Lovettsville in November 2011, with chair-making being the focus of his presentation. This time, in addition to discussing chair-makers, Johnson will focus on cabinet-making in the Loudoun Valley area. His presentation will include an abundance of illustrations.
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