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The Master Armorer’s House, Harpers Ferry, WV (A Ghost Tale)


(The confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers in Harpers Ferry, WV)

For one year in the early ’90s, my family lived upstairs in the Master Armorer’s House, a large, two-story brick structure built in 1859, situated on Shenandoah Street in Harpers Ferry National Park, in West Virginia. The three bedroom apartment we lived in was designated for National Park Service employees. The building features wide porches on the back side of the house, lovely, wide wooden floorboards, and tall ceilings and windows. The first floor of the building, where information and relics from the Civil War were displayed, typically smelled a bit musty and stale, like old buildings often do. One room downstairs was arranged and decorated with antique furniture and other objects. We called this room the “Parlor Room.” The whistles of trains could be heard as they passed on the trestle just yards behind the building. The house was just near the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, and with the looming mountains, it was certainly different than the seaside, where we had come from. Continue reading


A letter for future generations, from 1961

Scan14(Note on the back, in my Grandmama’s handwriting states:  “Vernon Aubrey Neasham is the handsome boy in the 1st row and second from right. He was born August 28, 1908 in Reno, Nevada. He became a PHD Historian with the National Park Service. He was the wonderful father of Ann Neasham and he died March 11, 1982 of brain tumors. These probably are his fraternity brothers at U. of Calif. at Berkeley, CA.”)

In previous posts, I have mentioned my maternal great grandfather, Vernon Aubrey Neasham- he was a historian for the state of California, worked with the National Park Service, and loved nature and history dearly. Continue reading

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Six Ton Shogun

My awesomely awesome husband played bass for Six Ton Shogun– an excellent bunch of guys who’d all been playing music and hanging around/interacting with the local music scene for quite awhile. These guys were FUN to hang out with, and FUN to watch. You never know if a didgeridoo would be pulled out, if Brandon (their vocalist) would strip down to his boxers, or where the guys would tell the audience they came from (coon farmers in Alabama?).

Here’s a little video I made of one of their shows, click to play.



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Ten Year Scar

My husband played bass in this band for several years in the mid-2000’s, with a great bunch of guys who became, in essence, the brothers I never had. I went to all their shows with them, whether they were local, or as far as Michigan, taking photos, videos, making flyers and artwork, and generally, having an unbelievably good time.

I created this video from some of the many photographs, flyers and pieces of art I made for Ten Year Scar through the years. Click to play.

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The Phoenix


This work, entitled “The Phoenix,” features imagery of Tibetan prayer flags, the Om symbol, the landscapes of the western US (as inspired by photographs that my Dad took from small airplanes on his way out west for NPS training details), and the skeleton of a bird called a “kite.” This work represents, among other things, spiritual, mental and physical rebirth. The Egyptian goddess Isis was said to have taken the form of a kite on occasion. This work is sized at 22″ by 22″, and was created with acrylic paints, including touches of gold.

© “The Phoenix” 2014 Annie O’Dell Hendrick



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