Town of Bramwell Memories
DR. J. C. NEWBOLD's : "MY PENNSYLVANIA HOME"
WORDS & MUSIC
This 1873 Steinway square grand piano once stood in the Historic Bramwell home of Dr. J. C. Newbold. Dr. Newbold loved to play the piano and he composed music on this piano about his birthplace in Pennsyvalnia. Students from Bramwell High School sometimes played this piano in his Bramwell home. The piano was originally purchased new from the Steinway company and shipped April 4, 1873 to the home of William Ramsay in Greenville, TN. It is believed that it remained there until purchased by Dr. Newbold, perhaps in the 1930s.
The piano was sold for $2750.00 at Dr. Newbold's estate sale in 1979 following his death in 1976. It was purchased by Albert Bailey "Shorty" Johnson of Pocahontas, VA and given to his daughter Virginia Lucille Johnson Cassell at the same time. Virginia passed away on December 9, 2010. This piano remained in the the Cassell house, Wytheville, VA from that time until transported to the Petty home in Amissville, VA on Dec. 30, 2011.
( This photograph furnished by Vaughn Cassell )
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