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MADISON COUNTY
HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MADISON, VIRGINIA
(Madison,VA 22727)
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Madison County Historical Society
Madison County Virginia (VA)

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OLD MADISON COUNTY PHOTOS 

We are looking for old photos of life in Madison County. We will scan them and return them to you while you wait. Please call 540-395-5119 for more information or to make an appointment.

BOB LOOKABILL SPEAKER AT MAY 21, 2017 

MCHS QUARTERLY MEETING

The speaker for the May 21, 2017 Madison County Historical Society quarterly meeting will be Robert (Bob) Lookabill and he will talk to us about Madison County’s singular major league baseball player, Oliver Dinwiddie Tucker.

Bob is a retired Navy Reserve Captain and holds two Masters Degrees, one in history from Marshall University and one in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He retired from the Defense Intelligence Agency where he was an analyst/supervisor. In addition to his aforementioned professional career and his present retirement activities, Bob is a huge fan of the game of baseball. Having inquired about the mausoleum in a family cemetery on State Route 230 near Radiant he found that it was “the grave of O.D. Tucker who played major league baseball.” Being a fan of the game he researched “Ollie” Tucker, as he was known to his fans.  It is the story of this player about which he will speak, reminiscing about this Madison County native’s intriguing accomplishments in America’s other signature identity besides apple pie. Ollie was born in Radiant on 27 January 1902 and died in Radiant on 13 July 1940 at the unseemly age of 38.  He played both minor and major league ball and though his major-league career was rather short having never found his niche there, he amassed an amazing career in the minor leagues.  Ollie was inducted into the Buffalo Bison Baseball Hall of fame in 1986 and the International League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

There is much more to the story of “Ollie Tucker, the slugging Virginia Gentleman,” as the Buffalo Courier- Express referred to him and this will be told by Mr. Lookabill at the quarterly meeting.

The meeting will be held in the Madison County Administration Offices auditorium at 3:00pm Sunday May 21st. (Please note the change in time of the meeting.) Everyone is invited to attend and refreshments will be served following the meeting.

Luncheon Teas Support Historical Society

Thanks to enthusiastic support from Madisonians and friends from nearby communities, the Spring Luncheon Tea was another success.  Attendance was at full capacity in the Kemper Residence.

Even though summer is not even here yet, plans are underway for the Fall tea scheduled for September 27.  Our chefs are testing recipes so we can offer some new items along with the popular standbys.  You’ll just have to join us to find out what will be new!

The Fall tea will mark 15 years since a group of loyal and dedicated volunteers began donating, preparing and serving all the food for this semi-annual event. Some of the faces have changed over the years, but their loyalty is firm. Over the years, the Tea Group has been responsible for raising significant funds for the Society.

We hope you will mark your calendars for September 27, and make your plans to be present.   As usual, we are happy to accommodate groups up to six, as well as individuals who can meet new friends.

We look forward to another successful tea to support the Madison County Historical Society.