Focusing on History
Throughout his career Hugh Morrison Jr. photographed artifacts and places of historic significance. Some of his work was published in three books by John W. Wayland, PhD, a professor at Madison College in Harrisonburg and the most prominent Shenandoah Valley historian of the day. The two men shared a mutual respect and intersecting backgrounds. Wayland was from Shenandoah County and lived in Harrisonburg; Morrison was from Harrisonburg and lived in Shenandoah County.

While taking photographs for Wayland's Historic Homes of Northern Virginia, Morrison wrote about working with the author in his journal entry of Wednesday, October 4, 1933. The account notes that he arose at 6 a.m. and drove to Harrisonburg to meet Wayland. The two then took a long road trip that included Elkton, Barboursville, Fredericksburg, Culpeper, Stanardsville, Chancellorsville, and Madison. It was nearly 11 p.m. before Morrison returned home that day, sixteen negatives of historic houses having been made. In his account of the journey, Wayland noted his companion's ability to make a good exposure at dusk: "We were at the Spotswood Spring, Germanna, at 4:20–5:30 p.m. The light was rapidly fading. Mr. Morrison exposed the plate for six counts."

The two men corresponded for much of their adult lives. Morrison referred to the historian as his "good and very esteemed friend." Writing in a 1941 letter, Morrison said, "It will give me a real pleasure to join you in any jaunt to secure the photographs to which you refer – let me know a few days ahead."

Communion set from Woodstock's Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
The Red Lion Tavern on Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia.
Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan's home, "Saratoga," in Clarke County, Virginia.
Valley historian Dr. John W. Wayland (1872–1962).

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