Civil War Grafitti

Woodstock CourthouseOften the bane of building owners, graffiti on an historic courthouse in Woodstock is getting some loving attention. A paint conservator believes the graffiti dates to the Civil War. The graffiti has emerged as the courthouse undergoes a major renovation. Barbara Adamson is president of the Shenandoah County Historical Society, which hired an architectural historian to examine the Main Street landmark. Adamson tells the Daily News Record soldiers passing through Woodstock stayed in the courthouse. While much of the writing is illegible, one section of wall has a drawing depicting an animal. A label beneath it reads “a leopard.” Adamson said historical society members want to hire a conservator to carry out the painstaking process of uncovering all the writing. One room alone would cost up to $12,000.