Edgar Woods

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Dr. Edgar Woods was a prominent pastor, educator and gifted speaker in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. A collector of local historical stories, he published a volume of Albemarle county annals in 1901.[1]

Biography

At one point, he was the owner of Arrowhead, a historic property in Albemarle. [2]

Law career

Woods was educated at Washington College, University of New York and Princeton University. After several years of practicing law, he entered the ministry.

Pastoral career

A pastorate in Wheeling was followed by one in the First Presbyterian church of Columbus, Ohio. On May 26, 1866 Rev. Edgar Woods became the elected pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Charlottesville, following the Rev. William H. McGuffey who had handled the church's affairs until 1865. (McGuffey, was the author of the famous McGuffey's Readers). Woods guided the church until 1877, when declining health prompted him to resign. The Rev. George L. Petrie took over in 1878 and became the church's longest-serving pastor.[3]

Educational career

Woods bought Pantops and founded Pantops Academy[4] and also ministered to the county churches in Albemarle County; Keswick Bethel, Olivet and Slate Hill.

From 1879-1903, the Pantops Academy, a boys’ school, was operated in the main house on the portion of the property known as Lower Pantops (the property had been divided in 1874). In 1929, after passing through several owners, the main house burned and in 1938 a new house was built for the owner at the time, James Cheek. [5]

Early life

Woods was born on December 14, 1827 in Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia to Thomas Woods (1792-1832) and Mary Brison (1800–1880).

Marriage and children

In 1853, Edgar married Maria Cooper Baker (1832–1908) of Martinsburg, they had six children. Three of his children would become missionaries of the Presbyterian church in China.[6]

Death and afterward

Rev. Edgar Woods died on April 19, 1910[7](aged 82) in Charlottesville and was buried in Maplewood Cemetery (Plot Div E, Block VII).

Published works

  • Albemarle County in Virginia: Giving Some Account of What It Was by Nature, of What It Was Made by Man, and of Some of the Men Who Made It (1901) [8]


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  1. Web. Albemarle County In Virginia, Rev. Edgar Woods, The Michie Company, Printers, 1901, retrieved May 7, 2019.
  2. Web. 002-0195 Arrowhead, Virginia Landmarks Register, December 12, 2018, retrieved January 18, 2020.
  3. Web. Yesteryears: First Presbyterian Church, Part 3: Ministers built large enough flock for bigger building, David A. Maurer, The Daily Progress, August 31, 2014, retrieved May 8, 2019.
  4. https://www.dailyprogress.com/lifestyles/yesteryears-pantops-part-cannons-classrooms-and-change/article_c729b608-d38a-11e6-a513-7305504dfed0.html
  5. https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/pantops, Research & Education Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia
  6. Web. [1], The Daily Progress, April 20, 1910, retrieved May 8, 2019.
  7. https://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:2093405/view#openLayer/uva-lib:2093406/5198.5/1088.5/3/1/0
  8. Web. Albemarle County In Virginia, Rev. Edgar Woods, The Michie Company, Printers, 1901, retrieved May 7, 2019.


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