A Guide to the Spahr Family Collection, 1959-1991 Spahr Family Collection Ms2005-005

A Guide to the Spahr Family Collection, 1959-1991

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2005-005


Special Collections, Virginia Tech

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Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
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© 2005 By Virginia Tech. All rights reserved.

Processed by: Amy Shaffer, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Spahr Family Collection, 1959-1991
Physical Characteristics
0.3 cu. ft. 1 box
Spahr family
The Spahr Family Collection contains records of rent payments at the Hilltop Gardens Trailer Park and clippings about Joel Bush Spahr's landscaping hobby. Hilltop Gardens Trailer Park, run by the Spahrs, operated from 1959 to 1999 on property to the northwest of Blacksburg, Virginia.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Spahr Family Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Spahr Family Collection, Ms2005-005 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The Spahr Family Collection was donated to the Special Collections by its creator in 2004.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Spahr Family Collection was completed in 2005.

Biographical/Historical Information

Hilltop Gardens Trailer Park was established and constructed by Joel Bush Spahr in 1959. Located to the northeast of Blacksburg on Virginia Route 685, the trailer park offered married students a nice place to live during a time when few apartments existed in Blacksburg. Spahr was interested in gardening and landscaped the lots that the trailers occupied. After Joel Spahr's death in 1977, his wife Christine ran the trailer park until her death in 1990. Their daughters, Sandra Jennings and Janet Spahr, then owned and operated the trailer park until it closed in 1999.

Scope and Content

This collection contains newspaper clippings about Joel Bush Spahr and his hobby, landscaping and propagating shrubs. It also contains a ledger book and series of notecards in which the Hilltop Gardens Trailer Park tenants' monthly rent payments were recorded.


The collection is arranged by format.

Index Terms

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Newspaper Clippings, c.1970
Box-folder 1-2
Ledger Book, 1959-1972
Box-folder 1-3
Index Cards, 1972-1991