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Winway Apartments, Blacksburg, VA, circa 1957

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More from my Dad’s 8mm home movies. My parents and I lived in the Winway Apartments in Blacksburg from 1956 to 1958 while my dad went to grad school at Virginia Tech. The name of the apartments derived from the combination of the first names of the owners, Winifred and Conway. Conway Strickler built the apartments after World War II. There were five separate buildings. We lived in Building C; Conway and Winifred and their three kids lived in Building A. The apartment buildings are still there, in the 700 block of South Main Street. In the ’90s, they were called Maple Tree Court. Don’t know what they’re called now.

Conway Strickler also built the smaller Strickler Apartments in 1948 at 403-405 Progress Street. There’s a PDF of a Blacksburg Historic Resources Survey from 1996 that provides a little bit of info on the architectural details of that building.

My Mom remembers that the girl on the far left in the last scene was named Ginny and that the girl in the middle was her sister Marian. Ginny and Marian had a brother named David and their parents were Suzanne and Floyd. No recollection of their last name, unfortunately, or of the other girl’s name.

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Written by Dean Jeffrey

October 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm

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