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The portraits of George Alfred Endly

and Abigail Narcissa Endly

George Alfred Endly (1912) moved with his wife, Narcissa Abigail Wilson Endly (1839-1869), to Mecklenburg County, Virginia in October 1868 when his wife’s health required them to seek a warmer climate.  They had two daughters, Alice M. Endly (spouse: Thomas H. Benton Huston) and Mary M. Endly, and one son George A. Endly, Jr.  Narcissa Endly passed away in 1869, and in 1873, Endly married Mary Jane McCurdy.  They had one son, Willie Endly.  Endly was the town’s first mayor, from 1873 to 1875, and is generally credited with founding Chase City.


The portraits shown here were donated to MMMG by descendants of George and Narcissa Endly.  Most likely they were painted in the 1850s or  early 1860s. After extensive research, we believe that the unsigned portraits were painted by Joseph Oriel Eaton of Cincinnati, Ohio. In the early 2020s, the Board of Trustees embarked on an evaluation of the condition of the paintings. Experts determined they were in severe need of restoration. 

We are happy to report that the project funding goal was successful and the paintings along with the frames have now been restored to their original splendor. A big “Thank You” to all who contributed and enabled MMMG to meet the goals of this campaign.   The restored portraits are now  hanging  in the MacCallum More Museum lobby.


There are additional funding/donation opportunities available at MMMG. There are multiple opportunities to support the preservation and enhancement of Chase City’s heritage by donating to the operating expenses and capital improvement needs of MMMG..  MMMG is a 501(c)(3) corporation and donations are tax deductible. 


We are pleased to announce that the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors has budgeted a study to determine the condition and what repairs and upgrades will be needed. We know at the outset, select repairs and upgrades will need to be made to the garden irrigation system. At the same time, the garden electrical system is in a severe state of disrepair of the electrical system as a result of aging and vandalism. The plan is to have the evaluation completed by November of 2023. Repairs and upgrades will need funding in addition to the County’s generous capital improvement grant.


Please contact for further details.

This is your opportunity to help rescue a part of Chase City’s heritage by donating to the restoration.  MMMG is a 501(c)(3) corporation and donations are tax deductible.  The restored portraits will hang in the MacCallum More Museum lobby.

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