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The Story of Virginia: Highlights from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

By Jamie O. Bosket

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Released: 2018-11-13
Hardcover (200 pages)

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The story of Virginia is at the centre of the American experience. World-changing, pivotal events of the nation have most often taken place in Virginia or been meaningfully shaped by Virginians. The ideas most cherished by Americans were oft inspired and contested in the state, with lasting consequence.

The history of the “mother of states” and the “mother of presidents” is long, rich, and complex. While Virginians have offered ideas with lasting positive global impact, they also have engaged in tragic fights and have allowed unmistakable injustices.

This book presents 400 evocative objects from Museum’s permanent exhibition, and from its impressive collection, chronologically and with brief background. In a 200-page sampling of letters, documents, artefacts, paintings, furniture, silver, and other decorative objects, along with books, maps, prints, broadsides, guns, uniforms, period photographs, and utilitarian objects, a unique and lavishly illustrated history of Virginia is provided.

A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers

By Virginia Department of Historic Resources

University of Virginia Press
Paperback (384 pages)

A Guidebook to Virginia s Historical Markers
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Including nearly nine hundred new and replacement markers that have been installed along the commonwealth's roadways since the last edition was published in 1994, this third edition of A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers brings together and updates the texts of more than 1,850 official state historical markers placed along Virginia's highways since 1927.Divided for the first time into six geographic-cultural regions, this edition contains maps and three individual indexes that assist the reader in locating markers by title, number, or subject matter. The subject index covers African American, Native American, and women's history; maps out key places in such areas as European exploration and settlement, industry and agriculture, and transportation and communication; and canvasses the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and such notable sites as courthouses, houses of worship, educational institutions, forts, and famous homes and homesites. Vacationers and those simply out for a drive will stumble across sites as diverse as Jamestown and the birthplace of Booker T. Washington, the graves of country music's Carter family and the original locations of northern Virginia's Nike missile installations, the places where paramount chief Powhatan first met with the English and where the artist Georgia O'Keeffe taught art, and Langley Field, which played a significant role in the history of manned space flight.Virginia has one of the oldest marker systems in the country, established in 1927. The markers are no longer state funded, and so the program illustrates a collaborative effort between committed sponsors who offer financial support, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The network holds great appeal for tourists and serves as a source of pride for local citizens.Travelers along Virginia's highways will find this guide both useful and informative. The great legacy of Virginia's past is revealed on these markers, making the book both a handy reference and a stimulus to greater study of the history of the commonwealth.

Cradle of America: A History of Virginia

By Peter Wallenstein

University Press of Kansas
Released: 2014-08-20
Paperback (562 pages)

Cradle of America: A History of Virginia
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As the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America, the birthplace of a presidential dynasty, and the gateway to western growth in the nation�s early years, Virginia can rightfully be called the �cradle of America.� Peter Wallenstein traces major themes across four centuries in a brisk narrative that recalls the people and events that have shaped the Old Dominion. The second edition is updated with new material throughout, including a new chapter on Virginia and world affairs from the Korean War through 9/11 and beyond, and, an expanded bibliography.

Historical accounts of Virginia have often emphasized harmony and tradition, but Wallenstein focuses on the impact of conflict and change. From the beginning, Virginians have debated and challenged each other�s visions of Virginia, and Wallenstein shows how these differences have influenced its sometimes turbulent development. Casting an eye on blacks as well as whites, and on people from both east and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he traces such key themes as political power, racial identity, and education.

Bringing to bear his long experience teaching Virginia history, Wallenstein takes readers back, even before Jamestown, to the Elizabethan settlers at Roanoke Island and the inhabitants they encountered, as well as to Virginia�s leaders of the American Revolution. He chronicles the state�s dramatic journey through the Civil War era, a time that revealed how the nation�s evolution sometimes took shape in opposition to the vision of many leading Virginians. He also examines the impact of the civil rights movement and considers controversies that accompany Virginia into its fifth century.

The text is copiously illustrated to depict not only such iconic figures as Pocahontas, George Washington, and Robert E. Lee, but also such other prominent native Virginians as Carter G. Woodson, Patsy Cline, and L. Douglas Wilder. Sidebars throughout the book offer further insight, while maps and appendixes of reference data make the volume a complete resource on Virginia�s history.

Washington, Virginia, a History 1735-2018

By PhD, MPH, Maureen I. Harris

Independently published
Paperback (310 pages)

Washington, Virginia, a History 1735-2018
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This comprehensive book treats the history of the town of Washington, Virginia, in 15 chapters and 7 appendices. It begins with the original land grant from King George II in 1735 and discusses establishment of the town and its selection as the county seat of Rappahannock County. Individual chapters provide details on growth of the town, its activities, people, businesses, and changes in government from the town’s founding to 2018. Specific topics such as roads and transportation, schools, churches, the water supply and sewer systems, the world famous Inn at Little Washington, and selection to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places are dealt with in separate chapters. Histories of the fifty-one lots in the core of the town are provided in detail, together with photographs of each of the buildings in the town. The book is fully referenced and indexed.

Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007

By Ronald L. Heinemann & Anthony S. Parent Jr.

Brand: University of Virginia Press
Paperback (412 pages)

Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007
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"On the morning of 26 April 1607, three small ships carrying 143 Englishmen arrived off the Virginia coast of North America, having spent four months at sea.... All hoped for financial success and perhaps a little adventure; as it turned out, their tiny settlement eventually would evolve from colony into a prominent state in an entirely new nation." So begins Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007 and the remarkable story behind the founding not only of the state of Virginia but of our nation. With this book, the historians Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, Anthony S. Parent Jr., and William G. Shade collaborate to provide a comprehensive, accessible, one-volume history of Virginia, the first of its kind since the 1970s.

In seventeen narrative chapters, the authors tackle the four centuries of Virginia’s history from Jamestown through the present, emphasizing the major themes that play throughout Virginia history―change and continuity, a conservative political order, race and slavery, economic development, and social divisions―and how they relate to national events. Including helpful bibliographical listings at the end of each chapter as well as a general listing of useful sources and Websites, the book is truly a treasure trove for any student, scholar, or general-interest reader looking to find out more about the history of Virginia and our nation. Timed to coincide with the 2007 quadricentennial, Old Dominion, New Commonwealth will stand as a classic for years to come.

Hidden History of Northern Virginia

By Charles A. Mills

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2010-02-19
Paperback (128 pages)

Hidden History of Northern Virginia
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Had General George Washington lived anywhere other than Mount Vernon, Virginia, Washington, D.C., might not exist. In this exciting collection of hidden tales from Northern Virginia, author Charles Mills highlights the important role that this region played in our nation's history from colonial to modern times. Read about the Rebel blockade of the Potomac River, the imprisonment of German POWs at super-secret Fort Hunt during World War II and the building of the Pentagon on the same site and in the same configuration as Civil War, era Fort Runyon. Meet Annandale's "bunny man," who inspired one of the country's wildest and scariest urban legends; learn about the slaves in Alexandria's notorious slave pens; and witness suffragists being dragged from the White House lawn and imprisoned in the Occoquan workhouse. Mills masterfully relates these and other colorful tales of the people and events that left their imprints on Northern Virginia and the nation.

Virginia State Penitentiary: A Notorious History (Landmarks)

By Dale M. Brumfield

The History Press
Released: 2017-10-30
Paperback (272 pages)

Virginia State Penitentiary: A Notorious History (Landmarks)
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Thomas Jefferson developed the idea for the Virginia State Penitentiary and set the standard for the future of the American prison system. Designed by U.S. Capitol and White House architect Benjamin Latrobe, the "Pen" opened its doors in 1800. Vice President Aaron Burr was incarcerated there in 1807 as he awaited trial for treason. The prison endured severe overcrowding, three fires, an earthquake and numerous riots. More than 240 prisoners were executed there by electric chair. At one time, the ACLU called it the "most shameful prison in America." The institution was plagued by racial injustice, eugenics experiments and the presence of children imprisoned among adults. Join author Dale Brumfield as he charts the 190-year history of the iconic prison.

Pioneers of Colonial Virginia. Being a Collection of Narratives of Influential and Less Well-Known Pioneers in Colonial Virginia and their impact on Society.

By David C. Joyce

Heritage Books
Paperback (100 pages)

Pioneers of Colonial Virginia. Being a Collection of Narratives of Influential and Less Well-Known Pioneers in Colonial Virginia and their impact on Society.
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The narratives portrayed in this book represent the life stories of various pioneers from eighteenth-century Virginia. Their struggles and achievements are not well known; nevertheless, they played a crucial role. From poor immigrants, religious dissenters, and the landed gentry, they all changed Virginia history.

Pioneer accounts include: Charles Chriswell, Michael Kelly, Nicholas Meriwether, The Queen of Pamunkey, Thomas Joyce, Thomas Stanley, William Witcher, and Sir Francis Wyatt. All of these pioneers, in their own way, contributed to the culture of colonial Virginia. For better or for worse, they either inspired hope or planted fear. In some cases, it was both. The history of Virginia was forever shaped by these pioneers and their decisions.

An index to full-names, places and subjects adds to the value of this work.

Summer of the Woods (The Virginia Mysteries)

By Steven K. Smith

MyBoys3 Press
Paperback (144 pages)

Summer of the Woods (The Virginia Mysteries)
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Do you remember your first real adventure? When summer was filled with magic and anything seemed possible?
"Magic Tree House meets The Hardy Boys...A perfect summer reading adventure!"
When young brothers Derek and Sam move with their family to Virginia, they have no idea what adventures the summer will bring. As they explore their creaky old house and the deep surrounding woods, they uncover a sixty-year-old mystery of a valuable coin collection stolen from the local museum. Join the boys as they spend their summer running from danger and searching the woods, secret caves, rushing waters, and hidden passageways for treasure and the rare 1877 Indian Head cent coin!

The Virginia Mysteries - Adventures with a twist of history
Book 1 - Summer of the Woods
Book 2 - Mystery on Church Hill
Book 3 - Ghosts of Belle Isle
Book 4 - Secret of the Staircase
Book 5 - Midnight at the Mansion
Book 6 - Shadows at Jamestown
Book 7 - Spies at Mount Vernon

Also by Steven K. Smith
Brother Wars
Brother Wars: Cabin Eleven
Brother Wars: The Big Apple

"As if by magic, Mr. Smith presents the perfect combination of nostalgia and modern day. This exemplifies the summers I remember. Freely roaming all around, turning over rocks in creeks, exploring woods and caves while our imaginations provided limitless adventures. Kids being kids." - Reader of Summer of the Woods"My 7 year old loved this! While there is a place for the "silly" books targeted for little boys nowadays, it's refreshing to find a story reminiscent of the Hardy Boys, yet updated for this generation" - Reader of Summer of the Woods"My nine year old, reluctant reader fell in love with the story. The mystery and adventure drew her in right away…a perfect read aloud for my seven year olds. This fast paced, wholesome adventure story will leave you wanting to take a hike with your kids!" - Reader of Summer of the Woods

History of the Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Virginia (1851)

By Wills De Hass

Released: 1851-03-26
Kindle Edition (440 pages)

History of the Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Virginia (1851)
 
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Those familiar with West Virginia history will recognize this book as one of the "Big Three" books on West Virginia.

For those interested in West Virginia genealogy and history, Wills De Hass' 1851 book "History of the Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Virginia" is an unparalleled resource. Not only does it include many references to the people and places that make West Virginia history but it contains detailed conditions of life during that time.

This easy to read book contains personal biographical sketches which keep the reader's attention. This book serves as a great resource also for finding other sources of research into West Virginia history.

An author and speaker on archeological topics, De Hass turned to frontier history for his most famous work, History of the Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Virginia, which includes historical accounts of the settlement of the Ohio Valley and northwestern Virginia, the British expulsion of the French from the region, warfare between settlers and Indians prior to 1795, and biographical sketches of well-known frontiersmen.

De Hass' descriptions are vivid as can be observed in his description of West Virginia pioneer women:
"The women, during the whole of that long and perilous night, proved themselves heroines of no ordinary type. They stood at their posts like soldiers of a dozen campaigns, cooling and loading the rifles….No timid shrieks escaped them; no maidenly fears caused them to shrink from their self-imposed and most onerous task. Such were the pioneer mothers of the west—women whose souls and bodies were so sorely tried in the fierce fire of our Indian wars. Through the whole of that long and terrible night, without food and without rest, did these brave and noble women stand to their duty, regardless of fatigue, but nerving their hearts to the contest, and animating the men with hope and courage…the western heroines, without the eclat of female warriors, displayed more true courage throughout the long and stormy days of our Indian warfare, and exhibited more of the true spirit of heroism, than any example in ancient or modern history."

About the author:
Wills De Hass (1817- 1910), physician, historian and anthropologist, and Civil War soldier was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He early took interest in historical and scientific subjects and was for a time associated with the Bureau of American Ethnology. He fought in the Civil War and took a large role in the final separation and in the formation of the new government of West Virginia. De Hass was the author of a number of writings on the archeology and history of the Indians including a paper on Archaology of the Mississippi Valley.

De Hass' historic work on West Virginia is a well-regarded historical source, being cited in the following modern works:
•Absentee Landowning and Exploitation in West Virginia, 1760-1920, Barbara Rasmussen - 2015
•Life and Adventures of Lewis Wetzel - The Virginia Ranger, Cecil B. Hartley - 2013
•Democracy's Lawyer: Felix Grundy of the Old Southwest, J. Roderick Heller - 2010
•American Generals of the Revolutionary War, Robert P. Broadwater - 2007
•The West Virginia encyclopedia, Ken Sullivan – 2006


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