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Southside Virginia Chronicles

Author : John Caknipe Jr.
ISBN : 9781625850218
Genre : History
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Virginia's Southside and Piedmont regions have produced some of the finest religious, educational and community leaders in the Old Dominion. Lewis Burwell was a founding father of the commonwealth who served in the House of Burgesses. John Ravenscroft was an early behemoth of regional religious thought known for his passionate promotion of the Episcopal Church and its teachings. The region's history is rich beyond its leaders as well. From early mining operations to the formation of the Christianville Academy to the impact of the Civil War, Southside Virginia is not exempt from the commonwealth's storied past. Join author, historian and local columnist John Caknipe as he compiles his most fascinating columns for the first time to regale readers with Southside Virginia's historic heroes, overlooked history and more.
Category: History

Southside Virginia

Author : Herman Melton
ISBN : 1596291370
Genre : History
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A rich, fascinating history permeates Southside Virginia, a grouping of seven picturesque counties nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In this compelling new book, author and historian Herman Melton offers a collection of historical vignettes that explore past of this beautiful Virginian landscape, revealing an exciting array of intriguing characters and fascinating stories. As Melton delves into the world of Southside Virginia's inhabitants, we meet Carson Davenport, an artist who paints a mural as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's relief program for unemployed artists during the Great Depression. We learn about the workings of a gristmill, an essential element of the region's economy, built by Thomas Jefferson's uncle, George, in the year Pittsylvania County was founded. On a more sinister side, Melton also exposes the saga of a Civilian Conservation Corp camp that was converted into a prisoner of war camp for World War II German naval personnel. Southside Virginia's long history is at once dark and dazzling. From the suffocating blanket of slavery to the welcome changes of the Industrial Revolution, this area east of the Blue Ridge Mountains offers a story that spans the gamut of the American experience. Using precise details and beautiful illustrations, Herman Melton weaves a story that will strike a chord with Southside residents both old and new.
Category: History

A Chronicle Of Aboriginal America

Author : Ellsworth Huntington
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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In writing this book the author has aimed first to present in readable form the main facts about the geographical environment of American history. Many important facts have been omitted or have been touched upon only lightly because they are generally familiar. On the other hand, special stress has been laid on certain broad phases of geography which are comparatively unfamiliar. One of these is the similarity of form between the Old World and the New, and between North and South America; another is the distribution of indigenous types of vegetation in North America; and a third is the relation of climate to health and energy. In addition to these subjects, the influence of geographical conditions upon the life of the primitive Indians has been emphasized. This factor is especially important because people without iron tools and beasts of burden, and without any cereal crops except corn, must respond to their environment very differently from civilized people of today. Limits of space and the desire to make this book readable have led to the omission of the detailed proof of some of the conclusions here set forth. The special student will recognize such cases and will not judge them until he has read the author's fuller statements elsewhere. The general reader, for whom this book is designed, will be thankful for the omission of such purely technical details.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Buildings Of Virginia

Author : Richard Guy Wilson
ISBN : 0195152069
Genre : Architecture
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Old Dominion's built environment has grown and changed extensively since its beginnings and the Buildings of Virginia reflects those changes. The book chronicles Williamsburg, a restored eighteenth-century town with the Governor's Palace and the Christopher Wren building. And journeys farther west to Richmond, the state capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson. It then captures the many historical sites including the birthplaces of George Washington and Robert E. Lee in Westmoreland County. Along with this, the chapters delve into the agricultural history of the state, the expansion of the railroad, and construction of deepwater facilities. And, finally, to the times during and after World War II when manufacturing, military activities, and the growth of the federal establishment accelerated the trends toward industrialization and urbanization. Virginia's influences are truly far reaching--virtually every American city shares some of its architectural style. Approximately 800 buildings and 450 photographs and maps are included in this volume's discussion, truly exhibiting the range of architecture that make up this region. Written by the voice behind A&E's America's Castles, this book is an ideal source for research in architectural history and sociology. Travelers and general readers can also utilize the book as a companion to the many fascinating sites throughout eastern Virginia.
Category: Architecture