Books

(Books of Local and Regional Interests.)





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The Virginia Creeper: Remembering the Virginia-Carolina Railway -  The Virginia Creeper: Remembering The Virginia-Carolina Railway is a history of the 'Virginia Creeper', a short-line train that ran from Abingdon, Virginia, to Todd, North Carolina, a distance of 75 miles, from 1900 until 1977. The line was owned by the Virginia-Carolina Railway Company until 1919, when it was sold to Norfolk and Western Railway Company and was designated as the Abingdon Branch. Doug McGuinn's book, which contains many old and recent photographs, maps and train schedules, is not so much a technical book for railfans, but a celebration of the friendly train, as the Virginia Creeper was called by many of the people who lived by the wayside. The Creeper was considered a family member by some people who still remember it fondly. By Doug McGuinn, 80 Pages, Bamboo Books, Publication date January 4, 1998, Item: 45 Price: $15.00
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PLACES IN TIME - VOL I -  Pictorial history of homes and buildings in Abingdon, 1788 - 1880. By Nanci C. King. Item: 35 Price: $20.00
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HISTORY OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON COUNTY - The history of Southwest Virginia and Washington County by Lewis Preston Summers. 921 pps. Item: 44 Price: $42.50
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History of the Settlement and Indian Wars of Tazewell County, Virginia -  by Geo. W. L. Bickley, M.D. with added material compiled by J. Allen Neal, McClain Printing Company, 1974, Item #: 94 $15.00
Stuarts

Working for Stuarts: Life on One of the Oldest and Largest Cattle Farms East of the Mississippi -  By Kathy Shearer. Working for Stuarts reveals the rich history of this immense farming operation whose family roots reach back to 1776. Stories and pictures from the 1900s to the present tell of the lives of the men and women who worked and lived on the four farms: Elk Garden, Rich Mountain, Clifton, and Rosedale. Soft cover (8 X 10), with 100s of photographs, 2015, 575 pages with index. Item: 401 Price: $40.00
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1850 WASHINGTON COUNTY CENSUS, ANNOTATED -  Published by Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 545 pps, Hardbound. Item: 10 Price: $10.95
Reconstruction

AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER: RECONSTRUCTION IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1865-1870 -  This essay is an examination of what happened during the Reconstruction Era in one place in the South, Washington County, Virginia. When the Civil War ended, the people struggled to reestablish their economy and cope with the frequently changing political situation. Although most white people bitterly opposed political reconstruction, they persevered and gradually accepted their new situation, rebuilt old institutions, and formed new ones. The time was not as bleak as most would imagine, at least not in this place. Soft cover, with photographs, 2015, 119 pages with index. Item: 329 Price: $18.99
The Extraordinary Life of William Alexander Stuart

The Extraordinary Life of William Alexander Stuart -  From Antebellum to Late Victorian Virginia 1826 - 1892 by John White Stuart, III. Item: 024 Price: $59.95
William Edmondson Grumble Jones - The Life of a Cantankerous Confederate

William Edmondson Grumble Jones - The Life of a Cantankerous Confederate by James Buchanan Ballard. William Edmondson Grumble Jones (b. 1824) stands among the most notable Southwest Virginians to fight in the Civil War. The Washington County native graduated from Emory & Henry College and West Point. As a lieutenant in the Old Army between service in Oregon and Texas, he watched helplessly as his wife drowned during the wreck of the steamship Independence. He resigned his commission in 1857. Resuming his military career as a Confederate officer, he mentored the legendary John Singleton Mosby. His many battles included a clash with George Armstrong Custer near Gettysburg. An internal dispute with his commanding general, J.E.B. Stuart, resulted in Jones's court-martial conviction in 1863. Following a series of campaigns in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, he returned to the Shenandoah Valley and died in battle in 1864, leaving a mixed legacy. Item: 413 Price: $39.99
HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA TO 1865

HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA TO 1865 -  By James William Hagy
James Hagy is a Washington County native and retired professor of history at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. Dr. Hagy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Washington County, VA. The book is divided into 12 chapters, organized according to subject from "The Land and the People" and "Earliest Times", to the "Civil War". To quote the author, "I have sought to give an accurate account of the events in Washington County until the end of the Civil War and to make known much that has been overlooked in the past." Hardcover, 2013, 306 pps. including index. Item: 328 Price: $47.50
Blue Ridge Chronicles

Blue Ridge Chronicles -  By Rex Bowman
Blue Ridge Chronicles, A Decade of Dispatches from Southwest Virginia by Rex Bowman, American Chronicles. Many of the highlanders in Virginia's western mountains live in small communities with names such as Stonebruise, Novelty, and Wangle Junction, and here their stories are chronicled by one of their own, Floyd County native and Pulitzer-nominated journalist Rex Bowman, roving reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Colorful characters abound, from folks in Independence who have a decades-old tradition of racing outhouses, to the brawlers in St. Paul who once gave the town a reputation for world-class wickedness, to the purveyors of Roanoke's Texas Tavern who have never in seventy years put ketchup on their hamburgers. Blue Ridge Chronicles is a delightful look at how the lively have lived in Southwest Virginia's backcountry. Paperback. The History Press. 160 Pages. Item: 043 Price: $20.00
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HIGH ON A WINDY HILL,VOL I [REPRINT] -  Cemeteries of Washington County, Virginia by Catherine McConnell (Including surname index). 333 cemeteries, 426 pages, 1968. Item: 42 Price: $18.00
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CEMETERIES OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA -  The long-awaited book, CEMETERIES OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA has just been released. The book updates the well-known High On A Windy Hill cemetery book published in 1969. It 39contains Additions and Corrections to more than 333 cemeteries that were listed in High On A Windy Hill. The book is available exclusively at the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia library in Abingdon, Virginia or through the Society‚Äôs website, www.hswcv.org. This hardbound edition consists of 642 pages and is priced at $49.95 plus tax. If ordered online, a shipping and handling fee is added. Cemeteries of Washington County, Virginia is the perfect Christmas gift for genealogists with research interests in Washington County area. Item: 421 Price: $49.95
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA, IN THE CIVIL WAR -  By Michael K. Shaffer Quality Paperback, 128 pp. with Over 35 Photos ISBN 978-097247656-0 In his impassioned speech at the Virginia Secession Convention.Washington County's delegate, John A. Campbell, concluded his fiery rhetoric with a call to arms: "I don't know but that from this hour forward my way may be lighted by the blaze of civil war." Soon his sentiment was fully embraced by his previously undecided constituents. Though no major battles were fought on Washington County's soil, it became a key supply area for Confederate armies. Union attempts to secure the coveted region resulted in targeted attempts to destroy the area's vital resources. Join Civil War historian Michael Shaffer as he reveals Washington County's Civil War sacrifices and heroism, both on and off the battlefield. Item: 16 Price: $19.99
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WASHINGTON COUNTY REVISITED -  By Donna Akers128 pps. Item: 389 Price: $21.99
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PLACES IN TIME - VOL II -  Pictorial history of homes and buildings in Abingdon, Meadowview and Glade Spring, Virginia. By Nanci C. King. Item: 36 Price: $20.00
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PLACES IN TIME - VOL III -  Pictorial history of homes and buildings in Abingdon, Meadowview and Glade Spring, Virginia. By Nanci C. King. Item: 37 Price: $35.00
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ANNALS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, 1769-1800 -  Botetourt, Fincastle, Montgomery, Washington, Wythe Co.By Lewis Preston Summers, 2 Volumes (1992 Reprint). Item: 2 Price: $72.50
Reconstruction

AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER: RECONSTRUCTION IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1865-1870 -  This essay is an examination of what happened during the Reconstruction Era in one place in the South, Washington County, Virginia. When the Civil War ended, the people struggled to reestablish their economy and cope with the frequently changing political situation. Although most white people bitterly opposed political reconstruction, they persevered and gradually accepted their new situation, rebuilt old institutions, and formed new ones. The time was not as bleak as most would imagine, at least not in this place. Soft cover, with photographs, 2015, 119 pages with index Item: 329 Price: $18.99
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VIRGINIA RAIL TRAILS: CROSSING THE COMMONWEALTH -  By Joe Tennis.Join the author as he explores restored train stations, discovers a railroad's lost island graveyard and crosses the commonwealth on its idyllic paths. Softcover, 2014, 254 pps., including index. Item: 82 Price: $19.99
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THE BATTLE OF KINGS MOUNTAIN, EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS -  By Robert M. Dunkerly. Paperback, 160 pages, Publisher: The History Press, 2007 Item: 311 Price: $19.99
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BATTLE OF KINGS MOUNTAIN PARTICIPANTS -  A listing of the participants in the 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain. Item: 19 Price: $2.50
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WASHINGTON COUNTY MONUMENT [DAR/REVOLUTIONARY WAR] -  Brief biographical descriptions of Revolutionary War soldiers listed on the Washington County monument; 12 pps, paperback. Item: 50 Price: $1.00
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THE FORTS OF THE HOLSTON MILITIA -  By Lawrence J. Fleenor and Dale Carter, 265 pps. "The Forts of the Holston Militia is a valuable addition to individuals who have an interest in the early frontier history of Southwest Virginia." Harold L. Jerrell, President, Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail. Item: 200 Price: $37.50
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SMYTH COUNTY REVISITED -  By Kimberly Barr Byrd and Debbie J. Williams Item: 13 Price: $21.99
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Marion and Hungry Mother State Park - Images of America -  Situated in Virginia's southwestern corner in the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountain Highlands, Marion and neighboring Hungry Mother State Park are steeped in natural beauty. Marion, the name chosen to honor American Revolutionary War hero Gen. Francis Marion, was officially incorporated by the General Assembly on March 15, 1849. The railroad arrived in 1856 and fueled the economy by promoting industrial growth throughout the region. In 1933, John D. and Mildred Lincoln donated 1,881 acres to the state for the establishment of a state park on Hungry Mother Creek. On June 13, 1936, the park was officially dedicated with public opening ceremonies at Hungry Mother State Park, and more than 5,000 turned out to see the park as Gov. George Peery and State Park Director Robert Burson officiated. By Kenneth Wm. Heath. Arcadia Publishing. Paperback. 128 Pages. Item: 251 Price: $21.99
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Norfolk and Western Railway Stations and Depots - Images of Rail -  The tracks of the Norfolk and Western Railway snaked through Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and the coalfields of West Virginia. For nearly 100 years, the Norfolk and Western brought freight, passengers, and economic vitality to large cities and rural mining towns. At each stop was the depot or station; some stations were large, architecturally ornate structures that represented the muscular energy and romantic era of this great steam railway with its famed J-class engines. In other places there were small wooden depots that depicted the hard-scrabble life of the mining communities, tucked amid steep mountain valleys that were indelibly shaped by the railway's presence. Today some of those structures remain, while many disappeared when the railway ceased passenger or other service. The Norfolk and Western eventually merged with the Southern Railway, and though the trains of the Norfolk Southern still run along those same lines, they simply pass by where they used to stop many years ago. By C. Nelson Harris. Arcadia Publishing. Paperback. 128 Pages. Item: 252 Price: $21.99
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Myths of Samuel Newell, 1754 - 1841 -  By Fred Weyler. Item: 090 Price: $4.00
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Leaving a Trail 2. Crabtree Bales Jackson - (Lynam) Presley -  By Norma Jean Crabtree. Item: 250 Price: $2.00
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Michael Sword - Ancestry and Historical Narrative -  By Randy F. McNew Crouse. Item: 321 Price: $13.95