Books

(Books of Local and Regional Interests.)





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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: $16.00
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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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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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TALES FROM THE MOONSHINE TRADE - By Kathy Shearer.Softcover, 6" x 9", 240 pages.Oral histories and over 100 fine old pictures.Index of names.ISBN 978-097247656-0 Clinch Mountain Press 2011.Unlike the comic strip characters Snuffy Smith and Moonshine McSwine, moonshiners worked hard to put food on the table during the Depression. Nearly every secluded hollow in Far Southwest Virginia harbored a still where men, children, and even some women labored and watched out for the law.This was a part of their heritage, going back to a time before whiskey was taxed, and distilling was a normal part of the farmstead activities.Tales From the Moonshine Trade includes a wealth of pictures and stories from all the counties of Far Southwest Virginia, many of them humorous, and some tragic. Item: 30 Price: $15.00
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LEGENDS, STORIES AND GHOSTLY TALES OF ABINGDON AND WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA -  Hangings, hauntings, Civil War soldiers, and hidden treasure are all in these stories. Meet the ghosts of the Martha Washington Inn, the Barter Theatre, the Virginia Creeper Trail, Emory and Henry College and Saltville. By Donna Akers Item: 20 Price:$14.95
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FORGOTTEN TALES FROM ABINGDON, VIRGINIA AND HOLSTON RIVER VALLEY -  By Donna Akers.Forgotten Tales pulls the reader down a historical and long-lost pathway through Abingdon and Washington County, Virginia, and the region, with historic newspaper articles and ads, Civil War letters, oral histories, photographs from the past, and fascinating old stories. Item: 49 Price: $20.00
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THEN AND NOW: WASHINGTON COUNTY -  By Joe Tennis. Boasting three forks of the Holston River and a skyline of mile-high mountains, Washington County lies at the heart of the Virginia Highlands.Today, many miles of its railroad lines have become trails, and towns like Damascus, Abingdon, Mendota, Meadowview, and Glade Spring have grown from villages among wilderness. From Clinch Mountain to Konnarock, and from Three Springs to Glade Spring, "Then and Now: Washington County, Virginia" highlights the history and beauty of this mountainous land, showing images from the late 1800s to the late 1900s, contrasted with contemporary photographs of Washington County as it appears today. It is a journey of wild waters, wild wonders, side-of-the-road stories, and yes, even a few legends. Item: 390 Price: $21.99
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WASHINGTON COUNTY REVISITED -  By Donna Akers128 pps. Item: 389 Price: $21.99
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SALTVILLE, VIRGINIA -  Pictorial history of Saltville, Virginia.By Jeff Weaver. Item: 52 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: $16.00
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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
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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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ABINGDON, VIRGINIA THEN AND NOW -  By Donna Akers. Item: 5 Price: $21.99
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WASHINGTON COUNTY -  Pictorial history. Item: 395. Price: $21.99
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ABINGDON, VIRGINIA -  Pictorial history Item: 4 Price: $21.99
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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
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Stand and Face the Morning - Stand and Face the Morning tells a robust, romantic story of the Musick and Lewis families of Colonial Virginia, who followed the migration down the Great Wagon Road into the backcountry of the Carolinas. The narrative follows them through the trials of hewing homesteads from the wilderness, wrestling with the choices of allegiance at the onset of the Revolutionary War, and struggling for survival as they are caught up in the bitter civil war which engulfs their homeland. By Helen S. Owens. Publisher: Xlibris Corporation. 566 Pages. Item: 258 Price: $24.00