Historic Sites in Virginia's Northern Neck and Essex County

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  • Copyright: 2011-01-31
  • Publisher: Univ of Virginia Pr
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Historic Sites in Virginia's Northern Neck and Essex County is an indispensible guide for those who have an active or potential interest in the rich history of the Northern Neck region of Virginia and its historic sites. This six-county Tidewater region includes the birthplaces of George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, and Robert E. Lee. The guide includes a brief history of the region beginning with the exploratory voyages of Captain John Smith up the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers in 1608, and his encounters with various local Native American tribes. The 460 historic sites described here range from grand plantations such as Stratford Hall, to the modest early homes of middling planters, to early churches, schools, and courthouses. Most of these sites still exist, but some "lost" sites are also included because of their historical significance, and as reminders of the continuing need for active preservation efforts. The book contains 445 photos together with 36 maps showing the location of these historic sites. The general cutoff date for inclusion was the Civil War, but the guide contains descriptions of some later sites as well, including many early African American schools and churches, and important sites involving the steamboat and fishing industries.

Table of Contents

Projccl Volunteersp. iii
Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Mapsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Northern Neck Region: Historical Overviewp. 5
King Georgep. 39
Westmorelandp. 71
Northumberlandp. 115
Lancasterp. 153
Richmondp. 181
Essexp. 205
Some Conclusions and Lessons for Historic Preservation in the Northern Neck Regionp. 247
Glossary of Architectural Termsp. 249
Appendix: Historical Societies, Preservation Groups, and History Libraries and Museums in the Northern Neck Regionp. 253
Photography Creditsp. 255
Index of Historic Sitesp. 257
General Indexp. 263
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