Early days in Louisa County, VA -- which today encompasses the communities of Bumpass, Gordonsville (part), Louisa, Mineral, and Trevilians -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 40 page booklet, comprised of excerpts from three rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe; Twelve Counties of Virginia by John H. Gwathmey; and Virginia, a Guide to the Old Dominion, a WPA Writer's Program publication. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# 8 1/2 x11" paper, with the print enlarged to fit the paper. The front cover is protected with a vinyl sheet. The brief but informative excerpt from the Howe history, printed in 1845, covers the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, with interesting historical notes and sightseeing possibilities. The bulk of this booklet is Gwathmey's 1937 contribution, sub-titled "Where the Western Migration Began", a rich resource for the names of early families. Many of these settlers and/or their descendants later migrated to the "western" states of Kentucky, Ohio, etc. Because the booklet is comprised of excerpts from several sources, there may occasionally be duplication of material. Among the many subjects discussed are: Physical Features of the Area, Louisa as an east-west passageway, especially in time of war; Lafayette's route known as "The Marquis Road", the Three Chopt Road, the Louisa Road, and the Old Mountain Road; Yanceyville; the brief life of Dabney Carr, a favorite son; the Poindexter family, and the romantic tale of the patriarch; Mining for gold, iron pyrites and whetstones; Spa at Green Springs Neighborhood; "The Granary of the Confederacy"; history of the Louisa Railroad (later the C and O); Louisa in Revolution and other wars; the hanging of two Tories; Louisa members of the House of Burgesses; Jack Jouett's ride from Cuckoo Tavern to warn Jefferson that "the British are coming"; Patrick Henry's years in Louisa and notes on his famous speach opposing the Stamp Act; the Battle of Trevilians involving Generals Wade Hampton, Phil Sheridan, George Custer, and Fitzhugh Lee; various Louisa County courthouses; early forms of punishment, and a few examples; early county officials; early justices of the peace; Civil War officers; "Tap" Thrice, who was seven times wounded; Peter Francisco, a giant with a five foot sword; Admiral David Watson Taylor, chief of naval construction; Stately Homes in the county, and their early owners; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. Illustrations include: the Louisa Courthouse. Among the family names not previously mentioned are: Overton, Winston, Campbell, Johnson, Leake, Callis, Bagby, Minor, Harris, Dabney, Page, Kent, Jones, Fowler, Richardson, Goodman, Gordon, Trice, Meriwether, Lane, Grimsley, Sims, Porter, Hunter, Meredith, Coleman, Hope, Richardson, Cammack, Pettit, and Watson.