Early days in Orange County, VA -- which today encompasses the communities of Barboursville, Burnleys, Burr Hill, Eheart, Gordonsville (part), Locust Grove, Mine Run, Montford, Montpelier Station, Nasons, Orange, Rhoadesville, Somerset, Thornhill, and Unionville -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this New 52 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 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, including interesting historical notes and sightseeing possibilities. Gwathmey's 1937 contribution, sub-titled "Where the Western Migration Began" is 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, a list of old homes in the county; examples of crimes and punishments; portraits in the courthouse; Civil War officers from Orange Co.; President Zachary Taylor, a native son; the spelling of "Dolly" or "Dolley" Madison's name; German Immigrants; Gov. Spotswood; a tame deer in a 'china shop'; the Church of the Blind Preacher: James Waddel, a famous orator, made more famous by William Wirt; Montpelier, home of James Madison; the Barbour family; Indian Burial Mound; the County and various wars; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. Illustrations include: the Church of the "Blind Preacher", Montpelier; and the Orange Courthouse.
Orange County, VA
Sources: Historical Collections of Virginia / History of Orange County
Authors: Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1845
Original Publisher: Durrie and Peck and J.W. Barber
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