Early days in the County of Spottsylvania, Virginia -- which encompasses the present and/or past communities of Fredericksburg, Germanna, Partlow, Snell, Spotsylvania and Thornburg -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 35 page booklet, comprised of excerpts from three rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe (1845); New Roads in Old Virginia by Agnes Rothery (1929); and Virginia, a Guide to the Old Dominion, a WPA Writer's Program publication (1940). The spiral-bound booklet is printed single-sided, with the print enlarged to fit the 8 1/2 x 11" 60# paper. The front cover is a parchtex card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. The excerpt from the Howe history takes an 1845 look at the area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes and sightseeing possibilities. Rothery's contribution shows a depth of knowledge, an understanding of the character of the people, and a love of Virginia. Among the many subjects discussed are: Beginnings of the county; the Ancient town of Germanna; a visit with Col. and Mrs. Spotswood; Fredericksburg Fairs; Gen. George Weedon; Biography of Gen. Hugh Mercer; Col. Fielding Lewis, brother-in-law of George Washington; "The Washington Farm" and info on George Washington's parents; Lewis Littlepage; John Forsyth, a native of Fredericksburg who became governor of Georgia; where the Old Dominion got its nickname; Historic spots, including Chatham Mansion, Mannsfield Hall Country Club; Salem Baptist Church; Site of Spotswood's Iron Furnace; Battle of Chancellorsville; the Jackson Monument; Alexander Hays Monument; Spotsylvania Tavern; St. George's Church; small 1940 street map of Fredericksburg; the Presbyterian Church, the Courthouse, the Masonic Lodge and Cemetery; the James Monroe Law Office; Hugh Mercer's Apothecary Shop, Rising Sun Tavern, Mary Washington's relationship with her famous son; Kenmore, home of Washington's sister; the John Paul Jones Home and other interesting bits of history and trivia. Illustrations include a picture of Fredericksburg from the Washington Farm and Chatham, an estate designed by Christopher Wren.
Spottsylvania County, VA
Sources: Historical Collections of Virginia / History of Spotsylvania County / History of Fredericksburg
Authors: Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1845
Original Publisher: Durrie and Peck and J.W. Barber
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