Early days in Westmoreland County, VA, "the Athens of Virginia," are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this booklet, comprised of excerpts from three rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe; Westmoreland County, Virginia (1912); and Virginia, a Guide to the Old Dominion, a WPA Writer's publication. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# 8 1/2 x11" 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. The 1912 excerpt contains a variety of articles on various aspects of the county, its history and it's famous sons. Famous names associated with the county include: Pres. George Washington, Pres. James Monroe, Col. Bushrod Washington, Richard Henry Lee, Light Horse Harry Lee, Robert E. Lee, and other members of the Washington and Lee families. Subjects include: Physical features of the county; George Washington Birthplace National Monument; Leedstown, the Southern Cradle of American Independence; Famous Resolutions Passed by the Patriots of Westmoreland, Tributes to Washington, Anti-Slavery Sentiment of Robert E. Lee, Tributes to Gen. Lee, "The Sword of Lee" by Father Ryan, the Lee family, dedication of Stratford (home of the Lee family) as a memorial, Agriculture, the town of Colonial Beach, verses by home poets, the passing of old homes into new hands, etc. Illustrations include: portrates of Col. John Augustine Washington, Hannah Bushrod Washington, George Washington, membrs of the Board of Supervisors, the Washington Monument at Wakefield, a painting called "Surrender of Lord Cornwallis," Stafford, Gen. Lee, a drawing called "Lee to the Rear," the Confederate monument at Montross, members of the Lee Family, Old Yeocomico Church, and the court house at Montross.
Westmoreland County, VA
Sources: Westmoreland County Virginia; Historical Collections of Virginia; History of Westmoreland County
Authors: Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1912
Original Publisher: The Arkansaw Traveler Publishing Co.
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