You are here

Virginiana


Virginia Fishing Guide



Bob Gooch. Updated by M. W. Smith

In this second edition of Bob Gooch’s Virginia Fishing Guide, M. W. Smith offers an updated version of a classic work of Virginia outdoor literature. Providing a new preface and appendices, Smith also recasts the volume’s introduction and site listings to reflect such changes as new "catch and... More


Lost Communities of Virginia



Terri Fisher and Kirsten Sparenborg. Foreword by William Ferris

Virginia’s back roads and rural areas are dotted with traces of once-thriving communities. General stores, train depots, schools, churches, banks, and post offices provide intriguing details of a way of life now gone. The buildings may be empty or repurposed today, the existing community may be... More


The Horse in Virginia

An Illustrated History


Julie A. Campbell

Virginia's horse tradition goes back 400 years, to when horses accompanied some of the first settlers in Jamestown. Since then, the state’s special relationship with the horse has never waned. Virginia has been home to some of the most notable breeds in the world—nurturing the Thoroughbred and... More


The Fight for Fairfax

A Struggle for a Great American County


Russ Banham

The Fight for Fairfax presents the story of a group of local citizens in Fairfax County, Virginia, and their efforts over the past half-century to invent a place that would be more than simply a Washington, D.C., suburb. Told from the group’s point of view, the book chronicles their vision of... More


City of Trees

The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C., Third Edition


Melanie Choukas Bradley and Polly Alexander. Text by Melanie Choukas-Bradley Illustrations by Polly Alexander

Washington, D.C., boasts more than three hundred species of trees from America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and City of Trees has been the authoritative guide for locating, identifying, and learning about them for more than twenty-five years. The third edition is fully revised, updated, and expanded... More


Conserving the Commonwealth

The Early Years of the Environmental Movement in Virginia


Margaret T. Peters. Edited by Patrica Cecil Hass. With an afterword by FitzGerald Bemiss

Conserving the Commonwealth is the book that anyone interested in conservation and environmental issues has been waiting for. This history describes the earliest days of Virginia's environmental movement, recounting the efforts of a farsighted group of leaders to preserve Virginia's priceless... More


John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages, 1607-1609



Helen C. Rountree, Wayne E. Clark, and Kent Mountford

Captain John Smith's voyages throughout the new world did not end--or, for that matter, begin--with the trip on which he was captured and brought to the great chief Powhatan. Partly in an effort to map the region, Smith covered countless leagues of the Chesapeake Bay and its many tributary rivers,... More


Remarkable Trees of Virginia



Nancy Ross Hugo and Jeffrey Kirwan. With photographs by Robert Llewellyn

This stunning collaboration between the noted garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo and the photographer Robert Llewellyn showcases the fruits of an effort begun in 2004 to research, locate, and photograph Virginia’s most remarkable trees. Four years later, more than one thousand trees had been officially... More


Legacy

Walter Chrysler Jr. and the Untold Story of Norfolk's Chrysler Museum of Art


Peggy Earle

The Norfolk museum that would one day bear the Chrysler name was always a good museum of its kind, home to a respectable collection serving a smallish city. But when Norfolk native Jean Outland married Walter Chrysler, heir to the automobile manufacturing fortune and an avid art collector, the... More


An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees

350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland


Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown

A thorough yet user-friendly companion to the authors’ popular paperback Sugarloaf: The Mountain’s History, Geology, and Natural Lore—both books are the result of a ten-year collaboration—this volume is an exquisitely illustrated guide to 350 eastern woodland wildflowers and trees found on site at... More


In Good Keeping

Virginia's Folklife Apprenticeships


Jon Lohman. Photographs by Morgan Miller

Pairing experienced master artists with eager learners, folklife apprenticeships in Virginia help ensure that a particular art form is passed on in ways that are conscious of history and faithful to tradition. With In Good Keeping: Virginia’s Folklife Apprenticeships, author Jon Lohman and... More


A Natural History of Quiet Waters

Swamps and Wetlands of the Mid-Atlantic Coast


Curtis J. Badger

Although swamps today are recognized as one of the richest and most prolific natural systems on Earth, they have long held a mysterious and tenuous place in America’s history and culture. Ernest Hemingway equated them with madness and death in "Big Two-hearted River." We have images of Humphrey... More


Fishing Virginia's Highlands

An Angler's Guide


M. W. Smith

Rich in angling lore, the secluded lakes and rivers of Virginia’s Highlands offer some of the best trout and smallmouth bass fishing found anywhere in the state. From the Alleghany Highlands in the north (which encompass Alleghany, Bath, and Rockbridge counties) to the Blue Ridge/Grayson Highlands... More


A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers



Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources. Compiled by Scott David Arnold

Including nearly nine hundred new and replacement markers that have been installed along the commonwealth's roadways since the last edition was published in 1994, this third edition of A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers brings together and updates the texts of more than 1,850 official... More


Outdoors Year Round

A Guide to Fishing and Hunting in Coastal Virginia and North Carolina


Stephen Conrad Ausband

To the west is a stretch of Interstate 95 running from the D.C. suburbs to the South Carolina state line. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean. What lies in between, a four-hundred-mile stretch of coastal country traversing Virginia and North Carolina, is home to some of the best hunting and fishing... More


Road Cycling in Central Virginia

A Guide


Susan E. George

For all those who have considered going for a ride after seeing cyclists pedaling pleasurably through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley, Sue George’s new guide provides all the information necessary either to get started or to increase an existing knowledge of... More


Fishing the Greenbrier Valley

An Angler's Guide


M. W. Smith

While sparsely populated, the Greenbrier Valley is home to some of the richest outdoor recreation resources in the mid-Atlantic. Boasting a combination of unspoiled backcountry, featuring spectacular gorges and falls and major resorts, including both Snowshoe Mountain and the venerable Greenbrier... More


Family Preserve



Dabney Stuart

Exhibiting the mastery of poetic line and sharpness of focus we have come to associate with Dabney Stuart’s work, this volume, Stuart's fifteenth, weaves a series of finely delineated portraits into a complicated fabric of relationship. Family Preserve gathers the family poems scattered throughout... More


The Wild Coast

Exploring the Natural Attractions of the Mid-Atlantic


Curtis J. Badger

The Eastern corridor of the United States may be notorious for overdevelopment, but Curtis J. Badger offers a challenge in his The Wild Coast: Exploring the Natural Attractions of the Mid-Atlantic: get off the highway and go see what the mid-Atlantic states have to offer. A companion to both... More


Lake Fishing in Virginia



Bob Gooch

Lake Brittle, Gardy’s Millpond, Powhatan Ponds, Keokee Lake, Lake Shenandoah... The number of lakes that offer great fishing in Virginia is substantial, from 3-acre Phelps Pond in Fauquier County to 50,000-acre Buggs Island Lake. Now trusted outdoorsman Bob Gooch has written the only comprehensive... More


Fishing the Shenandoah Valley

An Angler's Guide


M. W. Smith

The Shenandoah Valley is famous for its role in Civil War history and for its great natural beauty. But there is something else: it is a tremendous place to fish. Fishing the Shenandoah Valley: An Angler’s Guide is the latest stop in author M. W. Smith’s continuing tour of the Commonwealth‘s great... More


A Naturalist's Guide to the Virginia Coast



Curtis J. Badger

As Curtis Badger will tell you, "Being a good naturalist has more to do with being an enthusiastic observer than traveling to distant places. It is more a matter of curiosity than of a need for adventure, a frame of mind rather than peculiarity of place." A Naturalist’s Guide to the Virginia Coast... More


Kingsmill Plantation, 1619-1800

Archaeology of Country Life in Colonial Virginia


William M. Kelso

In 1971 William Kelso happened almost by chance on an archaeological find that would open a new door on the rural history of colonial Tidewater Virginia. Erosion had revealed a brick well shaft in a cliff on the James River; above this was an earthen fort and, a bit farther downriver, the remains... More


Albemarle

A Story of Landscape and American Identity


Avery Chenoweth and Robert Llewellyn

In Albemarle, photographer Robert Llewellyn and writer Avery Chenoweth explore how the landscape of Albemarle County, where the Virginia piedmont meets the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its people have helped create an American sense of identity.Complemented by Llewellyn's luxurious color photography,... More


Shenandoah

Views of Our National Park


Hullihen Williams Moore

The only collection of photographs devoted to one of America’s natural treasures, Shenandoah: Views of Our National Park documents one man’s decades-long fascination with this uniquely beautiful region in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Hullihen Williams Moore has been visiting Shenandoah National... More


Pages