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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


Fishing the Roanoke Valley

An Angler's Guide M. W. Smith

With easy access to the Roanoke and James Rivers, Carvins Cove Reservoir and Smith Mountain Lake, and the many other streams and lakes in Bedford, Botetourt, Franklin, Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Roanoke, and Rockbridge Counties, anglers in the Roanoke Valley are blessed with some of the finest... More


The Science of Fly-Fishing

Stanley Ulanski

The foundations of fly-fishing history, literature, and mechanics are firmly anchored in the disciplines of science, yet until now there has been no comprehensive work that integrates scientific components into the sport of angling for trout and other game fish. The Science of Fly-Fishing fills... More


Virginia Reconsidered

New Histories of the Old Dominion Kevin R. Hardwick and Warren R. Hofstra

In their introduction to Virginia Reconsidered, Kevin Hardwick and Warren Hofstra note that "Virginia’s history is powerfully situated, in both the popular and the scholarly imagination." Even recalling only a handful of the many memorable figures and events of Virginia history—George Washington,... More


Virginia's Wild Side

50 Outdoor Adventures from the Mountains to the Ocean Curtis J. Badger

Fair warning to all of Virginia’s couch potatoes: Curtis Badger has compiled such an engaging and refreshingly unconventional treasury of outdoor adventures that you may be compelled to give up your seat. He will send you in pursuit of rare salamanders on the slopes of Mount Rogers, to dig clams on... More


Sugarloaf

The Mountain's History, Geology, and Natural Lore Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown

Listen for the calls of nesting ravens and warblers, watch the growth of wild geranium and black cohosh, and savor the first autumn blush in the tupelo trees. Revel, as did Frank Lloyd Wright, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt—among generations of other amateur naturalists—in... More


Waters of Potowmack

Paul Metcalf. With a foreword by John Casey

Waters of Potowmack is a documentary history of the Potomac River and its wide, fertile basin—the setting for much of early United States history. A collage of primary accounts, it extends from the first explorers and colonists, the building of the Capitol, and the incidents of the Civil War... More


Snakes of Virginia

Donald W. Linzey and Michael Clifford

The classic field guide to snakes found in the Old Dominion, now available in paperback.


Fishing the New River Valley

An Angler's Guide M. W. Smith

"Care not, I, to fish in seas Fresh rivers best my mind to please Whose sweet calm course I contemplate And seek in life to imitate." —Izaak Walton With Walton's lines as inspiration, M. W. Smith launches us on an informative journey to the best fishing spots in and around the New River Valley.... More


Ladies and Gentlemen on Display

Planter Society at the Virginia Springs, 1790–1860 Charlene M. Boyer Lewis

Each summer between 1790 and 1860, hundreds and eventually thousands of southern men and women left the diseases and boredom of their plantation homes and journeyed to the healthful and entertaining Virginia Springs. While some came in search of a cure, most traveled over the mountains to enjoy the... More


Let Me Lie

Being in the Main an Ethnological Account of the Remarkable Commonwealth of Virginia and the Making of Its History James Branch Cabell. Foreword by R. H. W. Dillard

When Let Me Lie was first published in 1947, most reviewers missed the double meaning of the book's title. Deaf to James Branch Cabell's many-layered ironic wit, they read the book as a paean to the old South.Readers of this new paperback edition are unlikely to repeat the mistake. Let Me Lie is... More


Migrants against Slavery

Virginians and the Nation Philip J. Schwarz

A significant number of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Virginians migrated north and west with the intent of extricating themselves from a slave society. All sought some kind of freedom: whites who left the Old Dominion to escape from slavery refused to live any longer as slave owners or as... More


Enjoying Virginia Outdoors

A Guide to Wildlife Management Areas Bob Gooch

Most outdoor enthusiasts in Virginia have hiked, camped, paddled, hunted, or fished in the state's many parks, refuges, and other public lands, from the barrier islands to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, but few know about another wonderful resource, the Commonwealth's... More


Williamsburg, Virginia

A City before the State: An Illustrated History Martha Hamilton-Phillips and Robert P. Maccubbin, eds.

The first comprehensive history of Williamsburg, Virginia, this handsome volume instantly becomes the standard reference on more than three hundred years of the city's fascinating history. Founded as the capital of Virginia in 1699 and named in honor of King William III (1650-1702), Williamsburg... More


Bound Away

Virginia and the Westward Movement David H. Fischer and James C. Kelly

Bound Away offers a new understanding of the westward movement. After the Turner thesis which celebrated the frontier as the source of American freedom and democracy, and the iconoclasm of the new western historians who dismissed the idea of the frontier as merely a mask for conquest and... More


Norfolk

The First Four Centuries Thomas C. Parramore

The first comprehensive history of Norfolk to appear since 1930, Norfolk: The First Four Centuries tells the story of America's largest maritime port from the first contact between a Spanish sailor and a Chiskiack man in 1561 to the city's late twentieth-century concerns, including pollution of the... More


The Virginia Landmarks Register

Calder Loth, ed.

The fourth edition of The Virginia Landmarks Register is an entirely new, fully illustrated compilation of the state's buildings, structures, sites, and districts that have been officially designated as historic landmarks by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources over the past thirty years. The... More


The Moderates' Dilemma

Massive Resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia Matthew D. Lassiter and Andrew B. Lewis, eds.

In 1958, facing court-ordered integration, Virginia governor J. Lindsay Almond Jr. closed public schools in three cities, one of the first instances of the "massive resistance" embraced by conservative southern politicians in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. This action provoked not only... More


Once There Was a Farm

A Country Childhood Remembered Virginia Bell Dabney

Nearly fifty years after she left the family farm of her childhood, Virginia Bell Dabney was compelled to write a memoir. She and her two sisters were raised on a Virginia farm during the hardscrabble years of the 1920s and 1930s. Her determined, independent mother managed to make a life for her... More


Seashore Chronicles

Three Centuries of the Virginia Barrier Island Brooks M. Barnes and Barry R. Truitt, eds. Foreword by William Warner

ASSATEAGUE, Chincoteague, Parramore, Smith's, Hog, Wallop's: The names of Virginia's isolated barrier islands evoke their beauty and wildness, their dynamic ecology. Drawing chapters from the writings of novelists, naturalists, journalists, and outdoorsmen, Seashore Chronicles presents the history... More


Democratizing the Old Dominion

Virginia and the Second Party System, 1824–1861 William G. Shade

The emergence of the two-party system in the 1830s led to the democratization of the nation and to decades of heated dispute about democracy. In Democratizing the Old Dominion, the first comprehensive study of antebellum Virginia politics, William G. Shade demonstrates that Virginia typified the... More


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