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The Great Valley Road of Virginia

Shenandoah Landscapes from Prehistory to the Present
Edited by Warren R. Hofstra and Karl Raitz
awards:

Allen G. Noble Book Award, Pioneer American Society (2010)

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The Great Valley Road of Virginia chronicles the story of one of America’s oldest, most historic, and most geographically significant roads. Emphasized throughout the chapters is a concern for landscape character and the connection of the land to the people who traveled the road and to permanent residents, who depended upon it for their livelihoods. Also included are chapters about the towns supported by the road as well as the relationship of physical geography (the lay of the land) to the engineering of the road. More than one hundred maps, photographs, engravings, and line drawings enhance the book’s value to scholars and general readers alike.

Published in association with the Center for American Places