Bird's Eye View of Fredericksburg: Its History

By Jane Kosa, CRRL Staff

From the Central Rappahannock Regional Library


The Face of Virginia: A Pictorial Study by A. Aubrey Bodine.
There is no panoramic map of Fredericksburg, however, there are six local entries: Kenmore, Mary Washington College, Marye's Heights, the Masonic Lodge, the Hugh Mercer Apothecary, and the James Monroe Law Office.

Handbook of Historic Fredericksburg, Virginia by Barbara Pratt Willis and Paula S. Felder.
This book is a must when touring Fredericksburg sites. Read the interesting facts about the twenty-nine places included.

In Fredericksburg: The Past & Presence of an Old Town edited by Ronald Shibley with photographs by Taylor Biggs Lewis.
Take a reading tour of the historical tree-lined streets, homes, and buildings of Fredericksburg. The vivid color of the photographs makes one feel present on the very spot described. Also examine the other two Shibley books: Historic Fredericksburg: A Pictorial History and Fredericksburg.

Spotsylvania County W.P.A. Historical Inventory by the Works Projects Administration.
This four-volume set contains detailed descriptions of many Fredericksburg homes. This information was included in the Virginia Historical Inventory Project.

The Streets of Fredericksburg by Edward Alvey, Jr.
Researches 160+ street names and provides interesting related details.


Of Houses & Time: Personal Histories of America's National Trust Properties by William Seale.
This illustrated story of seventeen houses spans three centuries. Five of the seventeen houses portrayed are in Virginia: Belle Grove, Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, Montpelier, Oatlands, and Woodlawn.

Old Virginia Houses series by Emmie Ferguson Farrar and Emilee Hines.
This multi-volume set shows homes in various Virginia regions. See photographs of the architecture, interiors, outbuildings, and other special features. The book also provides some related history and legends. The volume Along the Fall Line contains Fredericksburg homes.

Virginia Plantation Homes by David King Gleason.
This statewide tour of distinctive plantation homes shows interiors and furnishings, gardens and grounds. See colonial, English, Georgian, and Jeffersonian architectural styles. View aerial perspectives of the entire property.


English Country Houses by Vita Sackville-West .
Read a brief history of the English country house and its inhabitants from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

The English Country House: A Grand Tour by Gervase Jackson-Stops and James Pipkin.
Tour each house room by room. Includes Castle Howard, Cotehele, Stourhead, Houghton, and Holkham.

Debrett's The Stately Homes of Britain by Sibylla Jane Flower.
Present-day owners introduce twenty of Great Britain's most beautiful homes.

Gardens of the National Trust by Stephen Lacey.
Stephen Lacey paints a vivid picture of a wide range of National Trust gardens while incorporating all of English gardening's major periods.

Great English Homes: Ancestral Homes of England and Wales and the People Who Lived in Them by Mark Bence-Jones.
View past and present scenes of more than fifty of the finest homes in England and Wales and learn some of the history of each one. All of the homes included in this book are open to the public.

The National Trust Guide to England, Wales and Northern Ireland by Robin Fedden.
This work includes more than two hundred historic buildings of architectural and historic importance, from cottages & farms to princely country houses. The book also contains maps, a glossary, a listing of properties with directions for visitors, and an extensive index.

The National Trust: Historic Houses of Britain by Adrian Tinniswood.
The author examines thirty of the National Trust houses and analyzes the history of their construction, appearance, and occupants.

Web Sites

Garden History, Visit and Travel Guide
This site provides garden tour information, maps, and history. This is a good starting point for information on gardens anywhere in the world.

The National Trust
This is the National Trust Web site for the United Kingdom. Search the "Places to Visit" section to find sites to see. There are also many other helpful links.

Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929
This site offers "bird's-eye" views of nineteenth and early twentieth century cities and towns across the United States and Canada. Each map contains a detailed look at architecture and urban planning of the period, and allows users to zoom in on particular areas. There are five ways to search this collection: keyword, geographic location, subject, creator, and title. "View of Fredericksburg, Va. Nov. 1862" is included.

This webliography accompanied the Lunch With History lecture "Birds Eye View of Fredericksburg: Its History," presented by David Voelkel, Asst. Director/Curator, James Monroe Museum, on May 21, 2003.