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Popes Creek Plantation: Birthplace of George Washington

By Charles E. Hatch, Jr.

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A lengthy, illustrated guide to George Washington's birthplace, also known as Pope's Creek Plantation or Wakefield.

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Tidewater Dynasty: The Lees of Stratford Hall

By Carey Roberts and Rebecca Seely

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From Tom Lee to Robert E. Lee, who made the fateful decision to turn from the nation he loved to defend the state he loved more, the Lees of Virginia dominated both their local and our national landscape.
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The Stronghold, a Story of the Historic Northern Neck of Virginia and Its People

By Miriam Haynie

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Mrs. Haynie tells in story form the history of the Northern Neck of Virginia covering the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Mrs. Haynie writes about the distinguished men and women - George Washington and Robert E. Lee among them - who were born there. She also discusses and records many of the traditions and customs unique to this region of the state. Invaluable as a reference book for those interested in the history of Virginia.
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Westmoreland County, Virginia, 1653-1983

By Walter Biscoe Norris, Jr., Editor

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This 699-page standard was printed by the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors in 1983.
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African-American Education in Westmoreland County

By Cassandra Burton

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"...a unique study of the traditions, institutions, and people who were involved in teaching and educating the black population throughout the county. In this volume, with many never-before-published photographs, you will take a visual journey through the area's past and visit the one and two-room schoolhouses of Templemans, Potomac, and some of the smaller areas, such as Frog Hall and Mudbridge; and meet the dedicated and creative teachers and their students who studied and learned in this picturesque region nestled between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers."
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Westmoreland County

By Cassandra Burton

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Local author and historian Cassandra Burton has compiled a fitting tribute, in word and image, to the black community of Westmoreland County. Containing over 200 black-and-white photographs, Westmoreland County details many different facets of everyday life over the past 150 years, exploring the area's agricultural, educational, social, and spiritual elements.
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The Life of Cople Parish, 1664-1964, in Westmoreland County, Virginia

By Bertha Lawrence Newton Davison

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"A compilation of five articles originally published in the Northern Neck of Virginia historical magazine."
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In the Path of History: Virginia between the Rappahannock and the Potomac: An Historical Portrait

By Nan Netherton, Ruth Preston Rose, Ross Netherton

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Tells of how the early Virginia counties developed along the Northern Neck from the beginnings of settlement through the Civil War period.
Includes an index and over 325 black and white as well as color images.
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Laying the Hoe: a Century of Iron Manufacturing in Stafford County, Virginia: with Genealogical Notes on over 300 Families

By Jerrilynn Eby

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For nearly a century, iron manufacturing dominated the economic, social, and political fabric of Stafford County, Virginia. In the mid-1720s Principio Iron Company, the eighteenth-century leader in American iron production, built a charcoal-fired blast furnace on Accokeek Run in Stafford. Accokeek’s furnace and store served customers within a six-county region. Employment opportunities at the furnace created a diversified economy and encouraged people from all walks of life to settle there.

The late 1750s witnessed the creation of James Hunter’s Iron Works near Falmouth. Originally intended as a forge and multi-purpose milling facility, this operation quickly grew to be the New World’s largest manufacturing center, producing a wide variety of consumer goods as well as quantities of weapons and supplies for Continental troops.

In addition to exploring the scope of each business and its impact upon the region in which it existed, the author has identified hundreds of people involved with or employed by Accokeek Furnace and Rappahannock Forge.
The only known surviving business ledger from Accokeek Furnace is included as a CD-ROM in the back of the volume.
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Men of Mark: Officials of Stafford County, Virginia, 1664-1991

By Jerrilynn Eby

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Burgesses, senators, and delegates -- Justices of the peace -- Miscellaneous county officials -- Post offices and post masters of Stafford -- Business licenses.

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