Westmoreland County

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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Virginia Horse Racing: Triumphs of the Turf

By Virginia C. Johnson and Barbara Crookshanks

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Virginia, mother of presidents, is also the mother of American horse racing. From the very beginning, Virginians have risked it all on the track as eagerly as on the battlefield. Follow the bloodlines of three foundation sires of the American Thoroughbred through generations of rollicking races and larger-than-life grandees wagering kingly stakes, sometimes on horses not yet born.
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"Miss Hale is a slim, puny silent Virgin…."

By Philip Vickers Fithian

From the Journal and Letters of Philip Vickers Fithian, A Plantation Tutor of the Old Dominion, 1773-1774

Editor's note: the spellings are to period and from Mr. Fithian's diary.

Fryday 24.

La[s]t night we had a Gust of Rain & Thunder; very acceptable—To Day in course Mr. Christians Dance happens here--He came before Breakfast—Miss Jenny Washington came also, & Miss Priscilla Hale while we were at Breakfast