20th century

Fredericksburg in the 20th Century

Four Mayors of Fredericksburg: An Oral History by Archer Williams.
Former mayors Charles Cowan, Josiah Rowe, Edward Cann, and Lawrence Davies give their impressions of the city's growth under their administrations, from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Virginia Highways

From the Central Rappahanock Regional Library

Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life by Tom Lewis.
The monumental story of the largest engineered structure ever built -- the American interstate highway system -- is told in dramatic text and pictures. This is the companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name.

Getting There: The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century by Stephen P. Goddard.
A well-done bit of social history, with its focus on the triumph of the road builders.

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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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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Stafford County, Virginia: Veterans and Cemeteries

By Homer D. Musselman

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A useful resource for genealogists as well as those interested in military history.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia: Eclectic Histories for the Curious Reader

By Ted Kamieniak

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People who visit Fredericksburg can be entranced with its sometimes quirky ways and people. This volume tells tales not oft repeated from the city's and its surroundings' past.
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African Americans of Spotsylvania County

By Terry Miller and Roger Braxton

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The African American community emerged from the ravages of war after more than 140 years of slavery. The community formalized the institutions they developed for survival during those years and charted a path for their growth. This volume pays homage to religion, work, service, education, and the human touch that brought families through undeniably difficult times.
Terry Miller is a writer and frequent visitor to Spotsylvania, and Roger Braxton is a native whose family can be traced to the early 1800s. Their combined curiosity about local history has produced a work of historical insight, humor, and reverence to an ancestral past. The photographs and accompanying stories come largely from private collections of Spotsylvania African Americans who gratefully shared their ancestors' heritage with the wider world.
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