Greene County, Virginia (Images of America Series)

Greene County, Virginia (Images of America Series)

by Greene County Historical Society


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Greene County covers less than 160 square miles, the western portion of which became part of Shenandoah National Park in 1935. The Blue Ridge Mountains have played an important role in its history. Travel between the eastern Piedmont and the Shenandoah Valley through Swift Run Gap has been a defining feature for thousands of years, beginning with the Native American tribes. By 1736, most of the land was taken up in patents from the British Crown. A thriving village that became Stanardsville developed close to the mountains and was a coach stop on the “Richmond Road.” During the 19th century, many small hamlets with schools, stores, and churches grew up in the mountains and at the crossroads. In 1838, the county was formed from the western part of Orange County, and its Jeffersonian courthouse was built. One century later, the Shenandoah National Park changed the face of the county. Today, over a million visitors to the park each year enjoy the time they can spend there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738597836
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,167,008
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

With generous help from many families, the Greene County Historical Society has collected images from attics, scrapbooks, and private collections to tell the story of a unique place. Since 1978, the society has been collecting and preserving items that illustrate the history of the area. Many documents and photographs donated over the last three decades contribute to the story told in these pages

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early History 9

2 Ruckersville and Stanardsville 19

3 War 31

4 The Mountains, the People, and Their Stories 43

5 Education 55

6 Harvesting the Land's Bounty 67

7 Church, Post Office, and Store 77

8 Leisure Time 89

9 Civic Life 101

10 Families and Friends 111

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