Virginia’s back roads and rural areas are dotted with traces of once-thriving communities. General stores, train depots, schools, churches, banks, and post offices provide intriguing details of a way of life now gone. The buildings may be empty or repurposed today, the existing community may be struggling to survive or rebuilding itself in a new and different way, but the story behind each community’s original development is an interesting and important footnote to the development of Virginia and the United States.
Lost Communities of Virginia documents thirty small communities from throughout the Commonwealth that have lost their original industry, transportation mode, or way of life. Using contemporary photographs, historical information, maps, and excerpts of interviews with longtime residents of these communities, the book documents the present conditions, recalls past boom times, and explains the role of each community in regional settlement.
|Publisher:||University of Virginia Press|
|Product dimensions:||12.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Terri Fisher is Outreach and Programs Coordinator at the Community Design Assistance Center at Virginia Tech, Executive Director of the Giles County Historical Society, and author of two pictorial histories of Giles County, Virginia. Kirsten Sparenborg is a member of the studio of Sottile & Sottile Urban Analysis & Design in Savannah, Georgia. She works as an artist and designer in the field of preservation in Washington, DC.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lost Communities of Virginia is a treasure chest of a book, waiting for you to open, explore, and enjoy! The images, narratives from community residents, and pieces of history unknown to most are AMAZING! The book's organization by community type helps to place the communities in the context of their original development or boom time. I was not disappointed in the least with this purchase!