Synopses & Reviews
Including nearly nine hundred new and replacement markers thathave been installed along the commonwealth's roadways since the last edition waspublished in 1994, this third edition of A Guidebook to Virginia's HistoricalMarkers brings together and updates the texts of more than 1,850 official statehistorical markers placed along Virginia's highways since 1927.Divided for the firsttime into six geographic-cultural regions, this edition contains maps and threeindividual indexes that assist the reader in locating markers by title, number, orsubject matter. The subject index covers African American, Native American, andwomen's history; maps out key places in such areas as European exploration andsettlement, industry and agriculture, and transportation and communication; andcanvasses the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and such notablesites as courthouses, houses of worship, educational institutions, forts, and famoushomes and homesites. Vacationers and those simply out for a drive will stumbleacross sites as diverse as Jamestown and the birthplace of Booker T. Washington, thegraves of country music's Carter family and the original locations of northernVirginia's Nike missile installations, the places where paramount chief Powhatanfirst met with the English and where the artist Georgia O'Keeffe taught art, andLangley Field, which played a significant role in the history of manned spaceflight.Virginia has one of the oldest marker systems in the country, established in1927. The markers are no longer state funded, and so the program illustrates acollaborative effort between committed sponsors who offer financial support, theVirginia Department of Historic Resources, and the Virginia Department ofTransportation. The network holds great appeal for tourists and serves as a sourceof pride for local citizens.Travelers along Virginia's highways will find this guideboth useful and informative. The great legacy of Virginia's past is revealed onthese markers, making the book both a handy reference and a stimulus to greaterstudy of the history of the commonwealth.