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New River Guide: Paddling and Fishing in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia

Bruce Ingram

The New River is one of the most changeable and fickle rivers on the East Coast and also one of the most beautiful and rewarding. It attracts anglers, canoeists, kayakers, rafters, bird watchers, rock climbers, and those who simply enjoy the great outdoors. The New River Guide provides an indispensable overview of this untamed and scenic waterway as it winds through three states, including the bucolic South Fork in North Carolina, the ridges of Virginia, and the gorges of West Virginia. Both casual and hardcore anglers will learn of the best places to fish for smallmouth bass. Canoeists will find the most enticing sections to paddle, whether they prefer placid stretches or white water. Rafters and kayakers headed for Class IV rapids in the New River Gorge will find The New River Guide a must-read. This new edition for 2015 includes updated and expanded information on favorite float trips, fishing spots, access points, bass lines and lures, and river guides and other resources.

West Point (Images of America)

William J. Addison

West Point, located at the juncture of three rivers, is a tapestry of the American experience. The peninsula was a stronghold and religious center for the Powhatan tribes of eastern Virginia and the site of many significant events at the beginning of English settlement in America. Its story includes Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas, and Capt. John Smith. In 1655, the West family became the first British to settle the peninsula, and Bacons Rebellion was brought to an end there in 1676. Martha Washington was born and raised near the town that was also home to Carter Braxton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. West Point was a site of Lafayettes artillery during the Battle of Yorktown. With the coming of the railroad, it became a valuable port fought over during the Civil War and later a steamship hub and riverside resort. The 20th century saw influences of immigration, two world wars, and the struggle for civil rights. Native son Gen. Chesty Puller became an iconic hero of the Marine Corps. This rich legacy is explored through images with an emphasis on the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century.

National Geographic Guide to 100 Easy Hikes: Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware

Barbara A. Noe

Includes directions and descriptions for one hundred urban and natural hikes that are five miles or less, and are rated as easy, medium, or difficult.

Civil War Sites: The Official Guide To The Civil War Discovery Trail

Civil War Preservation Trust

This easy-to-use guide, completely revised and updated in clear, concise prose, features more than hundreds of sites in 31 states--solemn battlefields, gracious mansions, state parks, cemeteries, memorials, museums, and more. Specific directions, hours, and contact information help to plan the trip; evocative description and detailed maps help orient you when you're there. Also, boxed sidebars highlight select people and events of the Civil War.

Touring Virginia's and West Virginia's Civil War Sites (Touring the Backroads)

Clint Johnson

To most history travelers, Virginia IS the Civil War. It is the state where the Battles of Chancellorsville, FredericksburgPetersburg, the Wilderness, and Manassas took place. The city of Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy. Appomattox saw the surrender of Lee to Grant. The campaigns that were fought here were led by some of the war's most visible leaders_Lee, Jackson, Grant, Meade, Sheridan, Stuart, Mosby.

This guide also includes West Virginia, which was created from a section of Virginia early in the war.

Pricketts Fort

Greg Bray

Pricketts Fort was built on the land of Jacob Prickett in 1774, during what is known as Lord Dunmore's War. It provided sanctuary for local settlers before and during the American Revolution and was a safe haven from the attacks of American Indians until the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794. Constructed by local militia on a small rise near the confluence of Pricketts Creek and the Monongahela River, Pricketts Fort provided refuge for approximately 80 families. The fort itself was large by 18th-century standards. It had blockhouses at each corner, with walls 12 feet high and 110 feet long. Although the fort was never attacked, many outlying homes were, and a number of settlers lost their lives. Today, Pricketts Fort hosts visitors looking to learn more about day-to-day life on the western Virginian frontier.

Kids Love Virginia: A Family Travel Guide to Exploring "Kid-Tested" Places in Virginia...Year Round!

George Zavatsky

Discover where ponies swim and dolphins dance, dig into archaeology and living history, ore be dazzled by world-class caverns and a natural bridge. Make short vacation plans or get to know your favorite area better. Each chapter is a day trip zone including points of interest, events and suggested lodging and dining.  Choose from nearly 600 listings in one book about Virginia travel with kids ages 2-15. Some well-known attractions plus 100s of places you probably never thought of!Save Time.  Take just 20 minutes and glance at our hand-picked FAVORITE itineraries to plan a Quick Tour in one area of the state.  Searching countless hours on the internet? We give you fast travel facts, prices, and our exclusive, expert kid-tested reviews for every listing (expanded in this edition). We did the work so you don't have to. Your won't find this information together anywhere else! The best things to do and see for all the family - visited and assessed for kid-friendliness by real parents. Save Money. We've found places to visit for little or no charge! And, once a customer purchases the book, they have access to online UPDATES to keep the book FRESH for years.

Virginian Railway, The (VA) (Images of Rail)

Princeton Railroad Museum

The Virginian Railway existed as a separate entity for only a half century, but that period of American history witnessed two world wars and the emergence of the United States as a global superpower. Henry Huddleston Rogers, who marshaled the development of the U.S. oil industry through his leadership of Standard Oil, invested $30 million of his personal wealth into the making of the Virginian. He speculated that south-central West Virginia coal would fuel America’s Industrial Revolution. Although Rogers died before his railroading dream could realize its full potential, the Virginian Railwaycontinued on from 1909 until its merger in 1959 with the Norfolk and Western Railway (now Norfolk Southern). During that time, the Virginian grew to a point that it was originating from 1,200 to 1,500hundred-ton carloads of coal per day and serving 60 active coal mines. It earned a reputation for power, service, and efficiency that placed it among the great railroads of America.

Monticello: A Guidebook

Susan R. Stein

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is an international treasure. The only residence in America on the United Nations' World Heritage List, it ranks with the Great Wall of China and the pyramids of Egypt as an irreplaceable historical site. Monticello: A Guidebook is a fully illustrated guide to the house, gardens, and plantation, with authoritative information on Jefferson's extraordinary life and career. Senior members of the Monticello professional staff have prepared this guidebook especially for visitors to Jefferson's mountain.

Way Out in West Virginia: A Must Have Guide to the Oddities and Wonders of the Mountain

Jeanne Mozier

Way Out , as the subtitle states, is a must have for anyone interested in exploring the numerous nooks and crannies that make up West Virginia. Mozier describes with wit and detail nearly 600 of the state's really wild and wacky offerings. Get the scoop on moldy mummies, the state food ( the pepperoni roll), great plumbing, Cornstalk's Curse, the only town in the country you enter through a parking garage, and tons more. Mozier will delight both the adventurer and armchair traveler alike.

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