Virginia History 
See also: Culpepper of Virginia ...Bubble Houses...Ghosts of Virginia
How the Constitution came about

    Herndon - A Town and Its History by Charles V. Mauro
A definitive volume about a Virginia town steeped in history and enriched by a multitude of exceptional characters who have shaped it over the years. Chapters include: Prehistory; The Railroad, a Tragedy, and how the town got its name; Civil War; End of the War, beginning of the town; the 20th Century, Electrification and the "Big Five;" Heyday; Building a Community; World Events; and Post War Changes.
Note: This book is out of print. Considered valuable, we will sell you a used copy.
6½" x 9¼" 224 pages, index, photos, paperbound
#169 Herndon History $24.95

  Herndon - A History in Images by Charles V. Mauro
Mauro follows his Herndon - A Town and its History with this book of fascinating and vintage photos, many showing buildings and farms that are no longer there. There is an emphasis on the town's heyday of dairy farming. One highlight is a 1905 town map with many of the houses identified.
Note: We purchased the last few copies from the publisher, rendering this book out of print.
6½" x 9¼" 160 pages, index, photos, paperbound
#183 Herndon Images $19.95

 The Gold Dominion
1. The Commonwealth of Virginia, "The Old Dominion," was one of the first gold-producing states in the country.
The earliest known written reference to gold in the state was made by Thomas Jefferson in 1782.
A gold-bearing rock weighing four pounds was found on the north side of the Rappahannock River near the town of Falmouth.
2. The first loded deposit in the state was discovered near Shady Grove Church in Spottsylvania County in 1806.
Early on, gold was extracted by "placer" mining wherein miners ran water through gravel they had dug from a stream bed. Gold is heavy and falls to the bottom of the container while the gravel and sand washes out.
Before the Civil War, 1861 to 1865, mine workers included slaves whom the mine bosses owned or rented from nearby plantations.
4. In 18332 the Virginia legislature chartered the state's first incorporated gold mine company. The Virginia Mining Co., owned by a few New Yorkers, operated a mine on Mine Run in Orange County.
5. Between 1806 and 1947 more than 300 mines in the Old Dominion produced 98,609 troy ounces of gold.
At today's prices ranging around $1,100 per ounce, the value of Virginia's gold was more than $108 million.

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Here are two volumes containing reproductions of Flashbacks cartoons:

 A Cartoon of the District of Columbia Flashbacks Volume One Patrick M. Reynolds brings history to life with a sense of humor. His exciting drawings put you on the scene with the conflicts, madness, plus the wheeling and dealing that resulted in the location and construction of the U.S. capital city. This book covers the early history of DC from 1776 to 1863. You'll be surprised at how many cities served as the U.S. capital; you'll be amazed that the city was built--despite all the bickering, petty jealousies, and down-right stupidity.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index,
paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F1 Cartoon History of DC $14.95
  DC Neighborhoods Flashbacks Vol. Two Artist-writer Patrick M. Reynolds takes you to the Washington that tourists seldom see The U.S. capital expanded with the growth of public transportation into such areas as Shepard Park, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Capital Hill, LeDroit Park, Tenleytown, Brookland, and others. Stories in this book go back to the explorations of Capt. John Smith in the 1600s and the Indian Wars of early Virginia, continuing into the 20th century with the introduction of the cherry trees to Washington and the end of segregation in public schools.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index, paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F2 Cartoon History of DC $14.95

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