A Historical History of Albemarle

Courtesy of Google Books, “Rev. Edgar Woods’ 1901 Albemarle County in Virginia” (PDF), his 412 page history of the county. I’m excited about reading this.  #

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  • This turns out to be a pretty interesting read. It’s written in what appears to be a totally random order. Paragraphs are thrown together without apparent regard for whether they relate to the prior one. There are chapters, but I’m yet to discern any cohesive themes in each one. (I’m only on Chapter 3.) But it’s actually kind of endearing. It’s like the author is just some confused old guy telling stories, but the stories are really interesting.

    The appendices are the best part, IMHO. Appendix 8 is a listing of “Emigrants from Albemarle to Other States.” Appendix 6 is a listing of all county officers, dating back to 1745. Appendix 2 is a listing of everybody who signed up for the Albemarle Militia in 1758, “for the defence and protection of the frontier against the Indians.” (I think “the frontier” was, like, Staunton.) Appendix 9 is a listing of deaths, by year. It’s informative to read over all of these lists of names. There are so many last names of families that I had no idea had been here for so long.

  • It’s impressive (though not surprising) how many names of local folk around White Hall show up in the book. (Lots of my neighbors have roots going back to the 18th or early 19th century in these parts.) Plenty of references to my backyard mountain, Bucks Elbow, and its northern sibling, Pasture Fence. (FWIW, I find it rather disturbing that a Google Books search on “Buck’s Elbow” turns up two novels by Tim LaHaye among the top hits… nothing to do with Albemarle. Also sort of amazing that they’ve scanned this book:


    maybe from a UVa copy? I doubt that there are more than a couple dozen copies in any library.)

  • Wow, “Sole Survivor: The Crash of Piedmont Flight 349 Into Bucks Elbow Mountain” sounds great. I had no idea that there was a story about that guy’s survival. (Incidentally, Rey Barry told the story of how he discovered that sole survivor two years ago, and it’s a hell of a tale. I know you heard that podcast, David, but I link to it here for those who missed it.) But did they actually scan this book in? I can’t find any links to read anything within the book.

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