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  • “I, Too, Am America”: Archaeological Studies of African-American Life

    The moral mission archaeology set in motion by black activists in the 1960s and 1970s sought to tell the story of Americans, particularly African Americans, forgotten by the written record. Today, the archaeological study of African-American life is no longer…


  • “We Must Fight!” The Private War Between Patrick Henry and Lord Dunmore

    Written by George T. Morrow II, this book retells the story of intrigue between Patrick Henry and Lord Dunmore in 1775 when Virginian's struggled to decide whether war with England was inevitable. 


  • A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America

    Cited in virtually every colonial-era site study of North America, A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America holds a place of honor among historical archaeologists. It is a classic, highly sought-after handbook for the professional archaeologist, museum curator,…


  • Bacon’s Castle

    Bacon's Castle is one of the architectural gems of Virginia. Built by Arthur Allen in 1665, the house was home to generations of Virginians before it was acquired and restored by APVA Preservation Virginia in 1973. This new guidebook…


  • Celebrate Virginia! Cookbook: The Hospitality, History, and Heritage of Virginia

    Celebrate Virginia! is a celebration of all that is Virginia. It honors the unparalleled heritage of hospitality and history for which Virginia is renowned. This beautiful cookbook features a combination of recipes, interesting historical sidebars, and anecdotal descriptions of food-related…


  • Getting Started in Genealogy Online

    Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE is so basic that it brings the world of Internet genealogy into instant focus. Designed as a beginner's guide, its 64 pages pack more clout than any 64 pages ever written on the subject of…


  • Historic Sites in Virginia’s Northern Neck and Essex County: A Guide

    This is an indispensible Guide for those who have an active or potential interest in the rich history of the Northern Neck region of Virginia and its historic sites. This six-county Tidewater region includes the birthplaces of George Washington, James…


  • In Search of your British and Irish Roots

    Whether you conduct your research in person or by mail, this celebrated manual -- now in its Fourth Edition -- will guide you in finding your ancestors in Britain or Ireland. Noted genealogist Angus Baxter provides detailed instructions for locating…


  • In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life

    History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in…


  • Jamestown, The Buried Truth (Book)

    What was life really like for the band of adventurers who first set foot on the banks of the James River in 1607? Important as the accomplishments of these men and women were, the written records pertaining to them are…


  • Jamestown: Postcard History Series

    The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History series is Jamestown from local author Catherine E. Dean. The book boasts more than 200 vintage postcards and memories of days gone by.

    In May 1607, three ships arrived at…


  • Kingsmill Plantations 1619-1800: Archaeology of Country Life in Colonial Virginia

    In 1971 William Kelso happened almost by chance on an archaeological find that would open a new door on the rural history of colonial Tidewater Virginia. Erosion had revealed a brick well shaft in a cliff on the James River;…


  • Lion of Liberty

    In this action-packed history, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger unfolds the epic story of Patrick Henry, who roused Americans to fight government tyranny—both British and American. Remembered largely for his cry for “liberty or death,” Henry was actually the first…


  • Reading Early American Handwriting

    This book is designed to teach you how to read and understand the handwriting found in documents commonly used in genealogical research. It explains techniques for reading early American documents, provides samples of alphabets and letter forms, and defines terms…


  • The Archaeology of 19th-Century Virginia

    The Archaeology of 19th-Century Virginia portrays the cultural and physical transitions taking place in the 1800s, including consumer goods, ethnic diversity, industry, Civil War battlefield preservation, and the settlement of western Virginia.


  • The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy

    By law and by custom, women's individual identities have been subsumed by those of their husbands. For centuries women were not allowed to own real estate in their own name, sign a deed, devise a will, or enter into contracts,…


  • The John Marshall House

    This full-color guidebook is the next best thing to visiting the John Marshall House in person. Built between 1788 and 1790, this Richmond landmark was home John Marshall, third Chief Justice of the United…


  • The Powhatan Indians of Virginia: Their Traditional Culture

    Among the aspects of Powhatan life that Helen Rountree describes in vivid detail are hunting and agriculture, territorial claims, warfare and treatment of prisoners, physical appearance and dress, construction of houses and towns, education of youths, initiation rites, family and…


  • The Virginia Adventure: Roanoke to James Towne, An Archaeological and Historical Odyssey

    In The Virginia Adventure, Noël Hume turns his attention to the two earliest English settlements in Virginia, Roanoke and James Towne, with fascinating results. Combining information gathered through excavations of the sites with contemporary accounts from journals, letters, and official…


  • Tidewater Virginia Families

    Covering an incredible 375 years, this book sets forth the genealogical history of some forty families who have their roots in Tidewater Virginia, families whose very history mirrors the social development of Virginia itself. Starting with the earliest colonial settler,…


  • Written In Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland

    How did the colonists of Jamestown and Maryland live and die? Forensic anthropology provides an incredible array of answers. Scientists can look into a grave and determine the skeleton's gender, age at time of death, nationality, and sometimes even economic…