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"Keystone of the Commonwealth"
James City County: Keystone of the Commonwealth traces the social and cultural history of the land upon which North America's first permanent English colony was planted. Opening with the area's aboriginal inhabitants and closing with the 1990's, the story describes the settlement and development of what became James City County. Taken into account are the numerous cultural groups that have played a role in the country's history. Three of the book's eighteen chapters provide detailed coverage of Black History, Education, and Religion/Churches.
Also included are ten appendices containing the names of early landowners, public officials, and members of the military.
Because of the bulk of James City County's antebellum records were destroyed during the Civil war, the author has drawn upon documents generated by the overarching branches of government. She has also made abundant use of manuscripts and maps found in numerous American repositories and in England, Ireland, and Bermuda. All of these sources have been used to reconstruct James City County's social and cultural landscape. The author's keen interest in historical geography is very much in evidence, as she has linked numerous events to the locations in which they occurred. James City County: Keystone of the Commonwealth, which is carefully annotated, is destined to become an indispensable source to anyone interested in Virginia history.
About the Author
Martha McCartney, author, lecturer, and award-winning historian, has spent her career studying the history of her native Virginia. Following graduation from the College of William and Mary, she began the first of many associations with organizations in the state that have sponsored far-ranging archaeological excavations, field surveys, and collaborative historical research projects over the last generation. She served as coordinator of the National Register and Review Compliance programs at the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology and has been a frequent consultant to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, National Park Services, and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. McCartney's special interest in Virginia's first century, including its ethnohistory, has taken her on far flung assignments to England, Ireland, and Bermuda - important stepping stones to the New World and the Old Dominion. In 1996 she received the Historic Preservation Award from James City County.
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