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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press (May 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974270733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974270739
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 12.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lost Communities of Virginia sets down short, engaging stories of 30 spots off the beaten track throughout the state. It is a dream book, inlcuding photos of buildings that may or may not still stand. Part of the authors' purpose in writing the volume was to embrace these fading towns and "record both their architecture and the lives of their citizens." They also have hopes of revitalizing them.

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[R]eading Lost Communities of Virginia made me wish that I had gone to Virginia Tech...I would have gotten involved in the Community Design Assistance Center and the Lost Communities of Virginia Project....I am still pretty jealous of the Hokies who got to perform all the research and write the beautiful book that is Lost Communities of Virginia.

(Read Southside Virginia)

This volume is readable, informative, and beautifully illustrated, all reasons to spend quiet time with it.

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About the Author

Terri Fisher is Outreach and Programs Coordinator at the Community Design Assistance Center at Virginia Tech, Executive Director of the Giles County Historical Society, and author of two pictorial histories of Giles County, Virginia. Kirsten Sparenborg is a member of the studio of Sottile & Sottile Urban Analysis & Design in Savannah, Georgia. She works as an artist and designer in the field of preservation in Washington, DC.


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When I noticed this book, I immediately had to have it..
Ron Squire Steffey
If the latter, chances are you have run across or at least heard of one of the places in this book.
Knerrd
This book highlights some of the great towns and communities that shaped our state and country.
C. Merritt

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Watkins on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up at a nearby bookstore and couldn't put it down for hours. If you have a soft spot for rundown, lonely, and deserted (or at least formerly popular and populous) places in Virginia, this is the book for you. Each section includes a map of Virginia with the appropriate county of the locations shaded in and several photographs of said communities. The historic research is impressive and the layout is such that you aren't presented with huge, dry chunks of text but comfortable paragraphs that lead you along like stepping stones across a brook. Some of these places aren't too far from where I grew up (Tidewater) and where I live now (the New River Valley) and I'm tempted to plan a road trip or two to take some of them in. Good work all around.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Albee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2011
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Most people don't think of Virginia when they hear the term "ghost town." California, Nevada, Colorado... maybe, but Virginia?

Yes. The outward migration from Virginia, from 1800 to 1840, to places like Kentucky and Tennessee left the first wave of Lost Communities. Then, economic and demographic shifts away from industry, from 1890 to 1940, left a second wave of Lost Communities.

This book is a treasure of memories and "better days," beautifully written and photographed. The book is a chronicle of down-and-out places in Virginia, organized by economic determinants such as "transportation hubs" or "natural resource extraction." All of these places still exist, but most barely so.

The authors have taken the time to write the histories of these places with great care and accuracy. They have included many transcripts from interviews with local people that are just PRICELESS. And, of course, the photography presents the story, assets, and preservation opportunities(!) of each community with an artistic eye.

This book is not an architecture catalog, and it is not a travel guide. It is really a photo essay, framed by text of sincerity and scholarly rigor.

It's a beautifully bound hardback, printed on high quality paper and photo stock. Includes a good index and bibliography.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Knerrd on August 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is tailor-made for you if: 1) you have an appreciation for American history and the struggles and triumphs it has offered, or 2) you have lived in Virginia for any amount of time. If the latter, chances are you have run across or at least heard of one of the places in this book. As its title suggests, many (but not all) of these once successful (if not thriving) towns have met their demise for one reason or another. As the title of the review suggests, the photographs in the book are both beautiful and haunting (many at the same time). The stories and the pictures work extremely well together. The writing is very good and the authors give a brief but detailed history about each town, and back it up with quotes and stories from the people or relatives who lived, or still live, there.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By happy buyer on March 22, 2012
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When I saw a review of this book in the newspaper, I ordered a copy with great expectations. I'm basing my comments on my familiarity with Capeville , VA. My father was born on one of the barrier islands in 1897 and grew up in Capeville. We visited the Eastern Shore often as my mother was from Cape Charles. There were several glaring errors in the Capeville piece that really caused me to wonder about the accuracy of this work. The owner of the Capeville store was a Mr. Wilkins - not the one with "the funny name", Muggins. My father grew up in a home at the end of the road behind the store. I was born in 1938, and every time we visitd the shore, which was often, we stopped by the store. I remember Mr. Wilkins always gave me a piece of candy, and we bought some cheese cut from a big wheel of cheese. A novelty for me. Mr Wilkins eventually closed the store and I am told passed away in a local nursing home.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was built in the year stated, but certainly did NOT connect the tip of Eastern Shore with Newport News - it landed in Virginia Beach on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. That's one fact easily checked for accuracy, but apparently wasn't.
That being said, there is great value, sentimental and otherwise, in presenting the photos and the validated history of these towns. I think of all the real people who lived here (Capeville in my instance), and died here. Of all the real life drama - some of which I know through aged aunts, and cousins - that occurred here. And of the many others that I never knew but hopefully others remember in these buildings, homes, schools, etc. And their stories live on. . . .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail S. Kregloe on September 8, 2011
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Great coffee table book and it so happens I don't live far from one of the communities.
Several people have enjoyed reading the book while visiting.
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Good book; great photos. Makes a good gift for anyone interested in Virginia history. Although I grew up in Virginia, I had not heard of some of these very small communities.
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By Stuart Pleasants on March 3, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. These lost communities are of great interest to me. I have visited some of these communities on motorcycle trips, but I did not know much about the history of the sites. The information in the book really adds to the enjoyment and I look forward to seeing some of these sites again.
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