including national parks, monuments, historic sites, and other park areas
Browse below for books on National Park System areas in Virginia,
or click for: Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Blue Ridge Parkway, Colonial National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Petersburg National Battlefield, Shenandoah National Park
19th CENTURY WHALING TALES. by James Temple Brown and Gustav Kobbe.
Pursuing the world's largest mammal in boats powered only by sail and oar.
Perhaps the sea's highest adventure was the whaling chase, as great or greater than exploring uncharted waters. Why else would men risk their lives and their families' securities? The money could be good, too, and for some, there was the chance at freedom, for the industry was mainly blind as to skin color at a time when opportunities for non-whites were scarce. The whaling industry flourished for two centuries, and its traditions are recounted in seaport museums and the stories here:
"Stray Leaves from a Whaleman's Log" is reprinted from Century Magazine, 1893. It tells about chasing of whales on a cruise from the standpoint of the individual whaleman.
" The Perils and Romance of Whaling" came out in Century Magazine in 1890. It gives more of the detail of the subject and also includes anecdotes of episodes from the early days.
A final section " Cutting in and Trying Out" explains the whale-butchering process. Period illustrations. 48 pages. See sample pages, illustrations.
Inventory = in stock. ISBN-10: 0-89646-089-4. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-089-8. Order #: VIST0089 paper $4.95.
Parks and museums now tell of this period of history, for instance at New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park in Massachusetts and Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.
ARLINGTON HOUSE: the Robert E. Lee Memorial. by National Park Service.
Story of home of Civil War leader which sits on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. and of Lee himself. How this West Point graduate (for three years its superintendent) and Army officer followed his loyalties to Virginia as it seceded from the Union to become the leader of the Confederate Army--and of the house's subsequent uses by Union forces with the Lee family's loss, regain, and eventual sale of the property, now adjacent to a national cemetery. Details the layout of the house and its grounds, slaves and slave quarters, furnishings, gardens. Associated sites are also described. Timeline of Lee's life is included. Illustrations include drawings, photographs, and maps in black-and-white and color, some historical. 48pages.National Park Service Handbook #133.
Inventory = 1. ISBN: 0-912627-23-9. 1985. Order #: USGB8814 paper $4.95.
THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. by Harley E. Jolley.
Describes the origins, development and beauty of this 469 mile scenic road that follows the crest of ridges and mountains on a ribbon-like course through scenery with vistas and past mountaineer residences and villages. Tells the political story leading up to the parkway's beginning and of the design and construction challenges to provide a road designed for pleasure instead of speed with no ugly scars on the landscape and opportunities to retain rustic settings while also providing travelers' modern conveniences and recreational opportunities. Mileage log of points along the way, bibliography, photographs, 184 pages, index.
Inventory = 1. ISBN: 0-87049-100-8. 1969. Order #: UNTN1267 paper$9.95.
#THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. Jolley.
Conception of this ridgeline road, history of land and people along the route, and guide. Photos, 186 pages.
Inventory = 2. ISBN: 0-87049-0-5. 1969. Order #: CORU2196 paper$5.95.
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: the story behind the scenery (NC/VA). Rives.
Ranges and ridges, mountain settlers, building the parkway. 70 color photos, 48 large-format pages.
Inventory = 4. ISBN: 0-916122-81-6.1. 1982. Order #: KCPU3812 paper$8.95.
CAMPAIGN FOR PETERSBURG: Petersburg National Battlefield. by Richard Wayne Lykes.
National Park Service Handbook # 134. Battle late in Civil War that lasted 10 months, trench warfare and tunneling and the explosion that created a crater, fortifications and equipment, dwindling of supplies for the Confederate troops an as a result their many defections, strategies of the opposing Union and Confederate forces, and final outcome that also caused the Southern capital at Richmond to fall and end the war. Maps and historical photographs., 80 pages.
Inventory = 3. ISBN: 024-005-00979-5. 1985. Order #: USGB2256 paper$5.95.
COLONIAL HOLIDAY TREATS: special recipes. by Hutcraft.
Over 100 easy-to-make special Christmas recipes--old and new--good for the holidays and some for any time of year. A long-standing title, with recipes for egg nog, angel wing popovers, southern short'nin'bread, old timey raisin spice cake, sweet potato pie, apple leather, tipsy cake. Contents include 96 recipes and variations for beverages, breads, cakes, pies and pastries, cookies, candy, miscellaneous foods, preserves, and relishes. Yuletide sketches, 25 pages.
Inventory = 52. ISBN: None. 1971. Order #: HUTC0623 paper$3.95.
COLONIAL KITCHEN HERBS AND REMEDIES: garden and kitchen secrets from early America. by Ferne Shelton.
As the early ships from Europe landed along the Atlantic coast, colonists brought their cherished seeds and plants because of virtues attributed to them in Old World medicine and cooking. Many plants indicated their usefulness to health by some aspect such as color, texture, or shape and some were named for their uses, such as " heal-all", "heartsease", "liverwort", etc. Dandelion wine was thought good for a blood tonic and the liver and kidneys, honeysuckle tea helped coughs, chest issues and nerves being "good for twitches". Chapters include Beverages and Wines, Herbs in Cooking, Useful Weeds, Household Ointments and Salves, Early Tobacco Mixtures, Lucky Charms. There was also Mary's Magic Foot tonic "to maketh the feet nimble and pains go away." Recipes, sketch drawings, 24 pages.
Inventory = 3. ISBN: None. 1972. Order #: HUTC2832 paper $3.95.
COLONIAL TREASURE COOKBOOK: special time-tested recipes from early America. by Ferne Shelton.
Hardy settlers along the Atlantic coast brought their food customs and family recipes from many different lands. Colonists provided fruits, meats, vegetables, and learned to use native foods. There were herbs from fancy flavors, beverages, and remedies. The kitchen became the heart of every home. Try crystallized orange peels, southern mint julep, dandelion wine, hopping john New Year's Day good luck dish, Brunswick stew, scalloped oysters, grandmothers molasses cookies, rum tum pie, and many more. Drawings, 24 pages.
Inventory = 1. ISBN: None. 1970. Order #: HUTC2835 paper $3.95.
COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK (VA): the story behind the scenery. Haskett.
First English colony in America--Virginia's Jamestown--and Yorktown Battlefield site where Britain surrendered. Color photos, 48 large-format pages.
Inventory = 2. ISBN: 0-88714-044-0. 1990. Order #: KCPU8720 paper$11.95.
THE EARTH-MAN STORY: starring Shenandoah Skyline--parks, man, and his environment. by Darwin Lambert.
Explore an environmental ethic for the Shenandoah National Park area. Presents history of area, with natural and cultural changes evolving into environmental considerations, illustrating what the environmental ethic and parks are all about. Over 80 photos, maps, 208 pages.
Inventory = 1. ISBN: 0-682-47501-7. 1972. Order #: MISC9392 paper$6.95.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS & SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARKS, BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY and surrounding area. by Dorothy Millikan.
Rand McNally National Parks Recreation Directory published in cooperation with National Parks Foundation. Includes Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Knoxville; and Chattanooga. Describes points of interest and rates each by must visit, worth visiting, and visit if time permits. Includes guided tours, seasons, gateways, scenic overlooks and drives, terrain, and activities plus concise coverage of the major sights of leading nearby cities. Color photographs, maps, 176 large-format pages, index.
Inventory = 1. ISBN: 0-528-84759-7. 1984. Back cover bent, scuffed. Order #: RAMC2399 paper$9.95.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, SOUTHERN BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. by Rand McNally.
Rand McNally National Parks Recreation Directory. Including surrounding area, Atlanta, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. History and sightseeing opportunities and scenic drives and tours are presented for localities, parks, and museums. Verify data pre-trip. Maps, 160 pages.
Inventory = 6. ISBN:0-528-84762-7. 1984. Order #: RAMC2952 paper $3.95.
THE LIGHT-HOUSES OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1874. by Charles Nordhoff & Gustav Kobbe.
Showing lighthouses and keepers on all U.S. coasts--Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf, and Great Lakes, with three extra articles by Gustav Kobbe: "Life in a Lighthouse", and if that isn't lonely enough there comes "Life on the South Shoals Lightship". Last is "Heroism in the Lighthouse Service".
Here are four articles on that romantic historic aspect of the maritime industry--the lighthouse. The first is a history and survey of lighthouses to 1874, giving a look at the federal service that operated them and how the lighthouses were run as well as their importance to shipping when when a light was main--sometimes the only--navigational aid. Then there are insights into keepers' lives in one of the most exposed lighthouses ever built (Minot's Ledge outside Boston Harbor). Portrayed, too is the role played by offshore lights on anchored ships. And recalled, too, are dramas and devotion to fellow man and duty that must never be forgotten. First published at the pre-1900 time when lighthouses held greatest importance: Lighthouses remain intriguing for their function and dramatic vertical architecture, and are now historic, recalling dramas of the past. Many of the lighthouses described are in national and state park areas and are maintained as historic sites, with museums and visitor centers open to the public. In many you can still climb to the top for a view keepers once saw. A visit to one of these is all the more meaningful with the insights gained from this collection of articles. 75 period engravings. 64 pages. See sample pages, illustrations.
Inventory = in stock in quantity. ISBN-10: 0-89646-086-X. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-086-7. Order #: VIST0086 paper $6.95.
MOUNTAINS AND MEADOWLANDS ALONG THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. by William A. Bake.
Presents the scenic beauty available to travelers of the Blue Ridge Parkway, from Pennsylvania t o Georgia. Covers not only mountains and meadowlands but also the wildflowers and trees plus animals and the mountain folk whose villages and homesites and even gravesites occur along the way along with local handicrafts and music. Color photographs, 46 pages.
Inventory = 1.ISBN: 024-005-00598-6. 1975. Order #: USGB2348 paper$5.95.
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, NORTHERN BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. by Rand McNally.
Rand McNally National Parks Recreation Directory. Including surrounding area with Washington, D.C. and Baltimore plus Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. History and sightseeing opportunities and scenic drives and tours are presented for localities, parks, and museums. Verify data pre-trip. 160 pages.
Inventory = 5. ISBN:0-528-84764-3. 1984. Order #: RAMC1169 paper $3.95.
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK. Ruth Radlauer.
Children's guide to human history and natural features: what and where the park is, story of pioneer settlers, wildlife, diversity of trees, seasons, backpacking. Color photos, 48 pages, map..
Inventory = 12. ISBN: 0-516-47744-7. Order #: CHIL2066 paper $4.95.
SHENANDOAH: the story behind the scenery (VA). Crandall.
Ancient mountains, forest trees, wildflowers, man in VA National park. 81 color photos, 48 large-format pages.
Inventory = 4.ISBN: 0-916122-15-8. 1982. Third printing. Order #: KCPU4088 paper$8.95.
SIGNALS OF THE SEA AND HEROES OF THE SURF: the epic story of America's light-houses and life-savers, written at their heyday. by Arthur Hewitt and John R. Spears.
Two of the most romantic traditions of the sea are here combined to form the content of this book--light-houses and life-savers. Stories of the work of the keepers and savers span the range from daytime monotony, and even loneliness, between storms, to the thrill of daring sea rescues in raging winter surf. Through all, dedication of the men involved shines as brightly as the lights they tended and as steadily as their massive surfboats while heading through the breakers to sea. Reprinted from The Outlook for 1903 and 1904. Good reading for anyone intending to visit the many lighthouses and life-saving stations maintained as historic sites on all U.S. coasts. Period engravings. 24 pages. See sample pages, illustrations.
Inventory = in stock. ISBN-10: 0-89646-088-6. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-088-1. Order #: VIST0088 paper $4.95.
SKYLAND: the heart of the Shenandoah National Park. by George Freeman Pollock.
History of how the Skyland resort was founded in 1894 on a plateau on Stony Man Mountain long before this park was created, written by an individual deeply involved in the area for his lifetime, with insights on how the area became a national park. Describes natural history of region, staff and guests of resort, pageants. Historical photographs, reference notes, 299 pages.
Inventory = 1. ISBN: None. 1960. Order #: MISC3949 paper$9.95.
SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN COOK BOOK. by Ferne Shelton..
Over 175 old-timey Highland recipes and remedies from the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains: apple brown betty, gooseberry preserves, roasted quail, fried green apples, Smoky Mountain mystery cake, rhubarb nectar, corn pones, pickled d crab apples, and many more both unusual and more traditional. 32 pages.
Inventory = 4.ISBN: None. 1964. Order #: HUTC0622 paper $3.95.
THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE--1880:
predecessor to today's Coast Guard by J. H. Merryman.
Story of chain of life-saving stations that once lined all U.S. coasts--Atlantic, Gulf, Great Lakes, Pacific--with rescue dramas, apparatus and technique used by heroic federal surfmen. The U.S. Life-saving Service was at its heyday when this material was written in 1880. Shipping was a busy industry among the seaport cities, yet navigation was often unsure, and storms poorly predicted. Wrecks were all too common; ships in peril were even run toward shore to founder them where they would be closer to possible rescue. A chain of life-saving stations on all four U.S. coasts was therefore established to save lives. Accounts of heroism at these lonely outposts remain amazing--and chilling. Our author was chief inspector of the board examining these station's crews. He tells of the organization of the Service, the desperate need for the life saving function, of rescues, and of rescue methods and apparatus. Today many of these stations are maintained as historic reminders of past deeds, and several are in parks and/or include museums. Some provide demonstrations of how rescues were made in the surf and by lifeboats. Read this book and visit one or several of the stations on any coast for an appreciation of the life-saving service heritage. 79 period illustrations. 64 pages. See sample pages, illustrations.
Inventory = in stock in quantity. ISBN-10: 0-89646-071-1. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-071-3. Order #: VIST0071 paper$6.95.
List of National Park System areas in Virginia:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Assateague Island National Seashore
Blue Ridge Parkway
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Cape Henry Memorial part of Colonial National Historical Park
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park
Civil War Defenses of Washington
Colonial National Historical Park
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Fort Monroe National Monument
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Great Falls Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Historic Jamestown part of Colonial National Historical Park
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
Petersburg National Battlefield
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Prince William Forest Park
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Shenandoah National Park
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Washington-Rochambeaui Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Yorktown Battlefield part of Colonial National Historical Park
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