Historical Collection Of Virginia: Southside

by Dr. Henry Howe
85 Pages, Illustrations, Perfect Bound, Softcover, VA-0646, $8.50

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The following counties are covered in Southside:
Albemarle
Amelia
Amherst
Bedford
Brunswick
Buckingham
Campbell
Charlotte
Chesterfield
Cumberland
Dinwiddie
Fluvanna
Halifax
Hanover
Henrico
Louisa
Lunenburg
Mecklenburg
Nelson
Nottoway
Pittsylvania
Powhatan
Prince Edward
Packed with information, this reprint begins with a table showing the relative agricultural, manufacturing, and mercantile weath of the various counties. There are columns for cattle, sheep, swine, wheat, rye, Indian corn, oats, potatoes, etc. It continues with a brief synopsis of each county and sketches on early pioneers.

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HISTORY EXCERPT

Alleghany was formed in 1822, from Bath, Bottetourt, and Monroe. Its mean length is twenty-six, mean breadth twenty miles. Most of the county is a high mountain valley, drained by the head waters of the James. The main Alleghany chain forms its boundary on the west; Peter's mountain and Warm Spring mountain divide the county into two nearly equal parts, having only a narrow gap at Covington, and the Middle Mountain and Rich Patch form its southeastern boundary. The passage of Jackson's River through Waite's mountain, is a sublime feature of the nature scenery of the county. Population in 1830, 2,816; 1840, whites 2,142, slaves 547, free colored 607, total 2,749.

SKETCH EXCERPT

Peter's Mountain derived its name from Peter Wright, a famous hunter at the time of the first settlement, who was accustomed to hunt upon it. He resided near the present site of Covington. Near the house of Mr. John Lewis, there is, on the roadside, a large shelving rock, called Peter's Rock, where, says tradition, he sought shelter in a snow storm. There he lay for several days, until the snow was four feet deep, when he was obligated to eat his moccasins to prevent starving. He at length discovered and shot a deer, which furnished him with food. He left, at his death, two sons, both of whom emigrated to the west many years since.

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