Our Newest Publication: The Artist at Melrose - Ellen Miyagawa Collection edited by Judith Mickelson and David W.C. Bearr. A combination of pen and ink drawings of historic Fluvanna buildings by the late Society president and local artist, Ellen Miyagawa. Color plates included in this collection of Ellen's artwork. Paperback edition $20 PUB 14. 2013. Click for order form.
Publication: Virginia's Palmyra - The Shiretown of Fluvanna by David W.C. Bearr. A photographic essay of the Village of Palmyra. Vintage and contemporary photos by local photographers. Available now. Paperback 2nd Edition $20 PUB -13. Click for order form.
Please note: The Index for Fluvanna History publications #80 and #81 are now available at no charge to members. If you would like a copy sent by mail or email, please contact Judith Mickelson at email@example.com for your your copies.
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Fluvanna History #1: Lafayette's Visit to Fluvanna County - November 3, 1824, by Mrs. W. W. Bercaw and Mrs. R. E. Lee's Visit to Bremo - November 1865, by E. H. Lacy, Jr. These two brief historical sketches reveal interesting details of two periods during which Fluvanna warmly received famous visitors. 1965. 16 pages.
Fluvanna History #2 -#3: Gleanings of Fluvanna History, by General Edwin Cox. Compendium of notes from a talk delivered at Coles Tavern in Wilmington offers a scholarly survey of Fluvanna history. 1965. 44 pages. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #4: The Point of Fork Arsenal: Fluvanna County's Revolutionary Landmark, by Richard Crouch. Historical study of the development and utilization of a vital facility in the colonial struggle against the British. 1967. 16 pages.
Fluvanna History #5: The Rivanna Navigation Company, by Minnie Lee McGehee. Detailed presentation of the story of the navigational system along the Rivanna River, its various phases through years of use, and a field guide to remaining structures today. 1967. 24 pages. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #6: John Hartwell Cocke: Southern Original, by Boyd Coyner. An address delivered to the Society September 13, 1964, in which the progressive and many-faceted career of General Cocke is examined, along with a descriptive account of his three Fluvanna plantations. 1968. 16 pages. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #7: Fork Union During the Civil War, by Virginia DeMott Cox. A series of letters to and from the author's grandmother, Oranie Virginia Snead (Mrs. W. E. Hatcher). These letters penned during the Civil War give a colorful picture of the village of Fork Union and the attitudes of some of its citizens. 1968. 24 pages.
Fluvanna History #8: Things I Remember, by Sallie Sadler Cleveland. Excerpts from the poignant memoirs of a lady in her ninety-third year. Fascinating account of daily life in Fluvanna during the Civil War and afterwards. Emphasis on home life and cultural matters. 1969. 24 pages.
Fluvanna History #9: Statistical Abstract of Fluvanna County, by Minnie Lee McGehee. Formation of the County in 1777, the first Federal census and various Directories of 1835, 1868, 1877 and 1890 are included. 1969. 40 pages.
Fluvanna History #10-#11: Old Mills of Fluvanna, by Minnie Lee McGehee. Romantic lifestyle of past era is detailed with emphasis on grist mills, weirs, sluices, dams and fast-flowing streams. 1970. 36 pages. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #12: Highways and By-Ways of Fluvanna County, by Dr. Malcolm Harris. The development of the earliest public roads is carefully detailed with data on establishments along the roads and how they functioned in an earlier day. Map. 1971. 28 pages. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #13-#14: Diary of James Galt of Point of Fork, with introduction and interpretive comments by Minnie Lee McGehee. Excerpts from a valuable old diary covering the Civil War period. Family background and notes on the Point of Fork mansion included. 1971. 36 pages.
Fluvanna History #15: Post Offices of Fluvanna - Places and People, Part I, by Minnie Lee McGehee. Fluvanna’s postal service and sketches of long gone communities, including list of postmasters from 1796-1930 from the National Archives. 1972. 32 pages. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #16: Post Offices of Fluvanna - Places and People, Part II. 1973. 32 pages. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #17: The Dream Still Lives! by Major L. H. Halliburton. History of Fork Union Military Academy, emphasizing the founding of the school, published in its Diamond Jubilee Year. 1973. 24 pages.
Fluvanna History #18: Sons of Lyles, by Minnie Lee McGehee. Story of Lyles Baptist Church and some of its leaders: Dr. Sparks W. Melton, Dr. R.E. Loving, Dr. Mosby Seay. 1974. 32 pages.
Fluvanna History #19: Fluvanna County in the Revolution, by James C. Bradford. Relates Fluvanna’s contribution to struggle for freedom including claims of citizens for impressed property. 1974. 28 pages.
Fluvanna History #20: The Golden Paradox of Fluvanna, by John D. Horn. Survey of the geology of the county and detailed histories of old gold mines with interesting sidelights of the men who owned and operated them. 1975. 32 pages. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #21: Appointment with Nostalgia - A Historical Sketch of the Village of Fork Union, by Major L. H. Halliburton. Includes an historical overview of the village and a chronology of important events in Fork Union history. 1975. 36 pages.
Fluvanna History #22: Bicentennial of Fluvanna County, 1777 – 1977 - The Formation of Fluvanna County, by Minnie Lee McGehee. Concentrates on the reasons for forming a new county, the problems and controversies at the time of the formation. Discusses new county, parish, Revolution. 1976. 44 pages.
Fluvanna History #23: At Court Held for Fluvanna County... Edited by Dr. Ransom B. True. Court orders of the first eight months after county's formation in August 1777 including names of first justices, county officials and many facts pertaining to county life. 1976. 32 pages.
Fluvanna History #24: The Revolutionary War in Fluvanna, by Minnie Lee McGehee. Covers troop movements in Fluvanna in 1781 and maneuvers of Lafayette, von Steuben, Cornwallis, Tarleton, Simcoe and their troops. Special emphasis on action at Point of Fork Arsenal. 1977. Map. 32 pages. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #25: Point of Fork Arsenal in 1781, by Minnie Lee McGehee. The Arsenal from the viewpoint of the carpenters, armorers, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, wagonmasters, cobblers, tailors. 1977. 24 pages.
Fluvanna History #26-#27: The Timberlakes - Shaping Fluvanna, by David W. C. Bearr. Timberlake family in the years 1777-1865, and various aspects of early Fluvanna life – political, business, religious and social. 1978. Map. 44 pages.
Fluvanna History #28: Old Taverns of Fluvanna - Part I. Researched by Col. James R. Cranford, written by Minnie Lee McGehee. An account of public houses in Fluvanna, concentrating on old ordinary or tavern buildings still standing. 1979. 24 pages. Limited quantities. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #29: Old Taverns of Fluvanna - Part II. Continues with accounts of ordinaries and taverns no longer in existence. 1979. Map. 28 pages. Limited quantities. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #30: The Broken Back Conference and the Beginnings of Methodism in Fluvanna, by Minnie Lee McGehee. Story of the struggle to found the Methodist denomination of churches which had its roots in a conference held in Fluvanna in 1779. 1980. 28 pages.
Fluvanna History #31: William Galt, Jr., 1801-1851 - Antebellum Fluvanna Planter - Part I, by Dr. G. Melvin Herndon. An account of the plantation Glen Arvon and its owner with emphasis on the agricultural reform movement in Virginia. 1980. 28 pages.
Fluvanna History #32: William Galt, Jr., 1801-1851 - Antebellum Fluvanna Planter - Part II. Plantation life and institution of slavery is explored in continuation of Galt’s life. 1981. 36 pages. Reprint.
Fluvanna History #33: James River-Kanawha Canal in Fluvanna, by Ellen Miyagawa. Detailed look at the old canal as it wound its way along our southern boundary, from its construction in 1840 until it was supplanted by the Railroad. Tells of delights of pre-war packet boat travel. 1982. Map. 36 pages.
Fluvanna History #34: ...At a Place Called Palmyra, by David W. C. Bearr. The history of Palmyra, its founding families (the Timberlakes and Shepherds), its homes and public buildings from 1813 to 1860. 1982. Map. 44 pages.
Fluvanna History #35: ...At a Place Called Palmyra, a continuation of Bulletin No. 34 and the Shepherd family from 1860-1930. Detailed sketches of the Civil War, Reconstruction, schools and early businesses. 1983. 48 pages.
Fluvanna History #36: Journey to the Past - Seven Islands and Shores, by Ellen Miyagawa. Nostalgic story of 19th century county life along the James River and old canal. Saga of early families, Middleton Mills. 1983. Map. 36 pages. Reprint available.
Fluvanna History #37: Years With the Airline, by Noel Harrison. An account of the building of the Virginia Airline Railroad in Fluvanna in 1908. Includes a typical trip from Strathmore on the James River to Lindsay in Louisa County circa 1920. 1984. 40 pages.
Fluvanna History #38: Palmyra Soldier - Diary and Letters of W. F. Shepherd. Edited by David W. C. Bearr and Minnie Lee McGehee. The story of a Fluvanna soldier in the 44th Regiment of Virginia Volunteers during the first four months of the Civil War. 1984. 44 pages.
Fluvanna History #39: The Mystery of the Monacan Indians of Fluvanna County, VA, by Joseph Ringers, Jr. A study of the Indians' existence in Fluvanna; Archeology at Point of Fork, Fluvanna County, VA by L. Daniel Mouer; Fluvanna Indian Lore by Minnie Lee McGehee. 1985. 40 pages.
Fluvanna History #40: John Hartwell Cocke's Architectural Legacy to Fluvanna County, by Ellen Miyagawa. The history of the Bremo mansions and plantation buildings as well as other County buildings, illustrating Cocke's architectural genius. Many sketches. 1985. 48 pages.
Fluvanna History #41: The Boys Who Wore the Gray - Part I (1861-62). Edited by Ellen Miyagawa. A collection of letters and articles written by members of the Fluvanna Artillery during the Civil War. Fascinating look at life in camp, on the march and in battle. Roster. Maps. 1986. 44 pages.
Fluvanna History #42: The Boys Who Wore the Gray - Part II (1862-64). 1986. 44 pages.
Fluvanna History #43: The Connecting Link (He Conquers Who Endures), by David W. C. Bearr and Minnie Lee McGehee. A thorough history of Fluvanna's 1886 Central High School and the beginnings of the public school system. 1987. 48 pages.
Fluvanna History #44: Texas Jack, the Prairie Whirlwind from Fluvanna County, by Ellen Miyagawa. A light-hearted look at one of the county's most famous and colorful characters. 1987. 36 pages.
Fluvanna History #45: Yankee Farmer in Fluvanna - Part I, by Minnie Lee McGehee. The 1881 plantation day book of Gidney Underhill is published, with commentary on farming practices of the day. 1988. 44 pages.
Fluvanna History #46: Yankee Farmer in Fluvanna - Part II. 1988. 44 pages.
Fluvanna History #47-#48: Fluvanna Goes to War - The Experiences of Two Infantry Companies, by Kevin Conley Ruffner. Thorough account of Companies F and K of the 44th Va. Infantry Reg, (the Fluvanna Rifle Guard and the Fluvanna Hornets) during the Civil War. Rosters. 1989. 68 pages.
Fluvanna History #49: The Story of Wilmington - Part I (1777-1825), by Minnie Lee McGehee and Ellen Miyagawa. Lively story of the village's beginnings: the taverns, General Lafayette's famous visit and Lyle's Church. Map. 1990. 32 pages.
Fluvanna History #50: The Story of Wilmington - Part II. Fascinating account of Wilmington area families and Fluvanna's oldest houses: a primer for dating old county buildings. Map. 1990. 32 pages.
Fluvanna History #51: The Hollands, a Fluvanna Family, by Minnie Lee McGehee. A genealogy of the Hezekiah Holland Family. Map. 1991. 36 pages.
Fluvanna History #52: St. John's - An Episcopal Church for Columbia, by Ellen Miyagawa. The history of St. John's and the Rivanna Parish. Church records from original registers. 1991. 32 pages.
Fluvanna History #53: Louisa Maxwell Holmes Cocke, 1788 - 1843, by Diana Scott. Engrossing story of John H. Cocke's second wife and her life at Bremo. Excellent study of role of 19th century women. 1992. 40 pages.
Fluvanna History #54: Constantine Osborne Perkins - His Faith and Family, His Journey and Journal, by Gay Hammerman. The story of a Fluvanna man, his family relationships and his trip to Texas in the mid 1800s. 1992. 48 pages.
Fluvanna History #55: Reminiscences of J. E. B. Stuart's Cavalry, by Sergeant B. J. Haden, Edited by Timothy A. Parrish. An interesting account of cavalry exploits, written by a Fluvanna man in Stuart's regiment, and edited by a descendent. Maps. 1993. 44 pages.
Fluvanna History #56: A County Seat for Fluvanna, by Minnie Lee McGehee. A comprehensive study of the origins of the county buildings. 1993. 38 pages.
Fluvanna History #57-#58: From Willow Hill to Spring Garden - The Story of the Wood Family, by Ellen Miyagawa. 100-year saga of a large, well-to-do Fluvanna family, who sent six sons to the Civil War. 64 pages. 1994.
Fluvanna History #59: Wilmington Meetinghouses, by David W. C. Bearr. History of Lyles Baptist Church, Goshen Christian Church, and Rivanna Presbyterian Church. Map. 1995. 48 pages.
Fluvanna History #60: Hi! Ho! Come to the Fair, by Minnie Lee McGehee. Nostalgic story of Fluvanna fairs held at Carysbrook plantation from 1914 until 1929. 1995. 48 pages.
Fluvanna History #61: John Hartwell Cocke's Bremo Recess - The Romantic Colonial Revival Comes to Ante-Bellum Virginia, by Muriel B. Rogers. In depth study of Cocke's buildings in the Jacobethan style. 1996. 44 pages.
Fluvanna History #62: The Fluvanna Daughters of the Confederacy, by Minnie Lee McGehee. The story of one of the first of Fluvanna's women's organizations, which existed from 1897 until 1936. 1996. 36 pages.
Fluvanna History #63-#64: This I Remember - An Anthology of Fluvanna Memoirs, edited by Ellen Miyagawa. A dozen fascinating "little histories" by Fluvanna residents or relatives that are important additions to our county lore. 1997. 68 pages.
Fluvanna History #65-#66: The Wilmington Grange & Other Agricultural Societies, by David W. C. Bearr. The story of eary farm organizations. Also 16 pages of Centennial Farms. 1998. 68 pages.
Fluvanna History #67: In the Name of God, Amen, by Ellen Miyagawa. A detailed study of the wills and inventories from the first 25 years of Fluvanna's history, showing early way of life. 1999. 54 pages.
Fluvanna History #68: Bremo Bluff, A River Village - Part I, by James Y. Taylor. A thorough study of the origins of Fluvanna's southernmost village and the influence of the James River. 1999. 48 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #69: Bremo Bluff, A River Village - Part II, by James Y. Taylor. Continued story of the businesses, people, homes and floods that shaped the village. Many photos. 2000. 48 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #70: The Life and Times of Martin Baskett Shepherd, from his autobiography, edited by Minnie Lee McGehee & Ellen Miyagawa. Written between 1840 and 1883, this work offers insight into 19th century Fluvanna. 2000. 52 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #71: The Fluvanna Press, 1886 – 1947, by David W. C. Bearr. An account of the editors, publishers, and correspondents of The Columbia Bulletin and The Midland Virginian. 2001. 64 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #72: The Newspaper Society of Old Fluvanna, 1886 – 1947, by David W. C. Bearr & Ellen Miyagawa. Verbatim articles, jottings, and ads from Fluvanna’s papers, decade by decade. Fascinating and very popular. 2002. 68 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #73: “De Sun Do Move” - The Story of John Jasper, by Nancy B. Miner. An inspiring story of Fluvanna’s most famous former slave, who became one of Virginia’s most beloved and respected preachers. 2003. 54 pages.
Fluvanna History #74: Here Lies William Henry, by Minnie Lee McGehee. The life of Patrick Henry’s brother, who lived and died in Fluvanna County. 2003. 38 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #75: A History of Indians in Fluvanna County, Virginia, by Dr. Greg O’Brien. A scholarly presentation of the Monacan Indians. 2004. 36 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #76: “Dear Susan” - Letters Home. Edited by Ellen Miyagawa. A collection of poignant letters written during the Civil War between Andrew Jackson Gillespie and his wife Susan, who lived near Union Mills. 2004. 60 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #77: D. Wiley Anderson, Virginia Architect, by Dr. Susan Hume Frazer. Anderson’s life and career, emphasizing local work. 2005. 42 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #78: Fluvanna Courthouse, Virginia – Our First County Seat, by Minnie Lee McGehee. Court records pertaining to the first Court building at the first county seat. 2005. 40 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #79: Admirations, by David W.C. Bearr. The stories of three Fluvanna women who influenced the cultural, material, and spiritual landscape of the county – Miss Luty V. Shepherd, Lydia O’Hare Nicholas, and Louise Kent Ozlin. 2006. 60 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #80: Marion Tutwiler of Seven Isles - Part I, with a tribute to Ellen Miyagawa, compiled with narrative by Minnie Lee McGehee. Diary of Marion Tutwiler’s day-to-day activities and journal entries on family life and farming in 1895. 2007. 56 pages. ISBN 978-0-9790205-3-7
Fluvanna History #81: Marion Tutwiler of Seven Isles: Part II. Complied with narrative by Minnie Lee McGehee. Continued diary of Marion Tutwiler's day-to-day activities and journal entries from June through December, 1896, with many early photographs. 2007. 56 pages, no index.
The Index for Fluvanna History publications #80 and #81 are now available at no charge to members. If you would like a copy sent by mail or email, please contact Judith Mickelson at firstname.lastname@example.org for your your copies.
Fluvanna History #82, Fluvanna Homes on Tour - The House Tours of 1984-2002. Compiled and edited by Minnie Lee McGehee. Ellen Miyagawa’s House Tour brochures and art work for the tours of Fluvanna’s Historic homes and buildings hosted by the Fluvanna Co. Historical Society and the Fluvanna Garden Club. Drawings also include ones by Jean Buschmann, Jeff Suling and Jordan Yonce. Dedication Page in memory of Ellen Miyagawa, 1934-2006. 2008. 65 pages with Index.
Fluvanna History #83: Fords, Ferries, Bridges and Signposts - Early Travel in Fluvanna. Written by Minnie Lee McGehee. This is an exceptional account of early transporation in Fluvanna County with many photgraphs and drawings as well as maps drawn by Robert Miyagawa. 2009. 64 pages.
Fluvanna History #84: General Cocke and the War of 1812. By Stuart L. Butler. And The Timberlake Alliance by David W. C. Bearr. Two articles exploring the notable General John Hartwell Cocke, his accomplishments and his friendship with Walker Timberlake. 2010. 62 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #85: Hail Columbia! by Deborah D. Murdock. The story of an important river town in Fluvanna/Goochland counties. Loyalists owned much of the land and the story of what happened to it. Also includes the chapter, "Who Was David Ross", and the final section by Edmund Berkeley, Jr. on Christopher McPherson, Profit, Former Slave and Writer, and the edited version by Ms. Murdock of Christopher McPherson's autobiography. 2011. 60 pages with index.
Fluvanna History #86: William Henry Talley 1847-1910, A Life of Duty and Devotion by William Alfred Talley, Jr. A wonderful biography of William Henry Talley, a Fluvanna County soldier and citizen who fought in Mosby's Rangers, then later attended the Virginia Military Institute, and returned to Fluvanna. A touching tale of struggle during the Civil War. 2012. 80 pages with index.
PUB-1: Historic Fluvanna in the Commonwealth of Virginia - A Sketchbook of the People, Places, and Events of Fluvanna County, Virginia. Edited by David W.C. Bearr. 1998. 148 pages. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2. Paperback, b&w. Indexed. 90 illustrations. Published by The Seven Islands Company. $10.
PUB-2: Gravestone Inscriptions – Church and Public Cemeteries in Fluvanna County, Virginia. Edited by Ellen Miyagawa. 1994. 228 pages. 8-1/2 x 11. Plastic comb binding, b&w. Indexed. Published by The Seven Islands Company for the Fluvanna County Historical Society and the Point of Fork Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Currently out of stock. We are working on an updated versionto be available in 2013.
PUB-3: Mr. Jefferson’s River – The Rivanna, by Minnie Lee McGehee and William E. Trout, III. The history of an era in Albemarle and Fluvanna counties when boats and mills on the Rivanna River provided a means of transportation and industry. 2001. 108 pages. 8-1/4 x 10. Paperback, color. Indexed. 122 illustrations. ISBN 0-9713606-0-2. $18.
PUB-4: The Rivanna Scenic River Atlas – by William E. Trout, III. A Virginia Canals and Navigations Society River Atlas Project. 19th Century Inland Navigations of the Virginias, including historic locks and dams on the Rivanna River, maps and illustrations. 34 pages. 8-1/2 x 14. Spiral bound. Second Printing, 1995. $15
PUB-5: The James River Batteau Festival Trail – by William E. Trout, III. A guide to the James River and its Canal, from Lynchburg to Richmond. A Virginia Canals and Navigations Society Atlas Project with a history of the Great Basin Excavation, includes photos, sketches and maps. 48 pages. 8-1/2 x 14. Spiral bound. Fifth Printing. 2002. $15
PUB-6: Falls of the James Atlas – OUT OF STOCK – by William E. Trout, III, James Moore, III, and George D. Rawls. Historic Canal and River Sites on the Falls of the James with a special Supplement on the Tuckahoe Creek Navigation. A Virginia Canals and Navigations Society Project, including photos, sketches and maps. 68 pages. 8-1/2 x 14. Spiral bound. Second Printing. 1995. $15
PUB-7: River Boat Echoes – Batteau in Virginia - Compiled and edited by Minnie Lee McGehee from THE TILLER Series, Virginia Canals and Navigations Society, including photos, sketches and maps. 76 pages. 8-1/2 x 5-1/2. Paperback. 1995. $10
PUB-8: The Fluvanna Artillery – by David G. Martin . A history of the Fluvanna County units in the War between the States, describing various campaigns. Photos of “Sons of Fluvanna,” including statistics and roster of Fluvanna sons. 165 pages. 6-1/4 x 9-1/4. Hardbound. Published by H. E. Howard, Inc. $25
PUB-9: 14th Virginia Infantry OUT OF PRINT – by Edward R. Crews and Timothy A. Parrish. A descripition of the 14th Virginia Infantry Regiment serving the Confederacy during the Civil War, its battles and campaigns, photos of soldiers, and roster. 161 pages. 6-1/4 x 9-1/4. Hardbound. Published by H.E. Howard, Inc. $25
PUB-10: The Wood Family of Fluvanna County, Virginia, 1795 – 1969 – Compiled by Margaret Williams Bayne. History of the Wood Family, Willow Hill, and Spring Garden homes, including many photographs, letters, newspaper articles and other documents. 350 pages. 9-1/4 x 7-1/4. Hardbound. 1984. $25.
PUB-11 Book by local Fluvanna author, Don Payne. "A Legacy of Rural Virginia" Vol. I - Entertaining stories on rural living from the 1800s through the 1900s. On sale now at the Society headquarters. A portion of the book proceeds will be donated to the Society by the author. $ 22.50
PUB-12 "A Legacy of Rural Virginia" Vol. II $ 22.50
We have a wonderful collection of notecards with reproduction sketches of the Old Stone Jail, The Historic Courthouse, and historic Fluvanna houses created by local artists. T-shirts and ball caps are also available. For more information on gift items, please call Maggie’s House at 434.589-7910 for availability and further descriptions.
Post Cards .25 each
Note Cards by Peg Redd and Janice Creasy $8 each
Sketches $5 each
Plate - Historic places in Fluvanna, 9-1/4 $10
T-Shirts -limited number of childrens' sizes only $ 8
Hats - Ball caps with inscription of Fluvanna County Historical Society or Old Farm Day, all colors. Call for descriptions, $12
Coffee Mugs - $8
Canvas Tote Bags - $12