Virginia by Stagecoach

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Travel in old Virginia was many things, but it was never dull. Stagecoaches were the primary means of transport, carrying mail as well as passengers. Trips that now take hours lasted for days. Coach trips could be dangerous, and all-hands situations arose quickly. A traveler might need to apply horsemanship, carpentry, leather-mending or the sheer brawny effort of shoving the coach out of a muddy ditch. Inns across the state catered to stagecoach riders and acted as community gathering places. Some still stand, like the Rising Sun Tavern in Fredericksburg and Michie Tavern in Charlottesville. Author Virginia Johnson relates tales of those wild early days on the road.
ISBN: 9781467141017
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Transportation
Images: 85
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Virginia Johnson is the digital services librarian at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, where she is the lead content writer for the regional history page of the library’s website. She is the coauthor of Virginia Horse Racing: Triumphs of the Turf with The History Press. Find her online at
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