ABINGDON, Va. – For Donna Akers Warmuth, it was only natural to write a sequel to her “Washington County Virginia” book, released a couple of years ago.
And why not? That book was released as a follow-up to Warmuth’s “Abingdon Virginia” (Images of America) book in 2004.
Warmuth’s new “Washington County Revisited” (Arcadia Publishing, $19.99) marks the fifth “Images of America” book by Warmuth. Her other titles include “Boone” and
“Blowing Rock,” as well as a self-published book of ghost tales.
“My first Washington County book needed a sequel because of the county’s size and history,” Warmuth said in a press release. “I enjoy the challenge of presenting history in an interesting format for the average person and especially children – it’s not just dead people, old deserted houses and boring facts.”
This time, Warmuth focused on settlements that were once major community centers, including Lodi, Blackwell’s Chapel, Rich Valley, Lindell, Bethel, Taylor’s Valley, Hayter’s Gap, Clinchburg and Alvarado.
The book’s five chapters cover “Recreation and Social Life,” “Education and Worship,”
“Work and Industry,” “Landscape and Agriculture” and “Friends, Families, and Home.”
“I think these photos also do much to dispel the Appalachian stereotypes, because they show folks dressed in the fashions of their day, children sent to school to achieve an education and business owners,” Warmuth said.
Among the 200 photographs featured in the book is a portrait of artist Roma Wilson Baker of Abingdon; Snavely Store near Meadowview; musician Doug Cook; and a postcard of Emory & Henry College.
Other photographs include railroads, Dixie Pottery, churches and farms.
The author collected the pictures from various contributors, including Jeff Weaver, Tammy Martin, Lowry Bowman, Troy Taylor and Virginia Cornett Smith.
A Washington County native, Warmuth lives near Boone, N.C., but often spends time with relatives near Abingdon.
She encourages people to make copies of family photographs and distribute them “far and wide so that the photographs won’t get lost.”
MEET THE AUTHOR
Who: Donna Akers Warmuth
Book: “Washington County Revisited”
When: June 7, 10 a.m.-noon, Zazzy’z Coffeehouse in Abingdon; June 7, 1-3 p.m., Arts Depot, Abingdon
Info: (888) 313-2665