New from Arcadia Publishing is Around Clarksville, by local author and historian John Caknipe Jr. Boasting more than 200 vintage photographs, Around Clarksville offers a fascinating look at the history of this unique town in Western Mecklenburg County.
Clarksville, Virginia was the county’s first incorporated towns and was named for its founder, Clarke Royster. The area gained fame when William Byrd II surveyed Buffalo Springs in 1726 and dubbed the waters “the water that Adam drank.” The town was originally home to the Occoneechee Indians who were driven from the area 50 years earlier when Nathaniel Bacon fought his last battle at Fort Occoneechee, massacring over 300 members of the tribe. This battle became his legacy. Today tourists are drawn to the area for annual fishing tournaments and lake activities.
The author hopes his work “will preserve some of the rich and wonderful history of the area.”
Highlights of Around Clarksville include::
• Photos and stories of gold and silver mining
• Images of Randolph-Macon College
• Early African American schools and churches
• Civil War significance in the area
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Clarksville Museum.
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