- 出版社: University of Virginia Press (2011年2月28日)
- 精装: 290页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0692011668
- 条形码: 9780692011669
- 商品尺寸: 17.8 x 2.5 x 26 cm
- 商品重量: 907 g
- ASIN: 0692011668
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Historic Sites in Virginia's Northern Neck and Essex County: A Guide 精装 – 2011年2月28日
Thomas A. Wolf is a retired official of the International Monetary Fund. He currently serves on the boards of Preservation Virginia, Northern Neck Branch, and the Society of the Lees of Virginia, and is vice president and editor of the annual journal of the Northumberland County Historical Society.
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The book is quite new, and the author brings us right up to date with the structures and sites included in the covered region. Remember, the latest (4th) edition of the Virginia Landmarks Register was published in 1999, and Dr. Wilson's entry into the Buildings of the United States series followed soon after in 2002. This book details the architectural heritage of a small (but exceptionally important) section of Virginia, right up to 2011. The latest information about Menokin, Corotoman, and Wakefield are included here, as are the histories of many other structures not (yet) included on historic registers.
The catalog includes a wonderfully comprehensive selection of 400 sites from the public and private building stock. Each entry includes a SMALL black and white photograph, and a well-written descriptive essay based on archival material. The book includes substantial chapters for the history of the region that readers will actually enjoy. The text is an essential part of the book that should not be skipped or skimmed.
Rare for serious works of architectural history, the author is respectful of existing, popular oral and written histories while remaining open-minded about current research. In that way, this is one of the most balanced architectural surveys I've ever read. It gives us enough facts to be useful, and inspires enough questions to allow the romantic mind in all of us to run free. This area was at the center of colonial life in Virginia, and the sites reflect that importance. The writing is completely free of over-the-top, pompous architectural jargon. It's as accessible to an enthusiastic tourist as to a professional architectural historian.
Overall, I consider this book essential for all architectural historians with interest in colonial and antebellum Virginia, and of keen interest for anyone who enjoys the history of Tidewater Virginia in general. Readers and architecture enthusiasts looking for a more focused study of this region than that offered in the Virginia Landmarks Register will particularly enjoy this book.