Just a reminder that Cortney and I will be at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum today at 3 p.m. to present a Powerpoint talk about Images of America: Waynesboro. The talk is free and open to the public. Hope to see you!
Thanks to everyone who attended our book launch and signing on June 12 (3-6) & June 13 (1-3) atStone Soup Books & Cafe, 908 West Main Street, Waynesboro, VA 22980. It was an incredible success, thanks to the wonderful support we received! We sold out of books - well over 100!
Images of America: Waynesboro (order from Amazon here) is a photo history of Waynesboro, Virginia, offering a fascinating glimpse back at its beginnings, its people, institutions, businesses, industries, and events.
Settled beside the Blue Ridge Mountains in the mid-1700s, Waynesboro was named after Revolutionary War general “Mad” Anthony Wayne. On March 2, 1865, the Civil War shook Waynesboro in the form of a short, devastating battle. Following the war, the establishment of the crossing lines of the Norfolk and Western Railway and Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in Waynesboro helped industries thrive. Rife Ram and Pump Works, Virginia Metalcrafters, DuPont, and Basic Witz Furniture are a few of the manufacturers that have called Waynesboro home during the last 120 years. Local apple orchards flourished in the early 20th century. Despite some citizen resistance, Waynesboro and Basic City, the town across the South River, were joined in 1924. With the closing of many industries in the mid- to late 1900s, Waynesboro began to focus on its natural, historic, and cultural uniqueness to strengthen and redefine the city as it entered the 21st century.
Author Bios: Waynesboro native Elizabeth Spilman Massie’s family moved into the area in 1746. Cortney Skinner illustrates and paints historical and contemporary subjects. He and Massie live together in Waynesboro. Images of America: Waynesboro includes images from the Waynesboro Historical Society and other collections.
This blog will bring you information about the upcoming book as well as interesting glimpses into Waynesboro's past and present.