Society members Lillie R. Gilbert, Belinda Nash,
and Deni Norred Williams
combined their talents in a new book (with an introduction by
Dr. Stephen Mansfield):
Bayside History Trail - A View From The Water
"Take a journey into the past on the historic Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River. Whether by boat or armchair reading, this is a descriptive look at the past and present bayside area through narratives, maps, old and new photographs, and illustrations. "
96 pages, $15.95 retail.
Available from www.wildriveroutfitters.com
Ferry Plantation House Gift Shop
"This magical history tour begins on the sands of the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Not far from our starting point is the location where 400 years ago, weary Englishmen set foot on land and enjoyed the Lynnhaven oyster, a delicacy that was to become part of the legacy of the river. The Reader will discover cove by cove the heritage of the land and water on the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River.
More than a history text, this little book is designed to be carried by boaters to guide them through waters in their present journey through centuries past. Even the armchair reader will discover tidbits never before published. The book’s cover, a copy of a watercolor from the mid 1800’s, has never before been printed in color. It in itself is a treasure in that the painting was rescued from the Ash Wednesday storm of 1962, discovered intact on the last remaining wall in a room where the ocean had carried away the other three. Rescued by the owner, it survived with minor damage. Featuring a bird’s eye view of our tour’s subject, the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven, the cover’s centerpiece is the Walke Manor House. The house later burned, but bricks from the original structures were used to build the present Ferry Plantation House, one of the many historical sites referred to in the book. Others include the Adam Thoroughgood House, Bayville Manor, Church Point, Summerville Plantation, and many more. Some of these locations and structures no longer exist, but of those that do, such as the Lynnhaven House and Pembroke Manor, we are witness to our heritage on this historic body of water."
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