“At a Place Called Buckingham” — Volume Two once again collects a dozen essays depicting the people and places of Buckingham County, Virginia. Details gleaned from newly discovered county records, contemporary newspaper accounts, and private collections result in a marvelous mosaic of life at the very heart of Virginia. Meet the proprietors of 19th-century hotels and health resorts, ferry operators, educators, stewards of the poor, planters and their slaves, the hard-working men of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and notables whose influence reached far beyond the county. A bonus section, “Maysville Gallery,” features photographs made in 1933 as part of the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South.
After earning her doctorate in cinema studies at the University of Southern California, Joanne Yeck taught and wrote about film history for many years. She is the author of numerous articles concerning Classic Hollywood and American Popular Culture, and is the coauthor of Movie Westerns and Our Movie Heritage. Since 1995, her interest in Virginia history has become a full-time occupation. Years of research resulted in “At a Place Called Buckingham” . . . Historic Sketches of Buckingham County, Virginia (2011) which celebrated the county’s 250th anniversary. In 2010, she was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship at the International Center for Jefferson Studies which supported her research for The Jefferson Brothers (2012), a biography of Randolph Jefferson. In 2015, she released another collection of essays about Buckingham County, “At a Place Called Buckingham” . . . Volume Two. Her blog, Slate River Ramblings, attracts a growing community interested in Buckingham County and its environs. When not exploring the back roads of Virginia, she lives in Kettering, Ohio. Visit Joanne online at joannelyeck.com and slateriverramblings.com.