Fall 2008

New Glasgow: The Rise and Fall of an Antebellum Virginia Village
by Joe Stinnett
What do a 25-year-old slave woman, Yale-educated minister, and prominent Amherst physician have in common? They’re all running away from New Glasgow while Hessian prisoners and free blacks are petitioning to stay put. In this engaging article, Stinnett brings both his heart and his well-honed humor to the history of his native mountains, the “hallowed recess” now called Clifford.

Life at Tusculum During the Nineteenth Century
by Christian Carr
In this rags-to-riches “Cinderfella” story, a poor schoolteacher is swept off his feet by a silk-clad young lady “devoid of all the affectation and common prudery of modern girls.” So begins the history behind Sweet Briar College’s Tusculum Institute. If a celery vase could talk, this is the tale it would tell.

Clifford: A Historical Driving Tour of the Old Village
by Sandi Esposito
Following the remnants of the stagecoach roads that ran through old New Glasgow, the author reveals the connections among people, land, and architecture over centuries. This historical home tour complements the two articles above and adds many intriguing details of its own.

Books about New Glasgow and Amherst County
by Joe Stinnett
Deed books, genealogies, diaries, accounting ledgers—Stinnett shows his appreciation for the hunched-over researchers and writers who preceded him. The result is a charming, random stroll through the archives.

Growing Up in Lynchburg on Wheels with Motors
by Terrell Moseley
Neither snow nor rain nor the fact that he was still in his pajamas could stay young Terrell Moseley from scooting about in the open air. This personal look back serves as a tribute to all good neighbors who quietly and effectively teach by doing.

Jen Ayres: A Remembrance of Her Life and Love of Art
by Douglas MacLeod
The author, whose previous contributions profiled entrepreneurs, athletes, and outlaws, steps out of his comfort zone to take on the daunting challenge of writing about art. Perhaps it runs in the family, because this frank and loving portrait proves to be among his best work.

From The Editor

History in Brief

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