In the foreword, the author professes his pride of this Virginia county, stating that writing the book was a “real work of love.” This is the first work ever published on the history of Prince Edward County, offering a broad overview of the county up to 1922 as well as the beginnings of the Old Dominion. This work begins with a brief account of Virginia’s history, followed by the birth and formation of Prince Edward County in 1753. The narrative quickly moves into the county’s organization, including the county seat at Farmville and listings of county officials. Separate chapters cover the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the First World War. Some illustrious personal accounts of battles, imprisonment and bravery are retold, and lists of the local boys who served in each conflict are provided. The many firsthand stories give touching insight into the minds of these proud soldiers and this beautiful land they were willing to give their lives for. Also, the history of each church is recounted, with lists included of all ministers and integral members. The six sections are: Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist Episcopal, Presbyterian, Disciples of Christ and “Colored” churches. Next, Mr. Burrell gives the backgrounds of this county’s schools, and also biographical sketches (including photographs) of important local men. The book ends with several short chapters on some interesting miscellaneous items about the judiciary of Prince Edward County; agriculture; and county statistics for population, marriage, divorce and vital statistics. A bibliography and a new full-name index conclude the book.
Charles Edward Burrell
(1922, 1997), 2011, 5½x8½, paper, index, 452 pp.