• New! Young Adult Novel Set in the Black Community of Waterford’s Post-Civil War Past   By Bronwen Curtis Souders It’s 1880 and young Leven Thomson discovers startling facts about his close-knit family and community. Why did his mother value a dirty old braided rug so much? What had happened to her brother? Who was the mysterious Dr. Haskins and did he really have supernatural powers? Who was the furtive man in the woods? What did Emancipation Day really stand for? In a year full of transformative events—from house fires, death and childbirth, illness, a hostile farm foreman, old and new friendships, learning in the one-room segregated schoolhouse, and celebrating freedom--Leven learns the truth about life before the Civil War and experiences the strength of his African-American community.   “… through a young person’s eyes …we discover how family choices, made out of fear and from a place of love, during the enslavement period, affected the generations that followed. a wonderful story of individual, family and community perseverance.” — Donna Bohanon, Chair, Black History Committee Friends of Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Virginia Paperback, 6 x 9, 148 pages with b/w illustrations Click here to view a preview of the Thinkin' Rug featuring author Bronwen Souders! 
  • In this his final book, beloved Northern Virginia historian John Divine looks back affectionately at the village of his youth. Waterford, Virginia-now a National Historic Landmark-was a wonderful place for a lively boy growing up in the early 1900s. The town was a yeasty blend of farmers and merchants, blacksmiths and cobblers, freed slaves and Civil War veterans, sober Quakers and village drunks. Young John knew them all and loved their stories. He shares them here-warts and all-with warmth and wit.
  • This booklet provides a concise history of the war that placed Quaker Waterford at the flaming edge of national strife 150 years ago. The booklet includes a map and walking tour of important Civil War sites in the village.
  • A booklet of eight original Civil War era newspaper issues written in Waterford, introduced and annotated by Taylor M. Chamberlin, Bronwen C. Souders, and John M. Souders.
  • This 270-page book is filled with photographs, drawings and charts that illustrate the surprising diversity and undeniable skill of local chair manufacturers. While the reader will be immediately captivated by the beauty of the objects that are pictured in this volume, it is very much a “hands on” manual, specifically designed to enable owners of local chairs, rockers and other “specialty pieces” to identify what they have and who made them.
  • This fascinating account of Waterford’s Quakers during the Civil War came from a box of old letters and journals that had belonged to Mary Frances Dutton Steer – generously donated to the Waterford Foundation by her granddaughter, Miss Phebe Haviland Steer of California. Inside this miraculous box were found Grandmother Mollie Dutton Steer’s wartime letters, and a large volume of other writings of family and friends from the early 19th century to the end of her life. Among those treasures was Rebecca Williams’s poignant diary of the war years.
  • This book tells the story of the African-American experience in Waterford, Virginia, from their arrival in the mid-1700s to their gradual exodus in the latter half of the 20th century. Though they never numbered more than a couple of hundred at any one time, they experienced in their small world much of the worst, but also the best, that American society has offered
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    NOW AVAILABLE for the first time for Civil War scholars and descendants -- the complete roster of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers, carefully compiled by Civil War historian, Lee Stone. Includes a comprehensive account of the formation and military activity of the Rangers in the foreword by Edward W. Spannaus and the introduction by the author, and in the Roster, for each member of the Rangers, their rank, physical description, service record, burial site, and references. 5-1/2 x 11, 96 pages, black and white photos, appendix,
  • Two decades of town government in Waterford are distilled into this entertaining book, omitting much of the repetitive bureaucratic prose of the minutes themselves. To round out and enliven the portrait of the village glimpsed in those pages, John Souders has added background, context and occasional commentary. He has also woven in the recorded memories of residents who experienced these times first hand. Packed into these pages are answers to questions about Waterford, Virginia that, in the gay nineties, one was too polite to ask.
  • Written by John and Bronwen Souders and designed by Ellen Banker, all long-time residents of the Waterford Area. Share With Us $5.25/$3.55 shipping. Includes tax. Book Details
    • Paperback Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Publisher: Waterford Foundation (2002)
    Book Description The story of Waterford is nearly 270 years old, and missing chapters are still being rediscovered.  This booklet introduces you to one of the more interesting and important of those chapters - the history of its African Americans.  Theirs is a tale of hardship and hard work, of hope and hopelessness, and of troubles and triumphs.    
  • Between Reb and Yank: A Civil War History of Northern Loudoun County, Virginia.


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