Annals of Bath County Virginia (Classic Reprint)by Oren F. Morton
Bath has a small number of people, and a considerable share of this small number is a new element. To many individuals of the latter class a history of the county will appeal very little. And since the circulation of such a book must necessarily be small, the price of a full and comprehensive history would unavoidably be
Excerpt from Annals of Bath County Virginia
Bath has a small number of people, and a considerable share of this small number is a new element. To many individuals of the latter class a history of the county will appeal very little. And since the circulation of such a book must necessarily be small, the price of a full and comprehensive history would unavoidably be so high as to be prohibitive to persons of small means. The choice before us was whether to bring out a very small edition of a very high priced book, or a larger edition of a comparatively low priced book. If the second choice were taken, only a small volume was possible. And if the volume were to be small, it was clearly out of the question to cover as much ground as is attempted in a local history of comprehensive scope.
For the above reasons we confine ourselves to a presentation of the more striking and important features in the story of this county. But while this was the only course possible, we have sought to treat these features with all the fullness the limits of the book would permit. And since the present volume is a county history in a somewhat abbreviated form, we entitle it "The Annals of Bath," rather than "A History of Bath."
Owing to the necessary limitation in space, it has been impossible to give genealogic records of the old families of the county. A partial account is all the size of the book will permit. Yet this account would cover more pages, if there had been a more general response to our requests for information. What was not furnished to us we could not put in, and we disclaim all responsibility for its non-appearance.
But if, in a commercial sense, this county seemed only a moderately promising field for a local history, it remains very true that Bath is one of the best known counties of the Old Dominion. It is one of the older counties in the Alleghany belt, and it lies on a natural highway of travel and commerce. The story of its evolution is one of much interest.
The present work was begun in the fall of 1912. Joseph T. McAllister, of Hot Springs, had for a long while been collecting material for a history of the county.
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