Down on the Chickahominy: The Life and Times of a Vanishing Virginia River

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For centuries, the "Chick" has blessed the Tidewater region of Virginia with life, even today in the face of deteriorating resources and dramatic environmental change. While an abundant ecosystem thrived in the water, a unique and culturally rich community that once dotted the Chick's riverbanks has dwindled near extinction. Author Jack Trammell spent the past three years on the river researching its incredible past and uncertain future. Drawing on old letters, photographs and the still extant memories of ...

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Overview

For centuries, the "Chick" has blessed the Tidewater region of Virginia with life, even today in the face of deteriorating resources and dramatic environmental change. While an abundant ecosystem thrived in the water, a unique and culturally rich community that once dotted the Chick's riverbanks has dwindled near extinction. Author Jack Trammell spent the past three years on the river researching its incredible past and uncertain future. Drawing on old letters, photographs and the still extant memories of lifelong watermen like Captains Bill Buck Jr. and Art Conway, he weaves a fascinating narrative of this river community. Hop onboard and join the search for the record perch, the vanished villages, the proud Chickahominy tribe and the vestiges of the Civil War in this definitive and easy-to-navigate history of a sacred Virginia tributary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596296954
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Pages: 125
  • Sales rank: 1,397,369
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Beginnings and Endings 13

Chapter 2 Born to the River 27

Chapter 3 Conflict and Social Geography 47

Chapter 4 Journey on the Water 65

Chapter 5 Evolving Environment 81

Chapter 6 The Yellow Perch 101

Chapter 7 Returning to Roots 113

Appendix. The Ring Perch (from Maryland DNR) 119

List of Interview Subjects and Bibliography 121

About the Author 127

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