Seashore Chronicles: Three Centuries of the Virginia Barrier Islands

Seashore Chronicles: Three Centuries of the Virginia Barrier Islands

by Brooks M. Barnes
     
 

ASSATEAGUE, Chincoteague, Parramore, Smith's, Hog, Wallop's: The names of Virginia's isolated barrier islands evoke their beauty and wildness, their dynamic ecology. Drawing chapters from the writings of novelists, naturalists, journalists, and outdoorsmen, Seashore Chronicles presents the history of these slender, constantly shifting landforms from the 1650s

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ASSATEAGUE, Chincoteague, Parramore, Smith's, Hog, Wallop's: The names of Virginia's isolated barrier islands evoke their beauty and wildness, their dynamic ecology. Drawing chapters from the writings of novelists, naturalists, journalists, and outdoorsmen, Seashore Chronicles presents the history of these slender, constantly shifting landforms from the 1650s to the present. Robert E. Lee surveys the agricultural potential of Smith's Island, and a young Howard Pyle describes the Chincoteague pony penning. William Warner provides an impressionistic foreword and noted writer Tom Horton adds a contemporary chapter on the islands' survival. Eastern Shore residents Brooks Miles Barnes and Barry R. Truitt have compiled a cyclical story of economic settlement, of destruction and conservation, for those who have visited the islands many times as well as for those who have not yet experienced their alluring vitality.

University of Virginia Press

Editorial Reviews

Jennifer Ackerman
Seashore Chronicles offers an introduction to the Virginia Barrier Islands in the best tradition—through stories, narratives that offer insights into the nature of a landscape and the human community that arises within it. The blend of history, personal accounts, and natural history, and the range and diversity of voices make this book a pleasure to read.

Newport News Daily Press Will Molineux
A thoroughly enjoyable book.... And, in its own unique way, reading it is akin to taking a walk on the beach.... There are delightful surprises to be found on the next page and in the next chapter.

Bob Hutchinson
A must-have for anyone interested in the Eastern Shore, barrier islands anywhere, nature, fishing, history, ecology and, perhaps most importantly, the fragility of our nation's eastern door.

Booknews
Gathers nearly two dozen travelers' accounts, along with abundant illustrations and b&w photographs, of the Barrier Islands and their inhabitants from the 1650s to the 1990s. Contributions range from an early account of Chincoteague Island and a letter written by Robert E. Lee about Smith's Island to a visit to Cobb Island by a prominent ornithologist and a writer's recent beachcombing trip. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813917481
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

"A must-have for anyone interested in the Eastern Shore, barrier islands anywhere, nature, fishing, history, ecology and, perhaps most importantly, the fragility of our nation's eastern door." -- Bob Hutchinson, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Bob Hutchinson

A must-have for anyone interested in the Eastern Shore, barrier islands anywhere,
nature, fishing, history, ecology and, perhaps most importantly, the fragility of our nation's eastern door.

Jennifer Ackerman

Seashore Chronicles offers an introduction to the Virginia Barrier Islands in the best tradition—through stories, narratives that offer insights into the nature of a landscape and the human community that arises within it. The blend of history, personal accounts, and natural history, and the range and diversity of voices make this book a pleasure to read.

Meet the Author

Brooks Miles Barnes is Librarian at the Eastern Shore Public Library. Barry R. Truitt is Director of Science and Stewardship at the Nature Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve.

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