Seashore Chronicles

Seashore Chronicles

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.

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
Collects 22 narratives from speculators, excursionists, rusticators, sportsmen, ornithologists, and others who traveled to the islands between 1650 and 1993. The accounts come from well-known visitors such as Robert E. Lee, illustrator Howard Pyle, and naturalist Tom Horton, as well as less famous travelers including a Union soldier assigned to picket duty on Hog Island and a newspaper correspondent reporting on the great storm of 1896. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813918792
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
1,201,284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(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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