Title: Book full of Walton-Verona history
Author: Justin B. Duke
Publisher: Community Press & Recorder
A piece of southern Boone County history is on its way to bookstore shelves.
Walton resident Melinda Sartwell is the author of Images of America Walton-Verona.
The book is a collection of photos from Walton and Verona's past.
"I was really interested in people pictures," Sartwell said.
The book is part of the Images of America series that documents the history of communities throughout the country.
"It was definitely a learning experience," Sartwell said.
While she knew Walton and Verona residents were proud of their history, Sartwell didn't know there was so much.
Most of the photos came from residents who were willing to share what they had.
"They were thrilled that someone was finally doing something on Walton and Verona," Sartwell said.
A large number of the photos came from Bernie Spencer, who runs nkyviews.com, she said.
Gathering pictures of people wasn't a hard task, because everyone was willing to share, but one part of the project was still a challenge.
"It's harder than you think getting pictures of the town because back then people didn't randomly walk around taking pictures," Sartwell said.
The book's Sept. 7 release is good timing in Walton as the city gears up for the first phase of the Gaines House Tavern to open this fall, said Mayor Phillip Trzop.
"It's always good to have your history documented," Trzop said.
Having a book that covers the history of the city is going to be a treat for Walton citizens, he said.
"I think people are going to be really impressed with it," Trzop said.
The book will be available at area bookstores and online retailers.
Sartwell will be signing the book at the Florence Barnes & Noble at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.