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The primary focus of this work is to narrate the most prominent events in the history of Virginia, and to give a geographical and statistical view of its condition before the year 1845. Information for this work was obtained by traveling over the entire state, collecting materials, taking sketches for illustrations, and via written communications. This text is comprised of three parts. The first part, a general history, surveys events from the discovery of America and first settlement of Virginia until 1845. The second part presents a geographical and statistical description of Virginia, containing results of the 1840 government census. This part also contains essays on miscellaneous topics such as the origin of the appellation "Old Dominion," the region's slavery and tobacco, the Indians, etc.; plus lists of Virginians who have held high public stations and extracts from the ancient laws of Virginia. The book's third and principal part is arranged by county, in alphabetical order, where each is successively treated, touching on local history and geography as well as prominent citizens. The following are included: descriptions of towns, literary institutions, churches and religion, public buildings, seats and memoirs of eminent Virginians, antique structures, natural scenery, anecdotes, local history and more. This work includes more than 100 illustrations of notable persons and places. Appended is a historical and descriptive sketch of the District of Columbia. An every-name index has been added to aid in research. If you are interested in the history of Virginia, and want a fascinating and enlightening book to add to your collection, this is the one!