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Virginia Living strives to highlight Virginian authors who were born here as well as those who have decided to call the commonwealth home. We also endeavor to promote some of the best Southern Writing around. Homegrown authors like William Styron, Edward P. Jones, Ann Beattie, Claudia Emerson, and Tom Robbins join literary legends like William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mark Twain (among others obviously) and rub elbows with their Southern contemporaries—such as Cormac McCarthy, Barbara Kingsolver, Charles Frazier, Jesmyn Ward, and Tayari Jones (etc. etc. etc.).


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Virginia Legends

Virginia Legends and Lore

by Charles A. Mills

2021 / Graywolf Press / 176 pp / $21.99

George Washington’s secret son, the origins of Chincoteague’s wild ponies, the hiding place of the mysterious Beale Treasure? Virginia is full of strange and intriguing tales that beg to be unraveled. In his new book, Virginia Legends & Lore, Charles A. Mills explores the Commonwealth’s strangest stories from pre-colonial days through the 20th century, to separate myth from fact. Did Bigfoot actually set foot in Spotsylvania? Did Edgar Allen Poe die of drink—or was it something more sinister? What twist of fate allowed a slave, Henry “Box” Brown, to survive the trip when he climbed into a crate and shipped himself to freedom in Philadelphia? Mills sheds a clear light on these legends and brings our rich past vividly to life.


Full review: HERE

Bio: Chuck Mills has a passion for history. He is the author of Hidden History of Northern Virginia, Echoes of Manassas, Historic Cemeteries of Northern Virginia, Treasure Legends of the Civil War and has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles on historical subjects. Chuck is the producer and cohost of Virginia Time Travel, a history television show that airs to some 2 million viewers in Northern Virginia. He lives on the banks of the Potomac River on land once owned by George Washington.


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