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Book unveils history of Moore’s Creek community

by Larry S. Chowning

Gordon E. White displays his new book, “Moore’s Creek.”
Gordon Eliot White has just published “A History of Moore’s Creek,” which includes historical information on the communities of Lucy’s Cove, Moore Creek Estates, Providence, Bland Point and Moore Pointe at Amburg near Deltaville.

The idea of writing the history book came to White when a neighbor asked him where the “Lucy” in Lucy’s Cove originated. “When I began to dig into the name, I found that the Middlesex County Courthouse held a wealth of local history in its land and tax records,” said White. 

“The Middlesex County Public Library system also holds an excellent collection of books on local history, making the researcher’s work a pleasant toil,” he said. “It has been a treasure hunt during which many nuggets of purest gold have emerged.”

White, a longtime Washington, D.C., newspaper man, retired to Middlesex in 1991. He has written and researched books on the locomotive industry and racing engines.

In his “A History of Moore’s Creek,” White uses official documents such as land deeds, tax records, maps and previously published information to weave an interesting history of the Deltaville area.

The book traces ownership of properties starting with Perregrin Bland’s August 1642 grant, which was the second English land grant issued in what would become Middlesex County.

Using documented records, White has found origins of many of the names of locations in that area. Bland Point is named after Perregrin Bland, and Lucy’s Cove is named after Lucy Hudgins, who owned the property in the 1820s, he noted.

The book is filled with tidbits of information on Deltaville families and, in a very appealing fashion, White has used oral histories to support the documented history.

The colorful era of moonshiners and bootleggers on the creek bank also is addressed.

“A History of Moore’s Creek” has detailed information on Amburg boatbuilder Linwood Price who built boats on Moore’s Creek. Price later built the largest-ever wooden deadrise vessel at another boatyard.

The book is on sale for $15 and profits go to the Moore’s Creek Channel Association. The charge of the association is to re-dredge the entrance to Moore’s Creek from the Piankatank.

“We had to replace two marker pilings in the creek last year that came down during storms,” said White. “I was handed the job of keeping the association alive between dredgings. The book can hardly pay for a dredging, but it will help with the maintenance. Perhaps the book will raise the consciousness of some of the creek residents of the creek’s necessity to all of us.”

The book is being printed by FMA Printing of Deltaville. White has sold his first 50 copies and is in the process of having 100 more copies printed.

posted 01.22.2009

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