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‘History of Middlesex County’ book to be unveiled Nov. 18

“Signatures In Time—A Living History of Middlesex County, Virginia” will be released on Sunday, November 18, at an unveiling at Rosegill Plantation, just outside of Urbanna.

The book is a six-year project completed by the Middlesex County Jamestown 2007 Book Committee. The committee was formed in 2007 and initially chaired by the late Pat Perkinson. The committee was charged with writing a chronological history of Middlesex County.

The 428-page book, published by the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors, is the first-ever chronological history written on Middlesex.

Middlesex County was originally part of Charles River Shire, and for one year in 1650 was part of York County.

In 1651, Lancaster County was formed, which included present day Middlesex on the south side of the Rappahannock River and present day Lancaster County on the north side of the river.
In 1668, Middlesex, as we know it today, became its own county.

The book takes readers through the beginnings of English settlement, the colonial period, the revolutionary period, the growing of a nation, Antebellum times, and the Civil War.

Old and modern signatures are scattered throughout the pages. There are signatures of great men of the times such as Revolutionary War diplomat Arthur Lee, who lived in Lansdowne in Urbanna in 1792, whose signature was found in the Middlesex County courthouse records.

There are also many signatures of others who made history in Middlesex County. The name of the book came from the use of those signatures.

The longest chapter is on the 20th century when so much change in lifestyles occurred. 

The book has 10 chapters and is printed in full color.

The author of the book is Larry Chowning, Archie Soucek is the editor, Pat DePina is the illustrator, and Claudia Soucek chaired the book committee.

The public is cordially invited to come to Rosegill on Sunday, November 18, for the book unveiling. The people involved in publishing Middlesex’s first-ever history book will be there to sign books, which cost $50.

A limited number of embossed copies that are numbered and signed will be available and will cost $100.

posted 11.07.2012

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