Friday, March 25, 2011

Sad Fact

It is a sad fact that is no book of York County history.   Yes, I know that there are several books on Yorktown and one on Seaford and one on Grafton, but there is no one volume of written York County history that would cover the entire county.  This is particulary sad because York County was one of Virginia's original shires or counties. 
  The York County Historical Committee has looked into this and contacted historian and author Martha McCartney to consider writing the book.  She has written such books on James City County and Hanover County and a smaller book on Gloucester County history. The major problem is that of price. I think she was asking $40,000.  That is a lot of bake sales. Right now, the project seems to be on the back burner with the committee. 
  So, what to do?  I wish I had an answer.  One thought might be to have the various historians write a history ourselves.  There are several people whose research interests covers the various stages of York County history.  This is partially being done by the Historical Committee's fact sheet committee.  This group is following up and adding to the fact sheets that were compiled by the late Dick Ivy.  I have contributed about six of my stories to this group.   Maybe this is the answer to York County's lack of a total county history

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