Southwest Virginia Crossroads: An Almanac of Place Names and Places to See

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Overmountain Press, 2004 - Travel - 166 pages
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The mountains, rivers, and lakes of Southwest Virginia have invited explorers since the mid-1700s. Now this land beckons the modern traveler with its siren song of beauty, wonder, and history. Southwest Virginia Crossroads: An Almanac of Place Names and Places to See extols the virtues of this national treasure and serves as a guide for those who want to find the best of America. As you journey with author Joe Tennis through Southwest Virginia Crossroads, he relates the history of the land and its people, chronicling the fascinating stories birthed in this fabled region, as well as age-old place-names and their origins. County maps and detailed directions lead you to all the little- and best-known attractions housed in cities and towns like Bristol and Abingdon or sheltered within the rolling farmland and weathered mountains. Even those familiar with the area will want to visit waterfalls, lakes, towns, cities, restaurants, and historical sites discovered in the pages of this comprehensive work. Whether on the car dashboard or at home on the coffee table, Southwest Virginia Crossroads is a wealth of knowledge and a delight to read.

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Southwest Virginia Crossroads explores a 17 county region near the Blue Ridge Parkway and explains how more than 750 places took their names including Haysi Hillsville Frog Level Whitetop Goose Pimple ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Joe Tennis, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a longtime collector of history and folklore of Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands. A Radford University graduate, Joe has contributed articles and photos to Blue Ridge Country, Bristol Herald Courier, the Roanoke Times, the Virginian-Pilot, Kingsport Times-News and Appalachian Voice. He has also written for Virginia Living. The author's other books include Beach to Bluegrass, Southwest Virginia Crossroads, Sullivan County Tennessee and The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and Virginia.

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