Terri Fisher, “Lost Communities of Virginia,” May 12 at New Dominion

Reading and Book-signing at New Dominion Bookshop

Thursday, May 12 at 12:15 PM

Terri Fisher will discuss

Lost Communities of Virginia

by Terri Fisher and Kirsten Sparenborg

Lost Communities of VirginiaVirginia’s back roads and rural areas are dotted with traces of once-thriving communities. General stores, train depots, schools, churches, banks, and post offices provide intriguing details of a way of life now gone. The buildings may be empty or repurposed today, the existing community may be struggling to survive or rebuilding itself in a new and different way, but the story behind each community’s original development is an interesting and important footnote to the development of Virginia and the United States.

 Lost Communities of Virginia documents thirty small communities from throughout the Commonwealth that have lost their original industry, transportation mode, or way of life. Using contemporary photographs, historical information, maps, and excerpts of interviews with longtime residents of these communities, the book documents the present conditions, recalls past boom times, and explains the role of each community in regional settlement.

Distributed for the Community Design Assistance Center at Virginia Tech

About the authors:

Terri Fisher is Outreach and Programs Coordinator at the Community Design Assistance Center at Virginia Tech, Executive Director of the Giles County Historical Society, and author of two pictorial histories of Giles County, Virginia.

Kirsten Sparenborg is a member of the studio of Sottile & Sottile Urban Analysis & Design in Savannah, Georgia. She works as an artist and designer in the field of preservation in Washington, D.C.

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