Historic Books and Maps​

 

The Prince William County Historical Commission distributes and produces a number of publications related to local history as listed below. Click here for the Order Form.
 

DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS - Click the link to view a pdf of the publication

BEVERLEY (CHAPMAN'S) MILL, THOROUGHFARE GAP, VIRGINIA: A HISTORY AND PRESERVATION PLAN by Frances Lillian Jones.  A comprehensive history of Chapman's/Beverley Mill.

THE CIVIL WAR IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY with text by Jan Townsend, edited and expanded by James Burgess.  Photographs and text describing Civil War sites in Prince William County.  Please note this publication is only available in digital format. 

THE CURTIS COLLECTION A PERSONAL VIEW OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY HISTORY by Donald E. Curtis. A collection of articles on local history by a noted local historian.

MAPS

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MAP, by Eugene Scheel. A cartographic inventory of African American life in Prince William County. 

HARDBACK BOOKS  

BATTLE OF YOUNG’S BRANCH, OR MANASSAS PLAIN by T.B. Warder and James M. Catlett. Anecdotes and first-hand narrative from the early years of the Confederacy.  (Refer to Duke University Library Website)
 
BULL RUN REMEMBERS by Joseph Mills Hanson. Description of First and Second Battles at Manassas. 
 
THE CONFEDERATE BLOCKADE OF WASHINGTON, D.C., 1861-1862 by Mary Alice Wills. The Civil War in Prince William and Stafford Counties along the Potomac River.
 
FORTUNATE SON: Thomas Mason of Woodbridge by Steven B. Shwartzman. An unusual glimpse into the life of an 18th century Virginia gentleman; son of George Mason.
 
LANDMARKS OF OLD PRINCE WILLIAM by Fairfax Harrison. History of Prince William County to late 1800s. Map included. 
 
NEABSCO AND OCCOQUAN:  THE TAYLOE FAMILY IRON PLANTATIONS, 1730-1830 by Laura Croghan Kamoie.  A documentation of an 18th and 19th century industrial iron works plantation in Prince William County operated by slaves. 
 
PRISON-LIFE IN THE TOBACCO WAREHOUSE AT RICHMOND by Lieut. William C. Harris. An exciting first hand diary of a union officer’s experience in a Civil War battle that occurred in Northern Virginia and his subsequent experience in a Confederate prison.  (Refer to Duke University Library Website)
 
 
A VIRGINIA SCENE OR LIFE IN OLD PRINCE WILLIAM by Alice Maude Ewell. A memoir of Civil War childhood and family life, people, and events.
 
YESTERDAY’S SCHOOLS by Lucy Phinney. A social and educational history of public schools in Prince William County.
 

PAPERBACK BOOKS   

ALONG THE RF&P RAILROAD IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY by William E. Griffin, Jr.  Description of the RF&P railroad in Prince William County and Quantico. 

BEVERLEY (CHAPMAN'S) MILL, THOROUGHFARE GAP, VIRGINIA:  A HISTORY AND PRESERVATION PLAN by Frances Lillian Jones.  A comprehensive history of Chapman's/Beverley Mill.

THE CURTIS COLLECTION A PERSONAL VIEW OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY HISTORY by Donald E. Curtis. A collection of articles on local history by a noted local historian.

A HISTORY OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY by George Brown.  A brief summary history of Prince William County.  Reprint of the 1994 edition in honor of Prince William County's 275th Anniversary.

HISTORIC DUMFRIES VIRGINIA  - Chartered 11 May 1749 by Lee C. Lansing, Jr. with sketches by the author and town historian.

HOME PLACE - A series of articles from the Potomac News, 1986, describing 33 communities in Prince William County.

MEMOIRS OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES by Ethel Maddox Byrd and Zelda Haas Cassey. A collection of letters, poems, tributes, and observations about the Civil War. Written in 1961 for the Centennial of the Civil War.

PRINCE WILLIAM: A PAST TO PRESERVE - Second edition including over 250 pictures of historic buildings along with maps and illustrations.    

YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A CARL EIKE: A collection of 42 short stories about life in Northern Virginia as told to Carl Eike.

ACTIVITY BOOKS FOR CHILDREN  

DISCOVER PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY - Covers significant aspects of the history of Prince William County.
 
DISCOVER THE PEOPLE OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY - Brings to life some of the many people - teachers, engineers, storytellers and soldiers - who have contributed to the rich history of Prince William County.


Click the link for the Order Form.