Images of Patrick County: Postcards is Tom Perry’s fourth images book focusing on photos from his collection of over 10,000 images soon to be housed at the Special Collections Department of the Carol M. Newman Library at Virginia Tech, Perry’s alma mater in Blacksburg, Virginia. This book of 71 pages concentrates on the many postcards from the past with a connection to Patrick County including chapters on the Mountain Top area including the Circle M Zoo, Dan River Queen, and Cochram’s Mill in the Vesta and Meadows of Dan areas. A chapter includes the area East of Stuart that concentrates of Patrick Springs and Critz including the Reynolds Homestead and many orchards that led to the Peach Festival. A chapter on Woolwine concentrates on the covered bridges of Patrick County that are 2 of the surviving nine in Virginia. A chapter on Stuart, Virginia, includes images from the county seat of The Free State Of Patrick. A chapter on Fairy Stone Park has images from the county’s only state park. A chapter from the images of the Blue Ridge Parkway that makes up the northern border of the county. Last, there is a chapter of postcards that claim they are Patrick County, but they are not PC. The book begins with a summary of the history of postcards in America.
The book retails for $9.99 and is available throughout the region and in Patrick County. This is the first of Perry’s images books that is available though major book distributors such as Ingram. This book sells for $9.99 and is available from Perry’s website www.freestateofpatrick.com and is available at online booksellers such as www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com
Perry will be signing his books in Stuart, Virginia, on March 27 at the Just Plain Country Store from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and at the Patrick County Music Association from 4 until 8 p.m.
Perry will be releasing a new or revised book every month in 2010. Next up is the revised history of the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace, Ararat, Virginia: A Guide From Willis Gap to Kibler Valley, and Images of Martinsville, Virginia in May 2010.
Laurel Hill Publishing, P. O. Box 11, Ararat, VA 24053