STONE GAP, VIRGINIA
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1908, author John Fox, Jr. published his best-selling
novel The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, and with it, he
brought Big Stone Gap into homes across the country.
In modern times, Big Stone Gap is best known for a series of
novels by hometown author Adriana Trigiani. "The Gap"
and "Big Cherry Lake" have always been in the vocabulary of
Southwest Virginians, but these places have now taken root
on the national scene for a second time in history.
Big Stone Gap has since dubbed itself "the little Town with
the Big Story." This story began in the late 1880s
with the discovery of nearby coalfields that sent Northern
investors into an expansion frenzy. The town was
toured as the new Pittsburgh of the South" with its
railroads, hotels, and vibrant business and cultural scenes.
native of the region author Sharon Ewing is the museum
director at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State
Park located in Big Stone Gap. She is a member of the
Virginia Association of Museums and serves on various
regional boards that preserve and promote the history of
Southwest Virginia. In Images of America: Big Stone
Gap, Ewing intertwines scenic beauty, land use, history,
and culture to provide a unique perspective on this
Images of America series celebrates the history of
neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country.
Using archival photographs, each title presents the
distinctive stories from the past that shape the character
of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a
part in the preservation of local heritage, making history
available to all.