Images of America
 
BIG STONE GAP

BIG STONE GAP, VIRGINIA
 All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Friends of the Museum.

In 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.

A 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 community.

The 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.

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The Southwest Virginia Museum is a member of the American
Association of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Virginia Association of Museums.

 

Images of America
BIG STONE GAP
by Sharon Ewing
Foreword by Adriana Trigiani

ARCADIA PUBLISHING

$19.99
ISBN-13978-0-7385-5393-1
ISBN-10-0-7385-5393-X

 

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