Amherst: From Taverns to a Town

 
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The book tells the story of the 100-year history of the town. What began as a project to sustain the Town of Amherst's centennial celebration has turned into a book. The original idea was to produce a story every two weeks for publication in the town s weekly newspaper. In the course of their research, the authors discovered a number of stories they had never heard. They uncovered curious tidbits that had to be part of the history. They found interesting photographs that illustrate the stories and give them life. Our trivia questions have become little statements of facts about the town, its buildings, its people­ and have been sprinkled throughout, as have some short reminiscences of the town s memorable people and even a few pets. Between the covers of Amherst: From Taverns to a Town lie almost fifty articles and more than 200 pictures reflecting memories of Amherst's first century. The book is the result of more than a year s work of compiling information, gathering photographs and putting them together in what we believe is an interesting story about the history of the town.

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Robert Wimer is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College where he majored in history and political science. He is the retired editorial page editor for The News & Advance. Bob lives in Amherst with his wife, Betty, and yellow Lab, Daisy. Leah Settle Gibbs holds degrees from Lynchburg College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Virginia, in health and physical education. She is retired from the Amherst County School System and lives in Amherst County.

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Originating as a series of newspaper articles celebrating the centennial of Amherst's incorporation, this book is a collection of brief descriptions of life in the county and (since 1910) town of Amherst, accompanied by accounts of historical events and profiles of local residents. Extensive photographs, many from private collections, add greatly to the textual information. Without the narrative structure suggested by its subtitle, the stories are loosely organized by functional topics such as Living and Learning and Goods and Services, which make the book useful for casual sampling as well as for reading straight through. As a history of Amherst's first one hundred years, the book is interesting, informative, and compelling. For example, the development of Amherst from rural county seat to bedroom community is traced through the gradual provision of utility services, growth in government functions, and establishment of public schools with their accompanying athletic activities. Racial segregation followed by integration beginning in the 1960s is sensitively traced in education, religious worship, and social activities. Broader economic and social changes are shown through their effects on residents daily lives. This book was obviously a labor of love by the several authors and the many residents interviewed for their stories, and a reader cannot help but want to visit Amherst in person to see the landmark buildings, try the long-established restaurants, and talk to the interesting folk who call Amherst home. --Lynch's Ferry, A Journal of Local History

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