Virginia by Stagecoach

Virginia by Stagecoach

by Virginia C. Johnson


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Travel in old Virginia was many things, but it was never dull. Stagecoaches were the primary means of transport, carrying mail as well as passengers. Trips that now take hours lasted for days. Coach trips could be dangerous, and all-hands situations arose quickly. A traveler might need to apply horsemanship, carpentry, leather-mending or the sheer brawny effort of shoving the coach out of a muddy ditch. Inns across the state catered to stagecoach riders and acted as community gathering places. Some still stand, like the Rising Sun Tavern in Fredericksburg and Michie Tavern in Charlottesville. Author Virginia Johnson relates tales of those wild early days on the road.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467141017
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/29/2019
Series: Transportation
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,261,714
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Virginia Johnson is the digital services librarian at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, where she is the lead content writer for the regional history page of the library's website. She is the coauthor of Virginia Horse Racing: Triumphs of the Turf with The History Press. Find her online at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

I How the Stagecoach Came to Be 11

II The Royal Mail 19

III Colonial Statesmen and the Road to Revolution 25

IV Town to Town 42

V A Night at a Coaching Inn 75

VI The Golden Age of Stage Travel 87

VII An American Way of Travel 94

VIII A Visit to the Springs 102

IX Dark Reflections 113

X "If God Permits…": When Things Went Wrong 120

XI The People Who Made Stagecoaches Work 132

XII Heading South 140

XIII Roads West 144

XIV The Civil War 149

XV The End of the line 164

XVI Traces of the Past You Can Visit Today 169

Sources 179

Index 185

About the Author 191

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