Virginia Myths and Legends

The True Stories behind History’s Mysteries

Book Description

Mind-boggling Tales from the Old Dominion

Part of our new and growing Myths, Mysteries and Legends series, Myths, Mysteries and Legends of Virginia explores unusual phenomena, strange events, and mysteries in Virginia’s history. Each episode included in the book is a story unto itself, and the tone and style of the book is lively and easy to read for a general audience interested in Virginia history.

Stories include the mystery of why the gentle giant Peter Francisco, the strongest man in the Revolution, was kidnapped as a child in his native land before being abandoned by a ship along the Appomattox River; the suspicious (or natural?) death of eighty-year-old George Wythe, a professor, patriot, and signer of the Declaration of Independence; and rumors of a vampire-caused tragedy in the Church Hill Tunnel in Richmond on October 2, 1925.

About Hines, Emilee

Emilee Hines is the author of It Happened in Virginia, More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Virginia Women, and Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Washington, DC History (all Globe Pequot Press). She is a graduate of Lynchburg College and has a master's degree from the University of North Carolina. She has traveled widely and has lived in Virginia, Texas, Michigan and Kenya. She currently resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina.