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April 8, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County News: The Farmville Herald


In two very valuable volumes, Robert G. Flippen has collected twenty years of Buckingham County news published in The Farmville Herald.

The Buckingham correspondents to the Herald tended to concentrate on the southern part of the county, the communities nearest Farmville such as Sheppards, New Store, and Curdsville.

From time to time Slate River Ramblings will highlight favorite entries from these years. They provide a glimpse of Buckingham County’s culture, firmly planted in the 19th century.  Many of the conveniences and innovations of the modern age – electricity or indoor plumbing, for example – were still in the distant future.  Its entertainments remained simple and the comings and goings of the old families were news worthy, as in this report:


January 24th, 1893

Mr. Fayette Cox has returned to Missouri.  He gave a very favorable report of the State, and several more of our young men expect to emigrate thither in a short while.

 Mr. William Nickelson and wife will leave Virginia for Pennsylvania in a week or so.  It is distressing to see people go away, but we can’t help it.

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