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May 14, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: Snakes, Part I

While exploring in the woods in Buckingham County, my Virginia cousins impressed upon me a new respect for snakes. Some, of course, can be poisonous and they are the last thing you wish to encounter while looking for grave sites or foundations of ancient dwelling houses. In 1908, the Appomattox and Buckingham Times printed this snake-related story:

A few days ago a young lady of this place [Buckingham Court House] had occasion to go to her dining room between meals and on reaching the table to get what she went for she put her hand on a snake. She didn’t scream, she didn’t faint, as most women would have done, but there being no man in the house she called in a gentleman friend who took the snake up in the tongs and killed it. It was an unusually large specimen of its kind and the frightened inmates of the house imagine a snake is around to frighten them all the time.

It is good to know that our unidentified young lady retained her composure and that her gentleman friend was chivalrous.

Coming next: Buckingham County: Snakes, Part II


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  1. missshellbelle / May 14 2018 8:01 pm

    What a great story! I have some Buckingham County snake memories myself and this brings them back! Whoo!

    • Joanne Yeck / May 15 2018 5:43 am

      A very sad snake story to follow. Write yours down! Joanne

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