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May 13, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Book News: Peter Jefferson’s Snowdon

I am delighted to announce my newest publication, Peter Jefferson’s Snowdon: A History of Settlement at the Horseshoe Bend, published by the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. It provides an informative companion to my previous books, The Jefferson Brothers and Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville & Lost Jeffersons.

This volume tells the story of settlement on the south side of the James River and the development of the plantation Peter Jefferson would call Snowdon, a very valuable farm with a complex history.

Beginning in the 1720s, a small group of men based in Goochland County, Virginia began to migrate west, along the James River, settling the frontier which lay at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A few stopped at what is known as the Horseshoe Bend, a particularly beautiful and fertile spot in the river. Today, the modern counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, and Fluvanna, converge there at the village of Scottsville.

In the early 1740s, President Thomas Jefferson’s father, Peter, already a successful surveyor and land speculator, was quick to realize the commercial value of the spot when the newly formed Albemarle County located its seat at the Horseshoe Bend and set about acquiring land by purchase and patent, creating a plantation which would enrich the family for decades to come.

You can purchase the book at Amazon. Just follow this link: Peter Jefferson’s Snowdon

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  1. Margaret Thomas / May 24 2020 6:18 pm

    Hi Joanne. Just finished reading your new book and really enjoyed it. It was a fun, easy read with lots of good information. Thanks for sharing more history about Buckingham.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 25 2020 6:27 am

      Thank you Margaret!

      Joanne

  2. Jim Hancock / May 19 2020 10:12 am

    Joanne, I have ordered a copy and look forward to its arrival. Your research and scholarship over the years has helped the Hancocks learn more about our Snowden heritage.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 19 2020 2:56 pm

      Thanks, Jim. And thanks, too, for supporting the Central Virginia Genealogical Association!

      Joanne

  3. Teresa C Hintz / May 18 2020 1:15 pm

    Joanne, you must not have any beds in your house because with all you have written, blogged etc. its obvious you aren’t very acquainted with one. Congratulations on your latest publication and a hearty thank you for Slate River Ramblings!

    • Joanne Yeck / May 18 2020 1:45 pm

      Thank you, Teresa. From time to time, I do get some sleep.

      “Peter Jefferson’s Snowdon” was many years in the making. I’m so pleased that the Central Virginia Genealogical Association agreed to publish it. All proceeds go the Association!

      Joanne

  4. Beth / May 13 2020 10:30 am

    Joanne, so pleased with the release timing of your latest book, ordered it just now. Thank you for your many contributions without which my Buckingham County research would be dead in the water.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 13 2020 1:51 pm

      Thank you Beth!

      This book was years in the making. I’m very happy to have partnered with Central Virginia Genealogical Association on its publication.

      Joanne

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