Trinity University Press

WPA Guide to Virginia

The Old Dominion State

Federal Writers' Project (contributor)

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these important books. John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison are among the more than 6,000 writers, editors, historians, and researchers who documented this celebration of local histories. Photographs, drawings, driving tours, detailed descriptions of towns, and rich cultural details exhibit each state’s unique flavor.

The WPA Guide to Virginia is packed with historical information, particularly from the Colonial and Revolutionary years, as well as photographs of historic buildings and sites, the state’s ordinary people, and its natural beauty, including the Shenandoah and Chesapeake Bay regions.

WPA Guide to Virginia cover
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pages: 699
  • Published: Oct 2013
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342447


History, Regional, U.S. South