Pittsylvania: Homes and People of the Past
by Madelene Vaden Fitzgerald

History of Pittsylvania County

Pittsylvania Historical Society (1987) republication by Homeplace Books and H. E. Howard, Inc. of the 1974 original. 95 black-and-white photographs and 7 drawings. 116pp. 6.25 x 9.25 inches. Hardcover with dust jacket. Mitchells Publications Catalog #PHS003.

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From the Introduction (by the Author)

In my travels over Pittsylvania County in search of material to be used in the booklet Eighteenth Century Landmarks of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, text by Frances Hallam Hurt, I was so impressed by the many lovely homes which were built after the turn of the nineteenth century, that it seemed imperative a second book be written. Space has been allotted each house according to the response of the owner.

Dust Jacket Notes

About the Author

Madalene Vaden Fitzgerald, a lifelong resident of Chatham, Virginia, is a collector of family heirlooms. Her interest in the past has led her to develop increasingly specialized skills as a genealogist and researcher.

A member of the Virginia Genealogical Society and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, she was appointed in 1957 by the Chatham Garden Club to work with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to research historic buildings in Pittsylvania County. This book stems from the interest generated by that assignment.

In preparation fo Pittsylvania County's bicentennial celebration, Mrs. Fitzgerald played vital parts in two projects: co-chairman of the Restoration Committee for the county's early Callands clerk's office, which received a marker from the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission as a result of her research; and chairman of research for material developed by Frances Hallam Hurt for the 1966 booklet titled Eighteenth Century Landmarks of Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

She was educated at Chatham Hall and Averett College, and has earned additional credits from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Virginia. She is married to Dr. Haile V. Fitzgerald.


Jacket illustration is of the Payne Home Place in 1903.

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