“Settled beside the Blue Ridge Mountains in the mid-1700’s, Waynesboro was named after Revolutionary War general “Mad” Anthony Wayne. On March 2, 1865, the Civil War shook Waynesboro in the form of a short, devastating battle. Following the war, the establishment of the crossing lines of the Norfolk and Western Railway and Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in Waynesboro helped industries thrive. Rife Ram and Pump Works, Virginia Metalcrafters, DuPont, and Invista are a few of the manufacturers that have called Waynesboro home during the last 120 years. Town and mountainside apple orchards also flourished. espite some citizen resistance, Waynesboro and Basic City, the town across the South River, were joined in 1924. With the closing of many inustries in the mid- to late 1900’s, Waynesboro began to focus on its natural, historic, and cultural uniqueness to strengthen and redefine the city as it entered the 21st century. Images of America: Waynesboro looks back at Waynesboro’s past, offering fascinating glimpses of its businesses, institutions, events, and people.
“Waynesboro native Elizabeth Spilman Massie’s family moved into the area in 1746. Cortney Skinner illustrates and paints historical and contemporary subjects. He and Massie live together in Waynesboro. Images of America: Waynesboro includes images from the Waynesboro Historical Society and other collections.
“The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.” -(From Back Cover)