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Virginia's Historic Homes and Gardens
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From the James River Plantations to the Shenandoah foothills, this guide celebrates the legendary houses and landscapes of the Old Dominion. Virginian natives themselves, the authors have traveled the state to highlight the best of the famous and historical homes. From national monuments such as George Washington's Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the book brilliantly illustrates the homes interiors and exteriors as their lush gardens and landscaping. Historical details accompany the exquisite colour photographs, along with information on the site's location and how to find it.
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Born and raised in Virginia, Chuck Blackley is part of a photographic and writing team with Pat Blackley. With their love of history, the Blackleys explore a wealth of subjects throughout the mid-Atlantic and particularly in Virginia. The National Parks Conservation Association has described them as among u201cAmericau2019s most accomplished conservation photographers.Their work appears in countless magazines, including Backpacker, Blue Ridge Country, Country, Defenders of Wildlife, Destinations, Frommeru2019s Budget Travel, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Natural History, Outdoor America, Outdoor Photographer, Sierra Club, and Wilderness Society, as well as numerous books, calendars, and other commercial projects. Chuck is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. Their sole-author books include Our Virginia, Backroads from the Beltway, Blue Ridge Parkway Impressions, Shenandoah Valley Impressions, and Blue Ridge Parkway Simply Beautiful.Pat and Chuck Blackley are a photography and writing team born and raised in Virginia. Although they work throughout North America, their concentration is on the eastern United States. With a love of the outdoors and history, they find a wealth of subjects throughout the mid-Atlantic. They have enjoyed traveling that region for over thirty years. Chuck is a member of American Society of Media Photographers.Their work appears in numerous magazines, including AAA, Alaska Airlines, Backpacker, Blue Ridge Country, Country, Defenders of Wildlife, Destinations, Endless Vacation, Family Fun, Frommer's Budget Travel, National Parks, Natural History, On Earth, Outdoor America, Outdoor Photographer, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, Wildflowers, and in books by Countryman Press, Farcountry Press, Frommer's, Gareth Stevens, Globe Pequot, Insight Guides, National Geographic, Natural History, Reader's Digest, Sierra Press, Voyageur Press, and a majority of the national text book and calendar publishers. Additionally, their photographs appear regularly in commercial projects and other publications by organizations such as America Online, Boundless Journeys, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Impact Photographics, National Parks Foundation, National Park Service, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sierra Club, Sony Records, The Trust For Public Land, and Valley Conservation Council.They are the sole authors and photographers of Shenandoah National Park Impressions, Blue Ridge Parkway Impressions, Shenandoah Valley Impressions, Outer Banks Impressions, and Our Virginia.

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The real appeal of the Blackleys' latest offering is in the eye candy found on nearly every page. The sharpdetails and lush colors in each photograph are mentally mouth-watering...But, beware. If you thinkyou will be able to read this book and then resist the temptation to actually visit one or more of these historical delicacies, you could be sadly mistaken. Turning the pages of Virginia's Historic Homes and Gardens will whet your appetite, but it also will leave you hungry for more.--Free-Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA) April 18, 2009 The real appeal of the Blackleys latest offering is in the eye candy found on nearly every page. The sharpdetails and lush colors in each photograph are mentally mouth-watering But, beware. If you thinkyou will be able to read this book and then resist the temptation to actually visit one or more of these historical delicacies, you could be sadly mistaken. Turning the pages of Virginia s Historic Homes and Gardens will whet your appetite, but it also will leave you hungry for more.--Free-Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA) April 18, 2009 "

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