Rick Britton
Most Recent Book Title
Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History
Book Description
An award-winning author and historian, Rick Britton has parlayed his passion for central Virginia’s fascinating past into: numerous classes and battlefield tours; dozens of speaking engagements, radio interviews, and podcasts; a large number of essays and articles; two previous books; and now––with Virginia Vignettes––a marvelously eclectic collection of his widely popular stories. In Virginia Vignettes, master storyteller Rick Britton weaves for his readers a wonderfully rich tapestry of colorful people, momentous events, and long-forgotten anecdotes.
The first of many to come, Virginia Vignettes (Volume I) features: express rider Jack Jouett, First Lady Dolley Madison, young Edgar Allan Poe, local Black Baptist Churches, thrill-seeker B. F. Ficklin, the U.Va. Rotunda Fire, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and Medal of Honor winner Frank Dabney Peregoy.
Additional Book Titles
Albemarle & Charlottesville: An Illustrated History
Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler
(Monthly Newsletter) Central Virginia History Blast
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Location (city/state/country)
Virginia, U.S.
Author bio
A historian of the Old Dominion, RICK BRITTON specializes in 18th- and 19th-century Virginia history. Two of his main areas of expertise are the American Civil War (over 60 percent of which was fought in Virginia), and the life and times of our third president, Thomas Jefferson.
Along with his writing and editing, Rick conducts tours of Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields, teaches classes on the history of Virginia, organizes history programming for the Senior Center Inc. of Charlottesville, illustrates maps for history books and websites, and lectures frequently on a wide range of Virginia history topics.
With over 200 published articles and essays under his belt, he's the author of Albemarle & Charlottesville: An Illustrated History and Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler (which was awarded a medal for non-fiction at New York City’s Book Expo, the nation’s largest book convention).
Professional Speaker Topics
History: Thomas Jefferson; Civil War
Writing: Researching and writing local history
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