Truckin' on the Western Branch

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The Churchland / West Norfolk / Western Branch / Bowers Hill communities of Chesapeake & Portsmouth, Virginia owe their unique heritage to the truck farmers who grew vegetables, fruits and flowers across the area. Those "truckers" and their commitment to family, friends, and neighbors nurtured a culture of caring that remained after truck farming faded. The community at large also nurtured scores of youngsters who went on to become highly successful in a wide range of careers -- and credit their hometown with fostering their achievements. Truckin' on the Western Branch, created by journalists John H. Sheally II and Phyllis Speidell with educator Karla Smith, captures the story of the truckers and the community through the recollections of more than 100 people, the documented history of the area, and a collection of compelling vintage and contemporary photos. Hardback, 224 pages.

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