“I Bet a Man a Hat Today…”

For four years, I’ve been researching Penniman, and still, the most wonderful surprises keep popping up. Last week, fellow history buff Mike Powell discovered a wonderful article in the Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac, Virginia) about moving houses from Penniman...

Why I Love Ferguson, Missouri

In Fall 2002, I was broke, depressed, lonely and very worried about the future. Months earlier, my beloved mother had died unexpectedly and my marriage of 24 years had ended in divorce. Those were tough times. I had one thing going for me: My newly published book, The...

Village For Sale. Cheap.

Incredible researcher and smart cookie Mark Hardin has made another remarkable discovery. He found an advertisement (dated October 1922) in the Richmond Times Dispatch, offering the Village of Penniman for sale. By this time, most of the contents of the WW1 munitions...

Our First Public Talk on Penniman!

Thursday night, David Spriggs and I gave our first talk on Penniman, Virginia’s Own Ghost Town. While preparing our powerpoint presentation, I learned two things I had not known before: 1)  Sometime in 1917 or 1918, a German sub made its way to the York River,...