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March 30, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

New From Slate River Press




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Nancy’s Gifts

13126 W James Anderson, Buckingham, VA ~ Phone (434) 969-2162.


Learn more about the descendants of Randolph Jefferson. . . .

Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville follows the rise and fall of Randolph Jefferson’s most successful son. Nephew to President Thomas Jefferson, Peter Field proved that at least one member of the family had a head for business. The story of his life parallels that of the changing cultural landscape of the James River’s Horseshoe Bend across seven decades—rising from virtual frontier to the establishment of Scottsville in Albemarle County, through the building of the James River and Kanawha Canal, and culminating in the early months of the Civil War. Jefferson’s success as a self-made man is tainted with great personal loss, making his story a distinctively American tragedy.

Lost Jeffersons is a collection of essays which follows descendants of Randolph Jefferson and their kinfolk. Their fates reveal, in part, the genetic decline of one branch of the Jefferson family. A microcosm of Virginia’s gentry, multiple generations of cousin marriage resulted in a concentration of undesirable traits—including alcoholism, idiocy, and insanity—compromising individuals who might otherwise have led productive and useful lives.

April 7, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

Slate River Ramblings

What to read while you are waiting for the next book from Slate River Press?


Photo by Joanne Yeck


Visit Slate River Ramblings, a blog by Joanne Yeck.

Explore the past in Buckingham County, Virginia and its environs.



June 7, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

Braughler Books

“At a Place Called Buckingham”
The Jefferson Brothers
“At a Place Called Buckingham” ~ Volume Two

Now available online at Braughler Books.  Visit soon!


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March 29, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

“At a Place Called Buckingham” ~ Volume Two

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“At a Place Called Buckingham” — Volume Two once again collects a dozen essays depicting the people and places of Buckingham County, Virginia. Details gleaned from newly discovered county records, contemporary newspaper accounts, and private collections result in a marvelous mosaic of life at the very heart of Virginia. Meet the proprietors of 19th-century hotels and health resorts, ferry operators, educators, stewards of the poor, planters and their slaves, the hard-working men of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and notables whose influence reached far beyond the county. A bonus section, “Maysville Gallery,” features photographs made in 1933 as part of the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South.

Purchase online at the Braughler Books Store.

August 25, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

New Author Website

Photo by Connie Geary

Photo by Connie Geary

Announcing a New Website for Slate River Press Author Joanne Yeck

Please visit Joanne L. Yeck and discover her writings about Hollywood, Virginia, and beyond!


September 6, 2013 / Joanne Yeck


The Jefferson BrothersMARK YOUR CALENDAR

Join author Joanne Yeck for the following book talks and signings:

October 1st: Library of Virginia, Noon, Richmond, Virginia

October 5th: Baine’s Scottsville, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Scottsville, Virginia

October 8th: Monticello Museum Shop, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Monticello, Virginia


April 18, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Available Online at Braughler Books


“Local Authors & Artists”

On Saturday, May 18th, Dayton, Ohio’s Metro Library will host local authors, musicians, artists, and filmmakers at the Main Library.   The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. – Noon in the auditorium.

Slate River Press author, Joanne Yeck, will be there with “AT A PLACE CALLED BUCKINGHAM” and THE JEFFERSON BROTHERS.

Come downtown and drop in!

April 2, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Slate River Ramblings

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Announcing Slate River Ramblings: A new blog by author Joanne L. Yeck

Click here to explore Buckingham County and beyond . . .  Slate River Ramblings

January 12, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Book Talk: The Jefferson Brothers

The Jefferson Brothers

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Wright Memorial Library, 1776 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood, OH

Join Joanne Yeck at Wright Memorial Library and discover Thomas Jefferson’s only brother, Randolph Jefferson, a planter in Buckingham County, Virginia.

What kind of a big brother was Thomas Jefferson? Come to the library on January 27th and find out!

November 29, 2012 / Joanne Yeck

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