What Readers Are Saying . . . .
While doing research, Yeck had the opportunity to get to know her Virginia cousins. Being only the second person in her family to be born outside Virginia since 1617, returning to the state felt like a homecoming for her. She fell in love with both the county and its residents.
Heather Harris, Rural Virginian
Without a doubt, Yeck truly provides her readers with much more than lessons about Buckingham’s history. She offers them a connection, a bond, with the people who made this community what it is today – “At a Place Called Buckingham.”
Tana Knott, The Farmville Herald
Just finished reading “At a Place Called Buckingham” and The Jefferson Brothers. I thoroughly enjoyed them both! Thank you for all the research and effort you’ve put into bringing these historical facts together and for presenting them in such an easy way. I look forward to your future writings.
Yeck has done a remarkable job gathering together these tales from a county that sadly lost a lot of historical records to fire.
Steven G. (Virginia)
Yeck tells a great story, imparting a deep flavor and visual image of things Buckingham. Those with roots in the county will find nuggets in every article that will leave you yearning for the days of old.
Mary Carolyn (Indiana)
You have truly brought Buckingham’s past to life and I know many folks are going to be delighted.
Scholarly yet accessible, the stories in “At a Place Called Buckingham” give a great sense of a place for which the author clearly has both great affection and vast knowledge. Well selected photos, maps and illustrations enhance the reading experience. Certainly a must-read for Buckingham Country/Virginia history buffs, and a great introduction for readers new to the topic.
Joanne Yeck, a life-long writer historian, has previously published work in film-related projects and American pop culture. With “At A Place Called Buckingham” she has switched gears, and reveals a rich history of a particular and peculiar place; a story of a rural, remote planting country. In a smart, engaging style, she brings to life the elusive past of this isolated place. Her essays capture poignant stories about real people and the challenges they faced in this new land. Fiercely independent, skillful and resourceful, these people not only survived, but continued to thrive, despite the historical cataclysms of wars and depressions that engulfed them. Today, little of Buckingham’s illustrious past remains to be seen in this sparsely populated county less than eighty miles west of Richmond. Delightfully, Dr. Yeck has compiled a fresh history of a lost past; but now, not forgotten place. A worthwhile read!
John (San Francisco)