Summer on the Southside

Cover art - Summer on the Southside by Amy Waters YarsinskeSummer on the Southside brings to life the warm and sunny memories of yesteryear with unsurpassed detail by acclaimed author and historian Amy Waters Yarsinske. Including never-before-published images spanning the years from 1870 to 1965, this collection is a nostalgic view of those lazy summer days in the southside region of Hampton Roads. Scenes from the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton, chronicle the familiar and well loved activities of summer, from fishing trips, beach outings, and picnics to ice cream cones, fireworks and baseball. Evoking the sweet, heavy scent of summer with beautiful photographs and charming anecdotes, this books is a well-crafted history of summertime in Virginia that invites all to reminisce.

Whether you are a newcomer to the area or a longtime resident, Summer on the Southside will appeal to anyone who has ever spent a warm summer evening sitting on the porch, listening to the frogs and watching the fireflies. From the first chapter, “Bring Forth the Flowers,” to the last, “School Bells and Fall Leaves,” readers will enjoy this meandering journey down memory lane.