The Elizabeth River

Cover art - The Elizabeth River by Amy Waters Yarsinske

This volume traces more than four centuries of the Elizabeth river’s history, rich in biodiversity, she is a living body of water.

Those who named her opened a tablet in human history, one this enduring, beautiful princess has enriched each day since.  There is today much to be gleaned from the river’s strength. As you read through The Elizabeth River, remember that this remarkable river is your river.  From the Great Bridge Lock to the Norfolk Naval Station, the importance of the Elizabeth River is ever-present in our everyday lives. Since man came to live on her shores, she has been a river with a story.

Dateline 27 August 2007:  Amy Waters Yarsinske was recognized by the Hampton Roads Alliance For Environmental Education (HRAEE) with the 2007 Excellence in Communication Award for The Elizabeth RiverThe Elizabeth River is being used by the University of Virginia School of Architecture as a core text to teach students about communities and their development and interaction with a critical body of water.

The Elizabeth River Project purchased 200 advanced copies of the book to support its mission of education and the Elizabeth River’s restoration.

 

Copyright © 2011 by Amy Waters Yarsinske.


The Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 2007

Contact: Katie Parry | katie.parry@historypress.net

Landmark Work Chronicles the Elizabeth River

Charleston, SC:

The History Press is proud to release The Elizabeth River: Virginia’s Remarkable River Princess by Amy Waters Yarsinske. This volume traces more than four centuries of the Elizabeth River’s history. Rich in biodiversity, she is a living body of water. Those who named her opened a tablet in human history, one this enduring, beautiful princess has enriched each day since. From the Great Bridge Lock to the Norfolk Naval Station, the importance of the Elizabeth River is ever-present in our everyday lives. Since man came to live on her shores, she has been a river with a story—ourstory.

The Elizabeth River is a vital, important body of water. The fact that the history of the nation is tied so closely to the history of the Elizabeth River holds true. Andrew Sprowle’s private shipyard has become the oldest, largest and best naval shipyard in the United States—Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Sewell’s Point, the land first purchased back in 1620, has become the site of the world’s largest naval base. Hospital Point is the site of the oldest naval hospital. Aside from the military buildup that has taken place along its banks, the river’s port facilities have been developed, with terminals on all sides of the river, including the largest coal facility in the world. But the condition of the Elizabeth suffered over time and its health has been a wake-up call that rivers that are the lifeblood of our nation which must be saved. This definitive history concerns itself with the efforts to restore the Elizabeth River and preserve its history.

 

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