Portrait of a Town is an account of life in Cape Charles, Virginia in the 1940's and 1950's. Thirty-three vignettes weave together the history and flavor of the town through the experiences of a child of that era. Scenes of playing in the swamp, jumping from the railroad's coal shute into the harbor, and fishing off the Eastern Shore's barrier islands portray a childhood of freedom that has all but disappeared. Stories such as "Abundance," "The Green Bean Caper," and "Wild Cherry Wine" depict the rural aspects of life in and around Cape Charles while "Crossing the Bay During World War II" and "Evidence of War" present a child's reaction to the major events of the 1940's. This nostalgic accounting of small town life on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is sure to charm its readers into reaching for their car keys in search of this gem of town.

"In Portrait of a Town, Pat Parsons reflects with warm nostalgia on her experiences growing up in a lovely and proud bayside village on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Her delightful portrayal of daily life during World War II and of Cape Charles's struggle to survive the changing times provide valuable insight into the history of the area."

John M. Barber, Fellow, American Society of Marine Artists


"Parsons' straight forward approach to storytelling and marvelous memory captures the very essence of small town American life during the decades of the 1940's and 1950's. The book is a read well worth reading."

Larry Chowning, Author, Harvesting the Chesapeake and other books on the Chesapeake Bay


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