All books in the Legacy of Rural Living collection by Donald W. Payne are filled with informative, yet entertaining stories on what life was like when families raised their own food, used draft animals to till the soil and harvest crops, relied on wild game as a source of food, bought fresh ground grain from local grist mills, lived without electricity or indoor plumbing, and gathered at night to tell exciting, often scary, stories under the glow of kerosene lamps.
Times were simpler and often difficult during the past two centuries, but there were also many happy times. Everyone had modest expectations and it took fewer material possessions to bring happiness. The toil was hard during the week, but relief was found through Saturday night square dances or Sunday church meetings.
The stories in these books are greatly enhanced by dozens of old photographs that tell stories of their own. Many of the pictures are gathered from family albums dating back to the late 1800s.The detailed narrative in each book easily connects and endears even those readers who never experienced a primitive country lifestyle. Anyone from anywhere will enjoy these unique journeys into a fabulous bygone era!
Books by donald w. payne
A Legacy of Rural Virginia - Book I
Entertaining, fact-based stories on the daily lives of rural people in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Chapter 1 – Country Living
Chapter 2 – Farming the Land
Chapter 3 – Dog, Hunting, and Fishing Stories
Chapter 4 – Ghosts, Murders, and Other Tragedies
Chapter 5 – Old Mills
Chapter 6 – The Music in Our Lives
A Legacy of Rural Virginia - Book II
This continuation of Book I covers aspects of the simpler times of rural life, sometimes marked with hardship, but often also with happiness.
Chapter 1 – Saw Milling and Railroad Tie Cutting
Chapter 2 – Unique People
Chapter 3 – River and Creek Stories
Chapter 4 – Wine and Whiskey Making
Chapter 5 – Humorous Stories
Chapter 6 – War Heroes
Exciting fictional stories of rural traditions, ill-fated love, unique gifts, fantasy, intrigue and murder.
Chapter 1 – The Drovers
Chapter 2 – Murder On The River
Chapter 3 – Whiskey Dream
Chapter 4 – The Eviction Notice
Chapter 5 – A Break In Tradition
Chapter 6 – Night Hunter
Chapter 7 – Her Last Gift
Chapter 8 – A Christmas Angel
Hard Times - Good Times
In the tradition of Books I and II, this book provides more stories on rural living. Even with destitution, depression and catastrophic events, there were always simple pleasures in life.
Chapter 1 – Hard Times
Chapter 2 – Catastrophic Events
Chapter 3 – Evicted From Paradise
Chapter 4 – Mysterious Goings On and Strange Happenings
Chapter 5 – Personal Memories (Stories) From The Past
Chapter 6 – Death and Funerals
Chapter 7 – Tramps
Chapter 8 – Old Time Baseball
Chapter 9 – Country Stores and Eatin’ Places
A Journey into the Past
Another book with great stories about rural living. Travel back to years long since faded away!
Chapter 1 – Plantations and Classic Estates
Chapter 2 – Intrigue of the Past
Chapter 3 – Murder and Strange Happenings
Chapter 4 – Grist Mills
Chapter 5 – Old Taverns
Chapter 6 – Classic Churches
Chapter 7 – Hobos–Riding the Rails