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Business along the Blue Ridge : cabinetmaking in Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia, 1750-1825

Author: A Nicholas Powers
Publisher: 2014.
Dissertation: M.A. University of Delaware 2014
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Business practices, including those of cabinetmakers, shaped the material world of Frederick County, Virginia, in complex ways. The county developed along different economic fronts during the second half of the eighteenth century, reflective of the regions from which settlers arrived. Eastern Frederick County initially resembled the tobacco plantation economy of Tidewater Virginia, while the western end of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: A Nicholas Powers
ISBN: 9781321095531 1321095538
OCLC Number: 904147374
Notes: Principal faculty advisor: J. Ritchie Garrison, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other Titles: Cabinetmaking in Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia, 1750-1825
Responsibility: A. Nicholas Powers.

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Business practices, including those of cabinetmakers, shaped the material world of Frederick County, Virginia, in complex ways. The county developed along different economic fronts during the second half of the eighteenth century, reflective of the regions from which settlers arrived. Eastern Frederick County initially resembled the tobacco plantation economy of Tidewater Virginia, while the western end of the county was comprised of smaller, but interdependent Pennsylvania-derived farms. Woodworkers originally met the variable challenges of each area by adapting to the needs of their immediate clients, either directly on the plantation or within their respective communities. Cabinetmaking practices merged somewhat during the last quarter of the eighteenth century, first and foremost because of better and cheaper access to key resources and skilled labor. Improvements in the wheat and manufacture-based trade economy also unified the county, and centralized cabinetmakers in growing town centers like Winchester and Berryville, where they had the best chance at success. Based on numerous primary sources including wills and probate inventories, deeds from the Corporation of Winchester and Frederick County, genealogical information, census records, and object analysis, this thesis reconstructs the business, social, political, and religious ties that linked cabinetmakers with communities from the county's founding until about 1825.

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