Richmond County Public Library

Local History


Richmond County High School Yearbooks

Warsaw High School, Richmond County High School, and Rappahannock High School Yearbooks from 1948 to 2014. (Some years are missing)

Northern Neck News in the Virginia Chronicle

The Virginia Chronicle is a historical archive of Virginia newspapers, providing free access to full text searching and digitized images of over a million newspaper pages. This collection contains 150,076 issues comprising 1,106,770 pages and 183,885 articles. It includes many titles, but those of local interest include the Northern Neck News (Warsaw), Southside Sentinel (Urbanna) and the Rappahannock Record (Kilmarnock).

Digitized Local History Books

Perhaps of widest interest among the recently digitized books are Richmond County Virginia 1692-1992: A Tricentennial Portrait, a 248-page pictorial history of Richmond County; and Richmond County Virginia Review: Commemorating the Bicentennial 1976 , a 576-page in-depth written history of the county. Both of these histories were originally commissioned by the Richmond County Board of Supervisors, who earlier in 2020 granted the library to re-publish these for free online.

Tom Robbins, Local Author

Noted author Tom Robbins grew up in Warsaw, VA in the 1940s and included several chapters about growing up in Warsaw in his 2014 memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie. In October, 2015 he returned to Warsaw from his home in Washington state to reunite with friends in the community and read from his memoir. Photos and stories about that visit are posted here.

Close Ties Magazine

Close Ties magazine was produced in 7 issues from 1990 to 1997 by Richmond County (Virginia) Intermediate School and gave students an opportunity to learn about and report on their community’s history. For each year’s issue, students interviewed family and community members and gathered photographs, under the guidance of their teacher/advisors. Each issue is available free online.

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