The following books offer some insight into topics considered relevant to Clermont’s History.
1. Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement by David Hackett Fischer and James C. Kelly
This book reexamines the American westward movement through migration from Virginia, in addition to the cultural continuities and folk traditions that arose from and relate back to the state.
2. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Unabridged) by Drew Gilpin Faust
This 2008 National Book award finalist was written by the current President of Harvard University, who spend her childhood in Clarke County, VA –the county in which Clermont is located. This book examines the effect of the American Civil War on the nation’s perception of death. It offers a wealth of cultural insight into this time period, including life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
3. Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis
This Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner examines slavery in the New World.
4.Washington by Ron Chernow
This lengthy tome on America’s first president includes at look at his time spent as a surveyor in Virginia (Washington surveyed Clermont). It also offers some insight into Lord Fairfax the Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia.