Thompson publishes more Wayne County history
WAYNE — Local author and history buff Robert Thompson recently released two more books to add to his collection of Wayne County history publications.
“Holler Tales” and “Ramsdell” are in stock and available for purchase at the Wayne County Library and Thompson will also be present at both the Wayne Fall Festival set for this weekend and the CK AutumnFest set for the end of the month.
“Holler Tales” is a collection of first hand accounts people wrote about their childhoods from the 1860s until the early 1900s and Ramsdell is a biography of Z.D. Ramsdell, whose home still stands in Ceredo.
Ramsdell was from Maine and settled in Ceredo in 1858. He was rumored to be an abolitionist and participated in the Underground Railroad, although Thompson found no evidence of that.
Thomson said writing Ramsdell gave him a new approach on some of his previous publications while Hollar Tales is new format.
“I have done several Civil War biographies but only about confederate figures. Ramsdell is my first about a Union figure,” Thompson said. “Holler Tales is my first to be solely comprised of first hand accounts.”
He has published several books including East Lynn Booming, Climbing Trouts Hill, Images of East Lynn, Pioneer, Rebels and Wolves, Fear No Man, Poor Farm, Badges & Bullets, Twelve Pole Terror and Uphill Both Ways.
He said his favorite thing about writing historical books about the county stem from his upbringing and his love of finding facts.
“I love discovering stories that no one else has found or seen in a very long time,” he said.
Thompson grew up at East Lynn and graduated from Wayne High in 2006. He has been teaching in the county since 2011.
His next projects include a book about the history of the Town of Fort Gay and another about the Great Depression in Wayne County.
Thompson’s books can be purchased by sending $20 plus $4 shipping ($24.00 total) to P.O. Box 221 Wayne, WV 25570 or online at www.lulu.com/robt1687.