Author Joe Tennis has updated his popular “Southwest Virginia Crossroads” book for 2017, offering a 17-county guide to trails, waterfalls, towns and places to see.
The 180-page book also explains how 750 places took their funny names – from Big A Mountain and Goose Pimple Junction to Busthead, Frog Level, Dante and the Devil’s Bathtub.
On Monday, July 31, 7-8 p.m., the author from Bristol, Virginia, is speaking on “Southwest Virginia Crossroads: An Almanac of Place Names and Places to See – Second Edition” (CreateSpace, 2017, $19.99) at the auditorium of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.
“Southwest Virginia Crossroads” features 39 maps and more than 155 photos of places like South Holston Lake, Chestnut Mountain Falls, Virginia Creeper Trail, Laurel Bed Lake, High Knob Tower, and Burke’s Garden. The book’s cover features the Garden Hole of Breaks Interstate Park.
Tennis, 48, is also signing copies of his book during the Virginia Highlands Festival at the Abingdon Farmers market on Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
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