The hunt is on.
We’re working on a new book about a piece of Virginia’s regional history that is utterly and wholly captivating.
Penniman: Virginia’s Own Ghost Town.
In 1916, DuPont opened a new munitions factory on the old Bechtel Farm, on a piece of land east of Williamsburg. Less than three years later, it would be an impressive facility with scores of buildings, dozens of dormitories and hundreds of homes. By 1920, it was gone. The “War to End All Wars” was over, and there was no more need for this munitions factory on the York River.
The property was turned over to the U. S. Government and in later years, it would come to be known as Cheatham Annex.
But there’s a piece of the puzzle that we really need. According to this article in the Richmond Times Dispatch, a full accounting of the building of the houses at Penniman can be found in a 1916-ish publication called, “The Projectile.”
There are a whole lot of history buffs that read this blog every day and if anyone has any clues where to find “The Projectile,” please let me know.
Additionally, we’re also looking for a weekly employee newsletter written for the workers at the DuPont Munitions Plant in Penniman. It was called, “The Polka Dot” (yes, really).
Last (and this may be the easiest), I’m hoping to find a copy of “Old Hickory,” a reprint of a 1920 booklet with extensive information on the DuPont munitions plant in Tennessee. It was reproduced in 1987 by the Hadley Bend Historical Association. I have a paper copy, but would love to have the original document.
Thanks in advance to the many smart people who read this blog every day! 😀
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