Author uncovers colonial history of Belle Isle Plantation in Lancaster

Dr. Lonnie H. Lee visiting Cozes, France, the childhood hometown of John Bertrand and Charlotte Jolly Bertrand.

Dr. Lonnie H. Lee, a member of the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society (LVHS), recently announced the release of his new book, A Brief History of Belle Isle Plantation, Lancaster County, Virginia, 1650-1782.

Published in March 2020 by Heritage Books, Lee’s work examines an extensive body of original records and archival sources about the early history and ownership of this Rappahannock River property that now comprises Belle Isle State Park.

The 170-page book can be purchased at or by contacting or 462-7280 for mail order details. The cost is $22.50 ($20.25 for LVHS members), plus postage and sales tax. On-site store purchases are not available due to coronavirus closures.

 “This book would never have happened without…

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