Pat Rose launches Tides that Bind-Weems, Virginia

Pat Lumpkin Rose recently launched her book, Tides That Bind-Weems, Virginia, at the Steamboat Era Museum.

A full house heard Rose talk about growing up in the community of Weems, reported director Barbara Brecher.

Rose spoke about researching, interviewing and reconnecting with many second-generation individuals over a five-year period. She also discovered how incumbent their Weems connections were upon one another, said Brecher.

Personal stories of success and failure amid vivid moments of caring and concern rise to the Weems story surface, she said. All served as a backdrop for families who labored long upon the fertile land and the bountiful waters that enclosed them.

The book is available at the museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington. Museum fall hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For group tours, call 438-6888.