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This profile was last updated on 6/18/99  and contains information from public web pages.

Mrs. Pocahontas Wight Edmunds

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Halifax Woman's Club

Employment History

  • Sunday School Teacher and Chairman
    World Missions

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Halifax County Garden Club
  • Founder
    South Boston Woman's Club
  • Eminent Writer and Historian
  • Active Member
    World Missions


  • Agnes Scott College
Web References
Pocahontas Wight ..., 18 June 1999 [cached]
Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
Halifax County author Pocahontas Wight Edmunds died Tuesday in Richmond.She was 95.A private burial took place at the cemetery at St. John's Episcopal Church in Halifax.A memorial service for Mrs. Edmunds will be held July 17 at St. John's Episcopal Church.Active in community affairs, Mrs. Edmunds founded the South Boston Woman's Club and the Halifax County Garden Club. She was elected president of the Halifax Woman's Club on two occasions.In 1933, she initiated the Halifax County Homes Tour which features tours of historical homes and directed 15 of those tours.She was chosen Woman of the Year for Halifax County and has been listed in Who's Who Among American Women.Mrs. Edmunds was an active member of the Halifax Presbyterian Church as a Sunday School teacher and chairman of World Missions.And, for 17 years she served as a Brownie Scout leader.A noted author, Mrs. Edmunds wrote 10 books including biographies and sea coast stories of Virginia and North Carolina.She wrote the definitive history of Halifax County (1,800 pages).A book she wrote on U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes was chosen for the White House library during the Kennedy Administration.Mrs. Edmunds also spoke often at schools and club meetings about the characters in her books, especially her ancestor, Pocahontas.In 1956, the Encyclopedia Britannica cited Mrs. Edmunds as an authority on Pocahontas.While most of her books are out of print, they are in continuous use in school libraries, city libraries, and seven state libraries.In 1995, Mrs, Edmunds was interviewed for documentaries on Pocahontas which were shown on television in Japan, England, and the United States.Her manuscripts are at the Alderman Library of the University of Virginia, the Norfolk Public Library, the East Carolina University Library, and at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, Cal.Mrs. Edmunds was a member of The Writers Club and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of Virginia.She graduated at St. Catherine's School as the 1921 June Queen.In 1991, she received the Ellott-St.Catherine's Distinguished Alumna Award.Mrs. Edmunds graduated from Agnes Scott College where intercollegiate debating trained her in research and public speaking.She continued her studies in French and violin in Paris.Mrs. Edmunds was born in 1904 to Pocahontas Wilson and Richard Cunningham Wight.
Sources include the late Kenneth Cook, ... [cached]
Sources include the late Kenneth Cook, a young historian, Mrs. Pocahontas Edmunds, Herman Ginther's book "Captain Staunton's River" with permission from the author, additional information from the present owners.
Whereas, Almighty God has called to ..., 21 July 1999 [cached]
Whereas, Almighty God has called to her reward our beloved, charter member, Mrs. Pocahontas Wight Edmunds, the eminent writer and historian, who has served this Club for seventy years, faithfully and conscientiously; andWhereas, Mrs. Edmunds served twice as its President, representing its members ably and efficiently and graciously, with an emphasis on promoting interest in the fine arts, especially music, by bringing many renowned artists to perform at the Club meetings and instilling a love and appreciation for the beauty of flowers, historic buildings and families in our Community; andWhereas, Mrs. Edmunds initiated and directed tours of old homes, beginning in 1933; andWhereas, the Board desires to make just recognition of her many sterling qualities and to express its great loss in the passing of Mrs. Edmunds and to extend its sympathy to her family; andNow, therefore, be it resolved that this board does hereby commend and acknowledge her valuable service and her noble traits of character and expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to her family and be it resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to the family, a copy published in the county papers and a copy spread upon the minutes of this meeting.
Staunton River Tour, 17 Nov 2002 [cached]
Sources include the late Kenneth Cook, a young historian, Mrs. Pocahontas Edmunds, Herman Ginther's book "Captain Staunton's River" with permission from the author, additional information from the present owners.
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