If you haven’t used road orders, then now’s the time. They are a record of how our ancestors built and maintained local roads, bridges, etc. They include names, dates, locations, and other wonderful material about when work was done.
In the search bar, enter the county you’re interested in to see if they have Road Order books, or enter the term “road orders” and a list of all the ones they have show up. Thanks to the VTRC, these are typed transcripts of the old handwritten books.
They have them for Albemarle, Amelia, Augusta, Botetourt, Brunswick, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Fincastle, Frederick, Goochland, Hanover, Loudoun, Louisa, Lunenburg, Montgomery, New Kent, Orange, and Spotsylvania Counties.