"Truckin' on the Western Branch"
A cultural History of Churchland, West Norfolk, Western Branch, and Bower's Hill


Truckin' on the Western Branch,"
created by journalists John H. Sheally II and Phyllis Speidell with educator Karla Smith, captures the story of the truckers and the community through the recollections of more than 100 people, the documented history of the area and a collection of compelling vintage and contemporary photos.

Truckin' on the Western Branch is available NOW.

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plus tax (Copies are also available in Churchland at: The Portsmouth YMCA in Churchland, Jems from Jennie, Harris Tire, The 18th Century Merchant, Hair by Andrea, First Team Toyota, Village Florist, and Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve.
In Suffolk at: A. Dodson's, Bennett's Creek Market, Bennett's Creek Pharmacy, and Bon Vivant Wine & Brew at Governor's Point Shoppes
All three of our books are available at Bennett's Creek Pharmacy.)
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Publication sponsored by
Suffolk River Heritage

A non-profit, 501 (c) 3, foundation, Suffolk River Heritage promotes an awareness and appreciation of the history and heritage of villages and neighborhoods along the Nansemond, James and Elizabeth Rivers. The trio of waterways is as inter-connected as the farmers, watermen, businesses, and families living along and near their shorelines.

Since 2006 foundation members have been collecting oral histories and other primary source material relevant to those communities. From that work the foundation developed a series of books in which we share stories, photography and a touch of historical research, creating a sense of place to share with a rapidly changing region.

The River Binds Us, published 2007, the story of the farms and watermen's villages of Crittenden, Eclipse and Hobson

Peninsula in Passage, published in 2012, the story of the villages of Bennett's Creek, Driver, and Pughsville as they evolved into the suburban area surrounding the planned community of Harbour View.

Truckin' on the Western Branch, published 2014, the story of how a thriving region of truck farmers - Churchland, West Norfolk, Western Branch and Bowers Hill - grew into a diverse, suburban community while retaining some of its village culture and closeness.


Suffolk River Heritage
PO Box 6007
Suffolk, VA 23433