Virginia was the first permanent colony. Unfortunately , numerous settlers died of starvation and disease. However, others were able to survive because the Native Americans helped them by teaching them how to hunt and gather food along with information on certain plants and herbs that were good for the human body.
Louise McNeill was one of West Virginia's poet lauretes. Her memoir, Milkweed Ladies, tells of six generations of her family and their farm. Her book of poetry, Elderberry Flood, tells the history of West Virginia in verse. If you read just one West Virginia author, read McNeill!