Historian Thomas D. “Tom” Perry is presently doing the following programs 2009-2011.

These are PowerPoint presentations where Perry supplies the computer and projector.

Brothers in Arms: J. E. B. Stuart and his brothers in the Civil War

Frank Stringfellow, Confederate Spy, Martinsville Minister.

"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" George Stoneman's 1865 Raid

A Tale of Two Great- Grandfathers: J. E. B. Stuart's Ancestors in the American Revolution

Patrick County Virginia In The Civil War

Murder In A Rear View Mirror


Contact Tom Perry

Email freestateofpatrick@yahoo.com

Phone 276-692-5300

Mail: P. O. Box 11 Ararat VA 24053

  Tom Perry at the house site at J. E. B. Stuart's Birthplace.

Tom Perry has spoke at the following groups and locations

Augusta GA Civil War Round Table

Bassett Historical Center

Carroll County Historical Society

Campaigning With Lee, James I. Robertson's Summer Civil War Tour

Charlottesville Virginia Civil War Round Table

Floyd County Historical Society

Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society

Mason Dixon Civil War Round Table (Morgantown WV)

North Carolina Civil War Table

Patrick County Genealogical Society

Patrick County Historical Society

Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table

Reynolds Homestead

Rockford, North Carolina, Preservation Society

Rocky Mount North Carolina Civil War Round Table

Stokes County North Carolina Historical Society

Stokes-Rockingham Genealogical Society

Surry County Civil War Round Table

Surry County Genealogical Society

West Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table

Wilmington Delaware Civil War Round Table

DAR, SAR, SCV and UDCs all over Virginia and North Carolina


About Thomas D. Perry



J. E. B. Stuart’s biographer, Emory Thomas, describes Tom Perry as "a fine and generous gentleman who grew up near Laurel Hill, where Stuart grew up, has founded J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace, and attracted considerable interest in the preservation of Laurel Hill. He has started a symposium series about aspects of Stuart’s life to sustain interest in Stuart beyond Ararat, Virginia." Perry graduated from Patrick County High School in 1979 and Virginia Tech in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in history.

Tom founded the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace in 1990. The non-profit organization has preserved 75 acres of the Stuart property including the house site where J. E. B. Stuart was born on February 6, 1833. Perry wrote the eight interpretive signs about Laurel Hill’s history along with the Virginia Civil War Trails sign and the new Virginia Historical Highway Marker in 2002. He spent many years researching and traveling all over the nation to find Stuart materials. He continues his work to preserve Stuart’s Birthplace, producing the Laurel Hill Teacher’s Guide for educators and the Laurel Hill Reference Guide for groups.

             Perry can be seen on Virginia Public Television’s Forgotten Battlefields: The Civil War in Southwest Virginia,with his mentor noted Civil War Historian Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Perry has begun a collection of papers relating to Stuart and Patrick County history in the Special Collections Department of the Carol M. Newman Library at Virginia Tech under the auspices of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.

             Historian Thomas D. Perry is the author and publisher of over forty books on regional history in Virginia surrounding his home county of Patrick. He is the author of ten books on Patrick County, Virginia, including Ascent to Glory, The Genealogy of J. E. B. Stuart, The Free State of Patrick: Patrick County Virginia in the Civil War, The Dear Old Hills of Patrick: J. E. B. Stuart and Patrick County, Virginia, Images of America: Patrick County Virginia, and Notes From The Free State Of Patrick.

            For a decade, Perry taught Civil War history to every eleventh grade history class at his alma mater, Patrick County High School, from his book The Free State of Patrick: Patrick County Virginia in the Civil War. He can be seen on Henrico County Virginia’s DVD documentary Bold Dragoon: The Life of J. E. B. Stuart.

            Perry was a featured presenter at the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2012. He speaks all over the country on topics as far ranging as Andy Griffith to J. E. B. Stuart.

In 2004, Perry began The Free State of Patrick Internet History Group, which became the largest historical organization in the area, with over 500 members. It covered Patrick County, Virginia, and regional history. Tom produced a monthly email newsletter about regional history entitled Notes From The Free State of Patrick that comes from his website, www.freestateofpatrick.com. 

            In 2009, Perry used his book Images of America Henry County Virginia to raise over $25,000 for the Bassett Historical Center, “The Best Little Library in Virginia,” and as editor of the Henry County Heritage Book raised another $30,000. Perry was responsible for over $200,000 of the $800,000 raised to expand the regional history library. 

            He is the recipient of the John E. Divine Award from the Civil War Education Association, the Hester Jackson Award from the Surry County Civil War Round Table, and the Best Article Award from the Society of North Carolina Historians for his article on Stoneman’s Raid in 2008. In 2010, he received acknowledgement from the Bassett Public Library Association for his work to expand the Bassett Historical Center and was named Henry County Virginia Man of the Year by www.myhenrycounty.com. The Sons of the American Revolution presented Tom with the Good Citizenship Award. Perry also recently received the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award from the Patrick Henry Daughters of the American Revolution.

            Perry has remembered the history of those who helped him. He worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation to name the bridge over the Dan River after his neighbor, Command Sergeant Major Zeb Stuart Scales, who was the most decorated non-commissioned soldier from Patrick County, Virginia. Perry remember his teachers at Blue Ridge Elementary School including his father, Erie Perry, who was a teacher and principal for thirty years in The Free State of Patrick, by placing a monument to the retired teachers at the school in Ararat, Virginia.

            Perry, a recognized authority on J. E. B. Stuart is presently working on a three volume projected titled The Papers of J. E. B. Stuart.





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