Historical Highway Marker
Washington Avenue at Court Street
Marion Harland's plethora of writing includes the best-selling cookbook Common Sense in the Household, which found its way into American kitchens for more than 50 years. In addition to authoring numerous novels and non-fiction books, Harland was also a syndicated newspaper columnist and short story writer. She was born approximately eight miles from this marker's roadside location.
TEXT OF HIGHWAY MARKER
"Born Mary Virginia Hawes at Dennisville about eight miles south, Harland was a prolific author, producing a syndicated newspaper column for women, many short stories, 25 novels, 25 volumes on domestic life, and 12 books on travel, biography, and Virginia history. Her Common Sense in the Household (1871) was the best-selling cookbook in America for more than fifty years, until the Fannie Farmer Cookbook and the Settlement Cookbook became popular after World War I."