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About Relics & Bones™

Relics & Bones™ exists to study, promote, preserve and celebrate American history, heroes and heritage. Our goal is to study and honor our history and heritage by offering products, articles and services that promote these goals. We invite you to join us! is the online home of Southern author Richard Williams. Williams is an entrepreneur, historian, preservationist, award winning author, autodidact, tour guide, relic hunter, researcher, and raconteur. He’s a contributing editor for Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine and is also a contributor to The Essential Civil War Curriculum which is a Sesquicentennial project of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech. He writes for other websites and publications as well.

Williams is a full member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars as well as the Archeological Society of Virginia, The Company of Military Historians, Preservation Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, the Wayesboro Heritage Foundation, the Augusta County Historical Society and the Roger Williams Family Association. Williams currently serves on the board for the National Civil War Chaplains Museum and the Waynesboro (VA) Heritage Foundation.

Williams has worked as a stonemason's apprentice, publisher, freelance writer, film producer, and served 12 years as a Conservator of the Peace and Magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Though largely self-educated, Williams holds a paralegal certificate and a professional designation in the financial services industry. He's published articles in several business journals.

Loving all things old, Williams has a passion for recovering, researching, preserving and restoring artifacts. His current preservation projects range from the many relics he pulls from the ground to a 1966 Ford F100 Pickup. When not working, researching, preserving artifacts, reading, writing, blogging, canoeing or spending time with his lovely wife or any of his 22 grandchildren, he can usually be found traipsing through some remote hollow in the Blue Ridge Mountains or some mist-covered battlefield here in Virginia; enjoying the beauty of Creation and the company of his ancestors' spirits with a metal detector in his hands, a gleam in his eye, and a smile on his face.

(If your organization is interested in having Richard Williams speak to your group, please contact us via the email option on the home page. If you'd like to see Mr. Williams's CV, please request using the same option.)

Image at top of page is a replica of Roger Williams's compass. The original was used by Williams on his journey from Massachusetts to Rhode Island.

Image below is Richard Williams's 1966 Ford F100, currently undergoing an off-frame restoration.

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