I was excited to hear Governor Romney's talking about Bill's Barbeque, which recently closed its doors in Richmond. Back in 1990 and 1991 I ate at a couple of the Bill's locations. This is yet another instance of how central barbeque is to American culture and in this case how close it is to politics. All of which reminds me that I'm going to talk about a barbeque feast in George Tucker’s The Valley of the Shenandoah, just as soon as Doug Thie and I get our paper on probate in Rockbridge County in the pre-Civil War era finished. The novel occupies a small but important place in that paper -- though more for what it says about trust law than barbeque.