Accent references for people who are not from Virginia who want to know what the accents referenced in the Raven Cycle sound like:
The “Old Money” accent attributed to the Gansey family is most likely the “Old Virginia” accent used by residents of the Tidewater region and NoVA (aka Northern VA, where they (If I recall correctly) live). It is considered the most genteel and the classiest of Virginia accents:
Henrietta, VA does not exist. Since in TDT it is suggested that it is near Rockingham County, I selected an accent that sounds as close as possible to one from that area (regrettably, there wasn’t a voice sample for that exact area that would serve as a good example, but I can testify from experience that this is very, very close). This is accent leans more towards the typical “Southern” accent:
Accents are from GMU’s Speech Accent Archive.