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    Image courtesy of the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia

    Becoming Americans

    Three centuries, several farms, one museum more

    Jun 1, 2011


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    Toil and Trouble

    Appalachian DIY liquor makers feel the heat. more

    Sep 21, 2016


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    Alex Bostic

    The African Jamestown

    Virginia and Liberia have been inextricably tied for almost 200 years. Blacks from Virginia helped to build and lead the colony that became Liberia. more

    Aug 23, 2010


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    Jack Betts

    Mabry’s Marvel

    The Blue Ridge Parkway’s iconic Mabry Mill came dangerously close to decay and destruction last year, until friends of the popular parkway outpost intervened to save its massive waterwheel. more

    Jan 11, 2016



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    Big Byrd

    The glory days of Richmond’s original movie palace. more

    Jul 22, 2015



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    Glen McClure

    Faces of the Chesapeake

    Photographer Glen McClure traveled around the Chesapeake Bay, taking pictures of an “endangered species”—the watermen who fish and crab, and work on wharves and in seafood processing houses. Here are a few of McClure’s honest portraits. more

    Jun 13, 2011



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    Into the Woods

    Summer is time for camp, and in Virginia, that tradition is as strong today as it was 100 years ago. A look at the enduring appeal of sunlit days and lake swims, archery and riding, cabin pranks and rousing choruses of “Little Bunny Foo Foo.” more

    May 1, 2015


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    Chris Tyree

    The Princess Anne History Loop: Virginia Beach

    18th-century alternatives to sand and sun. more

    Aug 25, 2011


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    There and Back Again

    Four centuries of ferry service in the Old Dominion. more

    Jan 2, 2017


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    The Blue Ridge Palace of Love and Good Vibrations. more

    May 2, 2016


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    Restaurant Redux

    The iconic Blue Pete’s in Pungo is back in business and booming once again, helmed by twin brothers who have breathed new life into a Virginia Beach favorite. more

    Jan 20, 2017




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    The Mellon Legacy

    Among the great affluent class in Virginia, few have intrigued us more than the late billionaire philanthropist Paul Mellon and his wife Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon. more

    Jan 24, 2017

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    Bride & Groom

    Karis Joback & Andrew Feydo • May 28, 2016 • Braeloch Lodge, Vinton more

    Jan 20, 2017

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    Bride & Groom

    Shauna Trichler & Adam Fuhrmann • August 13, 2016 • Morven Park, Leesburg more

    Jan 12, 2017


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    Thanks to our wildly divergent geography, we Virginians get to do it all in the great outdoors. Join us as we meet some of each region’s most devoted sportsmen who boulder, fish, kayak, mountain bike, race and surf their way to recreational bliss. more

    Jul 26, 2016

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    Dead Weight

    The latest round of “no cheat” fitness trends include aerial yoga, barre-centered classes, Navy SEAL workouts and the use of suspension trainers like TRX. more

    Jun 6, 2016

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    Best of Virginia Celebration 2015

    Hundreds of guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom of Richmond's Altria Theater June 17 to celebrate the winners from our annual readers' survey at Virginia Living's inaugural Best of Virginia Celebration! more

    Jun 19, 2015

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