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    Atomic Wonder

    The nation’s first and last commercial nuclear ship rests on the James River, a silent witness to American nuclear ambitions during the Cold War. Both a passenger and cargo vessel, the N.S. Savannah made history—and then was overtaken by it. Read more

    Mar 16, 2015


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    Car Talk

    The story of Virginia’s first custom car. One piece at a time. Read more

    Jul 14, 2015

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    More Guests, Martha

    Mount Vernon humanizes the father of our country. Read more

    Mar 8, 2016


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    The Race to Space

    A Langley engineer provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of NASA’s early days. Read more

    Apr 14, 2016


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    Barn Raising

    An effort to protect Pittsylvania’s remaining tobacco barns is as much about honoring a way of life as it is about preserving the history of the industry. Read more

    Oct 30, 2014


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    Flying Back In Time

    In Bealeton, on a summer Sunday, you can get a firsthand look at the early days of American aviation, when daring pilots and sturdy biplanes helped to win world wars and then went “barnstorming” across America. Read more

    Sep 15, 2017


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    A Century of Tradition

    There’s nothing more fun than a good, old-fashioned, longstanding sports rivalry to get everyone all worked up and angry. A look back at the UVA-Tech rivalry, which was going strong 110 years ago. Read more

    Nov 5, 2015


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    Emerald Paradise

    Edgar Allan Poe didn’t get a grand monument in Richmond, so the writer’s admirers built him a unique, serene garden instead. Photography by Tyler Darden Read more

    Oct 9, 2009


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    Boat Whisperer

    For Williamsburg boat maker Ben Thacker-Gwaltney, craft is everything. Read more

    Jul 28, 2015


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    Summer Cool Electric Lakes

    The beach is not the only way to beat the heat. Lots of people enjoy the freshwater aura at Virginia's three biggest lakes-all created, ironically, by power companies. Read more

    Jul 8, 2011


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    Mexico’s Secret Coast

    During a spring break trip to Nayarit state, the author and his family discover luxury, bohemian surf villages, history and nature—minus the tequila shots. Read more

    Aug 16, 2019

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    True West

    Bucking horses, prime beef, big skies, and snowcapped peaks—between the Calgary Stampede and Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, offers travelers the ideal summer vacation. Read more

    Jul 30, 2019


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