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  • The Lady of Belvoir

    Tyler Darden

    The Lady of Belvoir

    George Washington would not have become the man he was without the help of Sally Fairfax. She mentored the young Washington and fired his ambition, and the two by all accounts shared a hidden—forbidden—love. more

    Aug 20, 2010


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    Courtesy of Jason Knowles/Fentress Bradburn Architects

    When the Going Gets Tough

    The National Museum of the Marine Corps shows the Marines'-eye view. more

    Feb 5, 2010


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    Big Byrd

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

    Jul 22, 2015



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    Robb Scharetg

    "Could I Do It?"

    Civil War reenactments have long been popular in the South, and they may grow more so as we approach the 150th anniversary of the conflict. more

    Jul 8, 2010



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    Surry's Stalwart

    Bacon’s Castle celebrates 350th anniversary. more

    Sep 9, 2015


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    Everything's Ducky

    Echoes of the 1940s can be found at a tiny Mount Jackson bowling alley. Matt Gottlieb reports that it’s a survivor of a once-thriving, regional style of bowling. more

    Jul 6, 2015



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    In the Midnight Hour

    Tales of the Gray Lady and other great Virginia ghosts. more

    Sep 10, 2015



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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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    Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

    A Tomboy's Legacy

    The yearly Montpelier races are a great time to remember Marion du Pont Scott—the first lady of American turf racing. more

    Mar 3, 2016


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    Casey Templeton

    Deep Roots

    After nearly 170 years, Virginia farms still grow some of the world’s best (and biggest) peanuts, and state processors still put the salty, crunchy morsels on tables across America. Photography by Casey Templeton more

    Nov 4, 2009



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    Connie and Ed Kellam have transformed a historic Norfolk home and its forgotten garden into a gracious gathering place for their large family. more

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    A Home of Her Own

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    Apr 13, 2017


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    Take Me to the River

    Jack Cooksey travels to the New River Valley for some outdoor adventuring, but finds even more to enjoy in this ruggedly stunning part of the state. more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Apr 10, 2017


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