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    How the West Was Lost

    John Brown’s raid, 150 years ago, was a practical failure with massive ramifications. It lit the fuse leading to the Civil War, and, as MARY MILEY THEOBALD writes, set in motion the creation of the 35th state, “West, by God, Virginia.” more

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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. more

    Oct 30, 2014


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    The Blue Ridge Palace of Love and Good Vibrations. more

    May 2, 2016


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    The Mecklenburg County Seat

    Johnson chairs are among Virginia’s most coveted homegrown antiques. more

    Jan 15, 2015


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    Charles Larson

    Banjo Men

    Memories of a talented picker and the man credited with inventing the instrument. more

    Nov 4, 2010



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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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    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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    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. more

    Nov 5, 2015


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    Seeing Red

    The Northern cardinal looks like a superhero but doesn't venture far. more

    Nov 3, 2015


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    A Raven Rivalry

    Poe’s famous bird is a grim twist on a Charles Dickens pet. more

    Oct 20, 2016

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    All in the Family

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

    May 16, 2017

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    Andrea Hubbell

    Grace Notes

    From a friend of George Washington to a World War II general and now Harry and Maria Hopper, generations of families have brought élan to the refurbishment of this historic, yet timeless, Old Town Alexandria house. more

    May 15, 2017


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    Kimberley Lovato

    Unraveling Fez

    A tapestry of colors, sounds and scents greets the visitor to the meandering alleys of this ancient city’s medina, where the breadth of time and tradition offers the explorer a heady experience. more

    May 22, 2017

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    A Shore Thing

    Photographer Mark Edward Atkinson shows us some of his favorite people and places on the Eastern Shore, a place where sea and sky converge in a burst of color and where the daily rhythm of hard work is rewarded in repasts. more

    May 19, 2017


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    Hospitals & Health Care 2016

    Introducing Virginia Living's Top Hospital Awards, recognizing more than 50 hospitals for achievements in patient care. more

    Dec 27, 2016

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    Spot On

    Top Hospitals and Healthcare 2016: LewisGale targets prostate and other cancers with new linear accelerator. more

    Dec 27, 2016

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