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    Peace, Love and Subud

    Nearly 40 years ago the followers of an obscure spiritual movement made the Shenandoah Valley their home. more


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    Jeff Greenough

    Grand Ambitions: Bedford

    Bedford has a National D-Day Memorial and big dreams for becoming a tourist destination. As one resident says, " We do like to see folks come and see how we live." more

    Jul 13, 2010


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    Rob Scharetg

    Afton: Mountain, Myth, Legend

    Crossing Afton Mountain is like crossing the Mississippi, a divide between the east and west of Virginia. more

    Oct 30, 2014



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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

    Nov 20, 2009


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    The Iron Forger and the Gold Digger

    Sam Jones and Marguerite Upton were each raised in Norfolk's Berkley neighborhood and came of age in the Roaring Twenties. Each went on to a life of great wealth and notoriety—but they could not have been more different. more

    Oct 13, 2010


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    Spies Among Us

    Espionage in the Old Dominion. more

    Dec 2, 2015



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    Gone But Not Forgotten

    A history of Virginia’s canneries, in labels. more

    Dec 2, 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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    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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    Seeing Red

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

    Nov 3, 2015


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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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    Saving Selma

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    Comfort Zone

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    32 Reasons to Love Lexington

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    Aug 7, 2017


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    Phaedra Hise

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