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  • The Old in Old Town

    Why It's Called 'Old Town': Alexandria

    Curious to know how our forebears killed fleas? Where George Washington was a church member? You can find out if you tour the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, or Christ Church Episcopal Church, two of the many historic sites in the district. more

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    Sterling Hundley

    Mayo Island Homer

    Wherein illustrator Sterling Hundley depicts Lou Gehrig hitting a ball into the James River. more

    Aug 30, 2010


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    Toil and Trouble

    Appalachian DIY liquor makers feel the heat. more

    Sep 21, 2016


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    The Mecklenburg County Seat

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

    Jan 15, 2015


  • 'This is Master X'

    Photography by Richmond Times-Dispatch

    'This is Master X'

    Jesse Lee Boland was a burly, alluring con man who, in the 1930s and 1940s, sold spiritual advice to thousands of people. His act was absurd, but popular. A retrospective on on a conjurer who would mess up your mind. more

    Feb 15, 2011



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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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    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. more

    Jul 8, 2011


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    There and Back Again

    Four centuries of ferry service in the Old Dominion. more

    Jan 2, 2017


  • A Fondness for the Grape

    Scott Baldwin

    A Fondness for the Grape

    A wine-themed exhibit features historic silver, glass and maps—some of the latter related to Thomas Jefferson’s 1787 tour of France’s wine country more

    Aug 3, 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


  • The Liberian Jamestown - Feature

    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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    Marvelous Malta

    The sun-splashed Mediterranean archipelago is at the crossroads of history. more

    Mar 10, 2017

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    Urban Explorer

    Hollywood stuntman Paul Darnell made it to the big screen by perfecting the art of freerunning—which means employing a combination of athleticism, technique and intelligence to overcome anything that stands in his way. more

    Feb 27, 2017


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    Dental Myth Busters

    Can too much whitening hurt your teeth? Is there a difference between toothpaste formulas? Do you have to floss every day, really? Practitioners from around the state answer some of our most pressing dental health questions. more

    Aug 16, 2016

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    Run For It

    It’s time to start training for the fall foot races. more

    Aug 2, 2016

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