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    Photo courtesy The Montpelier Foundation

    A ‘Difficult Run’

    A new Montpelier statue and a daily drive on Georgetown Pike conjure images of a graceful and courageous first lady. Read more


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    Big Byrd

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

    Jul 22, 2015



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    Courtesy of VUU, L. Douglas Wilder Collection

    One Dream of a Team

    With no money, let alone a gym, Virginia Union basketball soared for five magical years. Read more

    Mar 14, 2011



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    Great Virginians

    International Harvester founder and Rockbridge County native Cyrus McCormick, Montpelier chatelaine Marion du Pont Scott, and Pulitzer-prize winning writers and editors Virginius Dabney and Douglas Southall Freeman of Richmond left lasting legacies. Read more

    Mar 3, 2016



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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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    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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    Walter Reed

    Virginia’s All-Time “Top Doc.” Read more

    Jul 23, 2015


  • 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. Read more

    Mar 23, 2011


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    Tyler Darden

    U-boats in the Atlantic

    In April 1942, 29 crew members from a German U-boat were secretly buried at night in Hampton National Cemetery. The incident that led to their deaths was the first “bright spot in a dreadful period” for America in the early days of World War II. Read more

    Dec 8, 2017


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    State Parks Celebrate

    The Virginia State Parks System—opened in 1936 in the midst of the Great Depression—turned 75 this year. Read more

    Aug 8, 2011


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    Cameron Davidson

    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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    6 Summer Road Trips

    A guy, a great car and a plan to hit a handful of destinations from the white sand beaches of Chincoteague to the windswept peaks of the Cumberland Mountains. Read more

    Jun 17, 2019


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    Portugal, Now

    From Lisbon’s sleek palace hotels and cobblestone streets to the Algarve region’s charming coastal villages, a visit to this sun-splashed country promises fascinating food, architecture, art and people. Read more

    Jun 12, 2019


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