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    Frontier Road

    Once a vital transportation route between Richmond and the mountainous reaches of western Virginia, the old Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike today roughly follows U.S. 250, U.S. 33 and Route 47, but in some ways is little changed. more

    Dec 2, 2015


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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 Race to Space

    A Langley engineer provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of NASA’s early days. more

    Apr 14, 2016


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    Social Graces and Espionage

    How did a women's finishing school become a center for U.S. code-breaking efforts during World War II? An idyllic tale of espionage. more

    Apr 22, 2011



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    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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    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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    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

    Mar 23, 2011


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    Toil and Trouble

    Appalachian DIY liquor makers feel the heat. more

    Sep 21, 2016


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    Gone But Not Forgotten

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

    Dec 2, 2015


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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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