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    Boat Whisperer

    For Williamsburg boat maker Ben Thacker-Gwaltney, craft is everything. more

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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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    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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    Toil and Trouble

    Appalachian DIY liquor makers feel the heat. more

    Sep 21, 2016


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    The Prettiest Office in the World

    Chuck Frederickson knows more about the James than anyone - and is an advocate for its wellbeing. more

    Jul 12, 2010


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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. more

    Dec 8, 2017


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    Designing Presidents

    Our founding fathers were not only statesmen of intellect and courage, they were also men of fashion, versed in the languages of good taste and classic gentility. more

    Jul 31, 2017

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    The Big Story

    In 1903 the Virginian-Pilot newspaper got one of the biggest scoops ever, thanks to the efforts of a 19-year-old cub reporter and a barrel of Lynnhaven oysters. more

    Dec 5, 2016


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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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    State Parks Celebrate

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

    Aug 8, 2011


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    The Origin of a Sound

    The Swing Mob collective and Virginia’s pioneering hip hop artists. more

    May 6, 2016


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    Mexico's Secret Coast

    During a spring break trip to Nayarit state, the author and his family discover luxury, bohemian surf villages, history and nature—minus the tequila shots. more

    Aug 15, 2018

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    The Top of the World

    The allure of Greenland proves irresistible to Tricia Pearsall, who returns again and again to this land of immense beauty. Here, dancing night sky meets glacier, and precipices of ice provide a thrill ride like no other. more

    Aug 14, 2018



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    Smile Power

    Volunteers at Virginia Beach-based Operation Smile travel the world to help kids overcome physical deformities and discover that a smile is worth a thousand words. more

    Sep 6, 2017

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    Quite A-Peeling

    The Pit and the Peel in Richmond opens second location in Carytown. more

    Aug 18, 2017

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