April 2015 Issue


History takes center stage in the April 2015 issue of Virginia Living. We sit down with the 85-year-old bluegrass mandolin pioneer Jesse McReynolds to discuss the pain of loss, the joys of playing, and his 65 years onstage--first with Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys, and now as a solo act. We visit Rokeby, a historic estate in Leesburg that once sheltered the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution–the only private residence to ever do so--and we see past and future converge in Lexington, where iconic sites like the Stonewall Jackson house stand shoulder-to-shoulder with thoroughly modern breweries, coffee roasters and renovated hotels. Also in this issue, we pay homage to fromage by offering recipes for cooking with artisanal cheeses and explaining how to build the perfect cheese course; take a luxe safari to Tanzania; learn about the making of garden masterpiece Waterperry Farm in Free Union; meet talented luxury home furnishings designer Dana Gibson; remember Robert E. Lee’s final words to the Army of Northern Virginia: preview Sesquicentennial capstone events taking place in and around Appomattox National Historic Park this April, and much more! Plus, our annual special Health & Wellness bound-in supplement, including Best Doctors, a list of the best healthcare professionals in the Commonwealth, and top trends for eating, feeling and living better. Get your April 2015 copy today!

A symphony, a painting, a poem, a garden … however you describe it, Waterperry Farm is a masterpiece. Read more

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From thinkers and makers to doers and risk-takers, Lexington is putting on a fresh face. Today, this once sleepy college town, where Lee and Jackson still loom large, is fast becoming a newly intriguing destination. Read more

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A luxe safari into Tanzania’s seemingly never-ending expanse of bush and beast reveals why the pull of this stunning wild place remains long after the game drive is over. Read more


Man cannot live by bread alone. Cheese producers are finding ways to tweak the imagination and perk up palates. Read more


Dr. Chris Winter says better sleep is the key to more than just avoiding bags under your eyes. Read more


During the War of 1812, as Washington, D.C., burned at the hands of the British, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were hidden at Rokeby, a gracious Leesburg estate that has been preserved for another generation of patriots Read more

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Building better athletes at any age. Read more


Jesse McReynolds, of Jim and Jesse fame, known for pioneering the rolling, graceful style of bluegrass mandolin playing called crosspicking, is the longest running member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Read more


Appalachian DIY liquor makers feel the heat. Read more


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

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A historic quaff experiences a renaissance. Read more

Justin Verlander supports veterans' mental health. Read more

The 2015 World Police and Fire Games come to Fairfax. Read more

Life on the court with Walter. Read more

Remembering Gen. Robert E. Lee’s final order to the Army of Northern Virginia. Read more

When a pair of gym partners had enough of their regular workout, they started their own hardcore training program, and today, they’re ready to pump you up. Read more


Luxury home furnishings designer Dana Gibson, a descendent of one of America’s most celebrated artists, is every bit the modern woman. Read more

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