Compendia Virginica


Courtesy of U.S. Army

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. Read more

Culture 3 Comments

A compelling quest turns tedium into a captivating vacation. Read more


An effort to protect Pittsylvania’s remaining tobacco barns is as much about honoring a way of life as it is about preserving the history of the industry. Read more


Picker’s Supply is a guitar museum, and so much more. Read more


How devoted watermen have rescued some of the Chesapeake Bay’s most storied and historic buyboats. Read more

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Mark Twain seemingly meets his end in the Old Dominion. Read more

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Luray Caverns was discovered 140 years ago by a fortune hunter from New York who dreamed of hitting it big. Read more


Swearing in public is still illegal in Virginia. Read more

The Daily Post


Tyler Darden

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



Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

The yearly Montpelier races are a great time to remember Marion du Pont Scott—the first lady of American turf racing. Read more

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Flying Back in Time

Cameron Davidson

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


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. Read more

Soldier wannabes turned away for illiteracy. Read more

The Daily Post



Four centuries of ferry service in the Old Dominion. Read more


The Big Story

Courtesy of The Smithsonian

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. Read more


Julie Bryce shares the story of how, 50 years ago, she and her husband, Pete, transformed Bryce Mountain Resort from a summer-only retreat into a four-season destination. Read more

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Poe’s famous bird is a grim twist on a Charles Dickens pet. Read more

The Daily Post

Appalachian DIY liquor makers feel the heat. Read more


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


The Blue Ridge Palace of Love and Good Vibrations. Read more


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


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