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Swearing in public is still illegal in Virginia. 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. more

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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. more

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

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

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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

Soldier wannabes turned away for illiteracy. more

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Four centuries of ferry service in the Old Dominion. more

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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. more

Culture

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. more

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

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Appalachian DIY liquor makers feel the heat. more

Culture

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

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The Blue Ridge Palace of Love and Good Vibrations. more

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

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Mount Vernon humanizes the father of our country. more

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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. more

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Jack Betts

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s iconic Mabry Mill came dangerously close to decay and destruction last year, until friends of the popular parkway outpost intervened to save its massive waterwheel. more

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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. more

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