February 2009 issue


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Settle in and warm up with Virginia Living's February issue. Our cover story on stews is sure to stave off the winter chill, and a feature on the state's distilleries may even inspire a fire in the belly. A visit to Vienna (the other one, in Austria) shows both the old and the new sides of that venerable city. And you'll learn about 10th U.S. President John Tyler's Sherwood Forest, the longest frame house in the nation, where his grandson now lives. Also, big ideas at the Janelia Farm Research Campus, gold-tinged mod fashion, lady arm wrestlers, grackles and art.

A pot of hearty food, nicely seasoned and bubbling away in the kitchen, goes a long way toward warming winter nights. Read more


Brave New World

Brad Feinknopf

The Janelia Farm Research Center in Loudoun County is state-of-the-art and so well funded that its scientists can concentrate on what they do best: thinking. Read more


Proof in the Barrel

Robb Scharetg and Tyler Darden

Virginia has a handful of distilleries making whiskey, bourbon and vodka. Some have been around for decades, and others are upstarts in an industry where craftsmanship and taste matter. Read more


Sherwood Forest, the longest frame house in America, was owned by the country’s 10th president, John Tyler. Today, the former president’s grandson live in the house, having meticulously restored it to its 19th-century glory. Read more

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With its youthful Museums Quartier, history-heavy Vienna is trying to carve a contemporary image. Read more


Main Street in Hopewell | undated

Sent by Betty Watkins, Yorktown

Penny Postcards from the February 2009 issue. Read more


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Illustration by Rob Ullman,

Galax bandits make off with $3 in change and a “quantity of nabs and cookies.” Read more

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Illustrated by Sterling Hundley,

Wherein illustrator Sterling Hundley spotlights an overshadowed sibling. Read more



Illustration by Robert Meganck,

Blackbirds swarming in the light of day. Read more

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