June 2009 Issue


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June means heading for the Coast—specifically, the Eastern Shore, for a getaway that’s as rustic or as cushy as you want it to be. Take in a show at Donk’s Lil’ Ole Opry in Mathews, or head north to check out fine art at Lorton. (Yes, that Lorton.) Also inside: forward-thinking Warrenton, possibly even more forward-thinking Cyrus McCormick, SFX wiz Matt Wallin, a Crooked Road cookbook, fresh salad greens, angular elegance at Lake Anna, and more.

Cyrus McCormick

Illustration by Tyler Darden,

Lots of people made and sold reapers in the 19th century—but McCormick made his more efficient than anybody’s. By Mary Miley Theobald more



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Fairfax’s Great Falls Park is a 900-acre natural haven with stunning views, waterfalls and some of the best rock climbing around. more

Apr 7, 2011 1:16 PM , Travel

Poppy hill entree

Photography by Tyler Darden

We found an old-style Italian eatery and a chic wine bar across the street from each other in Fredericksburg. more

Jul 27, 2009 2:35 PM Food

Buckroe Beach Hotel, Buckroe Beach

Sent by R.S. Blackwell, Hayes

Penny Postcards from the June 2009 issue. more

Jul 22, 2009 1:22 PM Culture

Sultan of Swat

Illustration by Rob Ullman,

With this Red Oak kid around, houseflies didn’t stand a chance. more

Jul 22, 2009 12:45 PM Culture

Want an eco-adventure that’s a little different? Spend a night in a historic oyster watch house in the marshland off one of Virginia’s barrier islands. Watermen once used these one-room shacks to protect their harvests. more

Jul 21, 2009 5:32 PM Travel

Warrenton is a forward-thinking small town. It has low taxes, a bustling historic district and bold plans to become energy-independent. Naive ambitions? That’s what the mayor heard when he decided to start a bobsled team ... in Jamaica. more

Jul 21, 2009 4:15 PM Travel

Old Town is now a magnet for locals and visitors alike, who enjoy the neighborhood’s history, appealing shops and varied dining. more

Jul 21, 2009 3:37 PM Travel


Illustrated by Sterling Hundley,

Wherein illustrator Sterling Hundley ponders a fragrant lesson on a familiar cliché. more

Jul 21, 2009 1:35 PM Culture


Illustration by Robert Meganck,

Big ones, small ones–catfish all around. more

Jul 20, 2009 4:54 PM Culture


Photography by Kip Dawkins,

Forget iceberg and heavy dressing: Make a tangy, nutrient-rich salad with colorful, fresh greens. more

Jun 27, 2009 11:10 AM Food


Matt Walin

SFX guru Matt Wallin delights in the dazzling images he creates for movies but remains loyal to the value of story. more

Jun 11, 2009 4:07 PM Culture


The Beautiful Gardens program is designed to spur economic growth in southern Virginia through the discovery and promotion of new plant varieties. The first offspring—nine well-tested hybrids—are now hitting the market. more

Jun 5, 2009 5:20 PM Home

Donks Theater entrance

Cade Martin photography

Feature article on Mathews County's Donk’s Theater. more

May 1, 2009 11:42 PM Culture 3 Comments

A Lake Anna modern is all angular elegance on a lakeside peninsula. more

May 1, 2009 3:41 AM Home 3 Comments

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