Great Falls is battling to remain a rural redoubt against the tidal wave of Northern Virginia development. But how long can the tony enclave hold out? more

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Once a vital transportation route between Richmond and the mountainous reaches of western Virginia, the old Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike today roughly follows U.S. 250, U.S. 33 and Route 47, but in some ways is little changed. more


A walking Tour of Portsmouth’s historic Olde Towne churches. more

Jul 26, 2015 12:43 PM Travel

Its environmental issues mostly behind it, Front Royal is now hustling to unveil its charms. It’s got a diversified economy, historic downtown, emerging nature conservancy—and one of the most enviable locations in Virginia. more

Mar 25, 2015 11:30 AM Travel

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. more

Mar 6, 2015 10:11 AM Travel 3 Comments

The Rail Stop

Adam Ewing

Keeping it simple is no small task in the modest town of The Plains. more

Mar 21, 2012 1:09 PM Travel


Michael J.N. Bowles

Burke's Garden, in southwestern Virginia, pop. 300, lies in a beautiful, isolated, high-altitude valley with no post office, cell phone service or cable, and a harsh climate. As one resident says, "Something unpredictable could happen at any time." more

May 6, 2010 3:18 PM Culture 11 Comments

Clifton sign

Tyler Darden

Formerly a railroad depot and, 100 years ago, the largest and most progressive town in Fairfax County, Clifton is now a “back-in-time” community thanks to its strategic location and its commitment to preservation. more

Mar 16, 2010 3:21 PM Travel 3 Comments

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