Come Home to Virginia: Black History Sites Part II

Welcome back to my blog post series, Come Home to Virginia – Black History Sites. I am a native and a resident of Virginia; my work as a historian explores public spaces with attention to visitor education and community engagement. This blog explores Black history across time and space. I look…

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Experience a Colonial Christmas in Virginia

Everyone knows that Virginia has no shortage of historic sites, from George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate to the Jamestown Settlement that explores the history of America’s earliest Colonial founders. But you may not know that these significant sites host period-themed holiday events. Learn about…

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Virginia’s Historic Train Depots: Part 2

**This is Part 2 of a series, focusing on the Northern and Southern regions of Virginia.** While train depots were once the busiest, most important structures in a community, the development of highway infrastructure and the growth of the airline industry made the once-imperative railroad hubs…

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Virginia’s Historic Train Depots: Part 1

**This is Part 1 of a series, focusing on the Western part of Virginia.** Find Part 2 Here. Before thousands of miles of highways stretched across the country to allow for individual transportation, trains were the most efficient and useful way to travel. Growing populations and interest in the…

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Come Home to Virginia - Black History Sites Part I

Virginia history is more than we have been taught. Many know Virginia as the mother of Presidents. It is also the place where at least 500,000 enslaved people lived and worked when Americans fought each other in a civil war (1861-1865). Their presence and contributions have shaped the commonwealth…

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Virginia: First in Education

This article is the seventh in a series commemorating the American Evolution – Virginia to America 1619-2019 . See articles one, two, three, four, five ,and six here. Many of the early settlers in Virginia were well educated. While it became commonplace for the highest placed colonists to send their…

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The History of Distilling in Virginia

Virginia's spirits have quickly become recognized in international contests, beating out world-famous distilleries for top awards. You can sample these spirits with a beverage made by a bartender at a Virginia restaurant or a tour and tasting at a local distillery, but learning the history behind…

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Virginia: First in Opportunity

This article is the sixth in a series commemorating the American Evolution – Virginia to America 1619-2019 . See articles one, two, three, four, and five here. From its first days as a colony, Virginia has been a land of industry and opportunity. As early as 1619, the new colonial governor Sir…

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Virginia's Bluegrass History, One Stop at a Time

The nickname “The Bluegrass State” may already be taken, but no thorough exploration of the genre’s sights and sounds would be complete without devoting a generous amount of time to exploring the rich tradition of bluegrass in Virginia. More than 70 years after the Stanley Brothers formed…

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