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Sad News From A Peaceful Part Of Virginia

by @ Monday, March 23rd, 2009. Filed under Exploring Virginia, In The News, Virginia

If you’ve ever been to The Homestead, you’ll understand why this is really just a shock: HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Beacher F. Hackney had long been a mystery to co-workers at the Homestead, a luxurious resort here that has entertained presidents, the wealthy and other VIPs for more than two centuries. Now Hackney, a kitchen […]

Virginia Voter Registration

Vivian Paige reminds me that today is the last day to register to vote in Virginia’s February 12th primary: Today – Monday, Janaury 14 – is the last day to register to vote in the February 12 presidential primaries. 17-year-olds, who will be 18 by Election Day, November 4, are eligible to vote in these […]

Christmas At The Homestead

by @ Sunday, December 16th, 2007. Filed under Exploring Virginia, Holidays, Virginia

Yesterday, Kellie and I took a drive down to The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia to check out the Christmas displays, and we’re glad we did. First, there was the tree in the main lobby, which is simply amazing:

Virginia Lays Claim To The First Thanksgiving

by @ Tuesday, November 20th, 2007. Filed under Exploring Virginia, Virginia

Forget those Pilgrims, the first Thanksgiving took place in Virginia: In the Virginia story, recounted yesterday by Bush, Capt. John Woodlief, a survivor of the Jamestown settlement’s “starving time” who had returned to England, set sail from Bristol with 37 other settlers on the good ship Margaret to seek their fortune in the New World. […]

Prince William County’s Forgotten Civil War Battle

by @ Monday, October 15th, 2007. Filed under Exploring Virginia, History, Prince William County, Virginia

As most people know, Prince William County was the site of two of the most important early battles of the Civil War; the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, and the Second Battle of Bull Run on August 30, 1862. The location of both battles is National Historical Park located just outside […]

Washington Post Profiles The Winery At La Grange

by @ Sunday, September 2nd, 2007. Filed under Exploring Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia, Virginia Wineries

I wrote a few weeks ago about our visit to The Winery at La Grange, in Haymarket. Today, the Washington Post has an interesting profile about it in the Prince William Section. Cindey and John Tamayo tucked into their afternoon picnic of Vidal Blanc and sharp cheddar. In the distance, fledgling grapevines extended toward the […]

Ancient Artifact Unearthed In Alexandria

by @ Sunday, August 19th, 2007. Filed under Exploring Virginia, History, Virginia

You usually thing of archaeologists working in far-off places like Africa and Asia, but, as this story reveals, there’s plenty of stuff to be found right here in Northern Virginia: With its plethora of plaques, museums and homes of past presidents, Alexandria is a city that is proud of its history. But nothing in any […]

The Winery At La Grange: Prince William County’s Own

by @ Tuesday, August 14th, 2007. Filed under Exploring Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia, Virginia Wineries

I’ve actually been meaning to write this post for several weeks now, but, well, life intrudes in ways that I really can’t discuss publicly right now. Nonetheless, recently, Kellie and I visited the first winery to open in Prince William County, Virginia, The Winery At La Grange, located in Haymarket. The public portion of the […]

Virginia Legislature Marks Jamestown Anniversary

by @ Thursday, January 11th, 2007. Filed under Exploring Virginia, History, Virginia

This year is the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony, the beginning of Colonial life in America. There’s a lot going on in Virginia related to the anniversary, starting with yesterday’s special session of the General Assembly: JAMESTOWN, Va., Jan. 10 — Danny Schmidt stood in the big hole and talked fast, […]

An Inadvertant Journey Into History

by @ Sunday, July 30th, 2006. Filed under Exploring Virginia, Virginia

I’ve never been to Winchester, Virginia before, so, yesterday, Kellie and I decided to take another one of our scenic tours of Virginia and drove out to see what was there. As usual, we took the scenic route; driving first south to Warrenton, and then taking Route 17 north toward Winchester. I’ve said this many […]

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