Category Archives: Virginia

Mosquitoes and Yankees in Chincoteague

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Chincoteague was, at the start of the Civil War, a fishing village on a small island on coastal Virginia.  It didn’t need slaves, but it did need customers for its seafood, and that meant that they needed access to northern … Continue reading

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Behind-the-Scenes at Colonial Williamsburg

A “new since the last time I was there” program at Colonial Williamsburg was a two hour behind the scenes tour. I’d been on behind-the-scenes tours of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore in Asheville, North … Continue reading

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A Williamsburg Halloween

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In the early 1700s, pirates ran amok around coastal Virginia and among them was Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard. Legend has made Blackbeard the prototype fearsome, loathsome pirate but he was. in reality, a fairly decent guy (for a … Continue reading

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The Lees of Old Virginia

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What do football players Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning have in common with Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States? Answer: an ancestor, Richard Lee, originally of Shropshire, England. Lee was a 22-year-old lawyer when he landed in … Continue reading

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James and Mary in Fredericksburg

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I was touring the Virginia governor’s house in Richmond five years ago when I came across a painting of James Monroe, hanging in the center of the state dining room. He was there because, we were told, it was the … Continue reading

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National D-Day Memorial

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The recent commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of D-Day made me realize that I hadn’t done a post on the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford is in the southwest part of the state and we visited the memorial … Continue reading

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On the Virginia Side

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At the Virginia end of the Wilson Bridge, on the southern edge of Old Town Alexandria, is the Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial. Alexandria was occupied by the Union during the Civil War and many slaves ran away to Alexandria. … Continue reading

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