Category Archives: Virginia

A Visit with Colonel Monroe

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We should all be familiar (at least the Americans) with Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s 1851 painting called Washington Crossing the Delaware.  But do you know the identity of the man standing behind General Washington, holding the flag?  It’s Lieutenant…

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Aladdin the Christmas Camel and Feathered Friends

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Originally posted on thehistorytourist:
I went to George Washington’s Mount Vernon yesterday and eventually I’ll get around to a post about the house and grounds.  But I’d like to spend this last evening of 2012 on Aladdin, the Christmas Camel. In…

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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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Richard Lee, originally of Shropshire, England, was a 22-year-old lawyer when he landed in Jamestown, Virginia in 1639 and started, with the help of family connections, amassing wealth.  By the time he died, he was (thanks to his success as a … 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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