Category Archives: Virginia

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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Walking the Wilson Bridge

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I admit that I rolled my eyes when Mr. History Tourist said, “There’s a PBS documentary on, about the Wilson Bridge.  Let’s watch it.” Watch a documentary about a bridge? Are you kidding me?! What I knew about the Wilson … Continue reading

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Seeing Me Timbers

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History-obsessed Alexandria, Virginia (“George Washington’s Home Town!”) has loads of architectural regulations in place to protect its historical heritage. So last December, when local real estate company, Carr Hospitality, started digging in a sliver of land in downtown Alexandria (over … Continue reading

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Run the DoG

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Colonial Williamsburg is a town-turned-museum that recreates Williamsburg, Virginia, as it was in the 18th century when it was the colony’s capital. Founded by billionaire industrialist and ardent colonial revivalist John D. Rockefeller, it opened in 1934.  It’s now the … Continue reading

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George Washington’s Birthplace

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“The sheep are here to keep the lawn trim, and to fertilize,” said the National Park Service ranger behind the information desk at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument near Colonial Beach, Virginia. He was talking about the Leicester Longwool … Continue reading

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Luray Caverns

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In 1878, a group of Luray, Virginia residents were exploring a sinkhole on the edge of town when they noticed that cold air was blowing out of it. They realized that the air must be coming from an underground cave … Continue reading

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