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The Virginia Executive Mansion

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I had read that getting into the Virginia Executive Mansion, official home to Virginia’s governor, was a little tricky. It is, ostensibly, open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 2. But that schedule is subject to mansion events.  More than … Continue reading

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Historic Dirt

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“We Virginians are funny about our dirt,” said the receptionist at the Virginia state capitol building in Richmond. She was telling us about the renovation of the capitol, which took place from 2004 to 2007, when they restored the 18th … Continue reading

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Are you Pocahantas?

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In the early 1990s, Disney announced plans for a new theme park based on American history, to be built in the Virginia suburbs of DC.  The (very rich and powerful) locals fought against it – for many reasons including the feeling that Disney would … Continue reading

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Not Your Disney’s Jamestown

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“Is that William Kelso?” asked Kathie.  She was looking toward a cluster of people around an archeological dig at Jamestown, Virginia.  I wasn’t sure which person in the cluster she was talking about, but since I had no clue who … Continue reading

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Clifton Inn

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It must have been hard being Thomas Jefferson’s son-in-law. You might have been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, a U.S. congressman and governor of Virginia but history books will always start your entry with “…married to Thomas … Continue reading

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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 James Monroe, who would … Continue reading

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Haters at Monticello

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I’ve never been a Thomas Jefferson fan.  Where others see complexity, I see selfishness.  And the Monticello Behind the Scenes tour just confirmed that opinion. Monticello, just south of Charlottesville, Virginia, was the primary home of Thomas Jefferson.  The land was inherited … Continue reading

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