Tag 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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Lee’s Most Brilliant Strategist?

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The guys were right, at least about the location.  A block later, we were at Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, in a Gothic Revival house built in 1854. Stonewall Jackson was commander of the Shenandoah Valley District of the Provisional Army of … Continue reading

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Museums in Glass Houses

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I once had a dog, and the dog had a blog.  A dog history blog, as it happens.  Did you know that if not for his dog, Sweet Lips, George Washington may never have become commander of the Continental Army?  … Continue reading

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Calling of the Clans

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December 7 was a beautiful, sunny day for Alexandria, Virginia’s Scottish Walk parade.  Sponsored by the Scottish government, the St. Andrew’s Society of DC and the city of Alexandria on behalf of the Campagna Center, a local social services agency, it happens annually on the … Continue reading

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Bacon’s Castle and Smith’s Fort

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Bacon’s Castle in Surry, Virginia, is not too far north of the town of Smithfield.  Smithfield is known for producing ham, which comes from pigs, who also provide bacon.  Which is the reason the house is called “Bacon’s Castle.” I kid.  … Continue reading

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Colonial Foodies

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  “I feel a presence,” said a woman in our tour group, when the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum docent asked for questions. “Is there a ghost here?” The teen docent rolled her eyes. “There’s a myth,” she replied, emphasis on the … Continue reading

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Waterford Fair

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Take a look at the soldier in the center of the picture below.  See anything unusual? “He” is a she. An article in the magazine of the National Archives says that approximately 750 women took part in the Civil War, disguised … Continue reading

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