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A Museum of Slave History

It is called the Freedom House.  This free museum is housed in what used to be the headquarters of one of the largest slave trading…

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The Freedom House Museum

I always enjoy the chance to explore Alexandria, Virginia.  It’s a historic city and I  recently happened upon a museum that’s unfortunately a bit of…

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Defending the Fertile Farm Valley of Virginia

There was nothing left to do.  A group of 15-21 year old students would be forced  into battle if there was any hope of defending…

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A Clash Over the Nation’s Breadbasket

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is one of the most scenic farming regions in the world.  The fertile valley is flanked by tree-lined ridges nears the states…

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The Unique Village in the City

It was a village inside Arlington National Cemetery…a place where people found refuge during the Civil War.  This is the story of the unique city…

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The Historic Spot at Arlington National Cemetery

Although most visitors to Arlington National Cemetery simply see the Tomb of the Unknowns and perhaps the JFK grave site…there are many interesting areas of…

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From Summer Job to Over 30 Year Career

Tom thought he was coming here simply to fill a summer job.  After more than 30 years later, he says it was a great role……

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Rock of Ages

“Rock of Ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.”  It’s the chorus of a well-known church hymn, but it’s also the name…

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The Grandest of Hotels

At one time is was the grandest of hotels in the state of Virginia.  But the wheels of time eventually forced her shutdown and all…

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The Cornerstone to a Large City

What’s it take to build a large city?  A railroad and nice hotel of course.  It was a winning combination for this city and we’ll…

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A Unique Tie to the Family Farm

Malcolm Jameson’s family has a unique tie to their family farm.  It all began with a grandfather who fought on the property during the Civil…

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Calls to Start and End the Day

Any good bugler knows to play Reveille in the morning, Taps in the evening.  But how did those calls become commonplace in the military.  Well,…

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Keep Your Comments Brief – Or Else!

Public speakers are often warned to keep their comments brief.  Long windedness can bore an audience…or even worse it might kill you… SharePrintEmail

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A Trip to An Historic Church

The Civil War produced many encounters where former friends found them themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.  That fact was brought home at this historic church……

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A Host to Presidents Since Washington

Perhaps no church has hosted more national leaders over the past two centuries than this one.  In fact, you can still worship there and sit in the…

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Paying to Sit in Church

Some people sit in the exact same spot in church every Sunday.  This president did the exact same thing, but he paid for the right….. SharePrintEmail

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Keep Your Clothes On! Inside Gadsby’s Tavern

Imagine staying in a hotel that encouraged you to sleep with your clothes and shoes on so that you could make a quick escape in case…

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A Tavern With a Rich History

Many of the homes and businesses in Alexandria, Virginia can trace their history to the founding of the nation.  That’s true of one very important tavern.  It…

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Cyrus McCormick and His Threshing Machine

For centuries, crops were cut and threshed by hand. That all changed with a young farmer in Virginia. This is the story of a birthday…

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Honoring America’s Heroes

Every independence day we celebrate our freedom. This soldier is reminded of the cost of that freedom as he protects the resting place of America’s…

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