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 and the history behind those buried in this section of the grounds…

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 these grounds…including what is perhaps the most historic spot…section 27

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…  It’s a role that has him sharing history of a place we remember on Memorial Day…

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 of one rock-solid business who’s product has stood the test of time in locations throughout the nation…

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 of the furnishings were sold.  What happened next surprised many…

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 take you there…

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 War…

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, the story for the latter can be traced to a 400 year old farm  in Virginia…

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…

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…

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 pew of the presidents…

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…..

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 of a fire!  Roll back the clock a couple of centuries and it was perfectly normal here…

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 was here that the notable names of the day gathered to conduct business in the newly founded United States… 

Cyrus McCormick and His Threshing Machine

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014For centuries, crops were cut and threshed by hand. That all changed with a young farmer in Virginia. This is the story of a birthday present that revolutionized agriculture…

Honoring America’s Heroes

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Every 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 heroes…

Manassas Sesquicentennial

As July 21st, 1861 dawned, residents of northern Virginia could not fathom what was about to take place. It’s been 150 years since they witnessed the clash of north and south…..

Cyrus McCormick

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 present that revolutionized agriculture…..

The Battle of Cedar Creek

There are nearly 400 national park sites in the United States. Today we visit one of the newest in the system; a place of vital importance in American history, yet a place many have never heard of…..

Burning the Fields

Farmer’s crops can fall prey to the elements of mother nature. Heat, hail, wind and much more can destroy a crop. In 1864 it was fire that wiped out the crops and the farmsteads of many here…..