Posted in American Countryside Virginia

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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Posted in American Countryside Best of Virginia Washington, DC

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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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…

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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…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War National Battlefield National Park Service Podcast Virginia

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…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War Podcast Virginia

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…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War Podcast Virginia

Belle Grove Plantation

Our history books tell us the south had many slave holding plantations in the years leading up to the Civil War. So it may be…

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Posted in American Countryside FFA Podcast Virginia

Facing Challenges in the East

Virginia’s farmers may not be in the middle of the corn belt, but the challenges they face are something all in agriculture should heed. Today…

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Posted in American Countryside FFA Podcast Virginia

A Great Pumpkin Patch

Not many people make their living off of a pumpkin patch. Matt and Andrea Lohr don’t pay all of the bills by selling the orange…

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Posted in American Countryside FFA Podcast Virginia

A Farm In Virginia

Matt Lohr has accomplished much in life before the age of 40. He’s served multiple terms in his state’s legislature, is currently the state’s commissioner…

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Posted in American Countryside Podcast Virginia

Stories of Tragedy and Triumph at the Freedom House

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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Posted in American Countryside Civil War Podcast Virginia

The Freedom House

I always enjoy the chance to explore Alexandria, Virginia. It’s a historic city and I recently happened upon a new museum–a place I recommend all…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War Podcast Virginia

The Battle of New Market

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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Posted in American Countryside Civil War Podcast Virginia

Gaining Control of the 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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Posted in American Countryside Podcast Virginia Washington, DC

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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Posted in American Countryside Podcast Virginia Washington, DC

A Uniform of Perfection

Some jobs require you to wear a uniform. Imagine a job where that uniform had to be worn with perfection…where a deviation of 1/64 of…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War National Monument National Park Service Podcast Virginia

Freedman’s Village and Arlington National Cemetery

It was a village inside Arlington National Cemetery, a place where people found refuge during the Civil War. Here’s the story of the unique city…

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Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 27

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…

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Posted in American Countryside Podcast Virginia Washington, DC

A Historian for Arlington National Cemetery

Tom thought he was coming here simply to fill a summer job. Over 30 years later, he’s still here, but that’s fine with him. It’s…

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