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Gardens and Grounds: Exerpt from First House

The men who moved the capital from Williamsburg to Richmond envisioned Shockoe Hill as a parklike expanse anchored by Jefferson’s Capitol and a residence for the governor. But years after those two structures had been completed, the grounds remained in dire condition, cut by ravines...

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Before the Charge: George Pickett on the Rappahannock

He wore his perfumed hair in long ringlets and his mustache curled. He preferred ruffled shirts and was fond of strong drink. One historian said “very few Confederate generals sat for the camera more often.” Although George Edward Pickett always will be linked to one of the most...

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John Barber: The Chesapeake Bay Watermen's Artist

“John Barber has utilized extensive research and extraordinary talent to capture on canvas the mood and essence of the water culture of Chesapeake Bay.”

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The Blaze of Autumn

Autumn brings with it many gifts. Children return to school, the air conditioners can rest and windows can be opened. Produce stands seem to overflow with the very best of cantaloupes, tomatoes and corn. Jackets and shoes once again become a part of our wardrobes.

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Invitations for All Seasons

One of my favorite parts of hosting a party is creating just the right invitation. Whether it’s fun and flirty or stylish and sophisticated I think of it as the prelude to my event. Forget the boring fill-in-the-date card. I want an invitation that shouts, “This party will be fun!”

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Front Door Appeal: First Impressions Count

Throughout our lives we have often heard the old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. This profoundly simple statement was never more-true as it pertains to the front door appeal of our home, which is the most obvious focal point of every house. The front...

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Meeting Menokins Secrets

The sun shone indiscriminately, making the trees greener and their shadows darker. The azure sky contrasted the landscape, a startling change to the heat-bloated shade of grey I had noticed only seconds before. Silence swallowed me briefly before the staccato of the cicadas grew...

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Ghost Hunt on the Bay

It was the second crab pot buoy I had found washed up on Haven Beach in less than a month. Somewhere out in the Bay two more crab pots joined the thousands of others sitting on the bottom. Except for the waterman, whose investment in the pots is now likely lost forever, or the...

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Awesome Apples: Where to Begin and End with Nature's Bounty

When it comes to fruit in Virginia, nothing says tasty and delicious like fresh apples. From the first bite that Eve took from an apple, to Sir Isaac Newton being hit in the head by an apple falling from a tree and formulating the laws of gravity to William Tell proclaiming, “An apple...

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The Grand Dam of the Northern Neck

Edna Earle Mizelle moved here in 1991 from Omaha, Nebraska where she had resided for fifteen years with her husband, Joe. Previously they had lived in Richmond, VA. Joe was one of the brains behind the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign. She states that they first met during high...

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Still Haven't Had That Mammogram? A Radiologist takes on the excuses

After more than two decades as a radiologist, I can tell you that one of the most important things I’ve learned about healthcare has very little to do with medicine, technology or clinical innovation. Instead, it’s based on the simple idea that better health begins with better...

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Urbanna Oyster Festival

One of the most successful festivals in the state, the Urbanna Oyster Festival is one of Urbanna, Virginia’s most beloved traditions. With live music, parades, activities for the kids, street sales from vendors state wide, contests, and of course the great food, the Oyster Festival...

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The Chesapeake Bay Wineries

This historic Tidewater region of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula falls between the Potomac and York rivers, with the Chesapeake Bay to the east. Here in the winter of 1607–08, Captain John Smith was a prisoner of the Powhatans. Here were born three presidents — George...

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