Category Archives: Virginia

Tantalizing Rows of Williamsburg Artifacts in Plastic Bags Reveal “Rubbish, Treasures and Colonial Life”

Colonial Williamsburg hotel guests and annual passholders have special opportunities to take behind-the-scenes tours focusing on garden restoration, object conservation and other unique topics. “Rubbish, Treasures & Colonial Life” is a 90-minute tour that focuses on archaeological objects and current … Continue reading

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“Experiencing Sounds We’ve Never Heard Before” with Glass Musician Dean Shostak

I’ve been wanting to hear Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert at Colonial Williamsburg since Classical 101’s Boyce Lancaster blogged about it several years ago.  Experiencing this unique program at the Kimball Theatre last Wednesday was definitely worth the wait. Shostak has … Continue reading

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Since June 1974, I’ve Loved Colonial Williamsburg, Peanut Soup, Spoon Bread and Patent Leather Shoes

Colonial Williamsburg has been one of my favorite vacation destinations since my first visit there in June 1974.  My mother documented that vacation in a scrapbook for me so I could read it and remember what we did during our … Continue reading

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What the Minister’s Daughters Did After Leaving the Quiet Little Country Village: One Became Mrs. Jackson; Another Emerged As “The Poetess of the South”

Remember the minister’s daughter in the 1840s, writing to her friend back home about how disappointed she was in the quiet little country village that was her new home? Well, when her father had had enough, she and her sisters … Continue reading

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Moses Ezekiel: VMI Graduate, Award-Winning Sculptor and Mrs. Lee’s “Dear Young Friend”

In Summer 2008, I spent my days processing hundreds of telegrams, letters and other manuscripts that Civil War researchers would love. One day, I found some letters that Robert E. Lee’s wife, Mary Randolph Custis Lee, wrote from her home … Continue reading

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Indoors at VMI, There’s Little Sorrel and George Marshall’s Important Speech

While the Gothic Revival architecture may be the most popular exterior attraction at Virginia Military Institute, there are plenty of other interesting discoveries inside museums on the Post. After lunch on the terrace of Moody Hall, home to the VMI … Continue reading

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Alexander Jackson Davis Gave VMI Its Gothic Revival Style

When the Ohio Historical Center prepared its exhibit, “Ohio’s Garden Path: The Flowering of Our Landscape,” one of my jobs was to scan several illustrations from Cottage Residences, an architectural pattern book by Alexander Jackson Davis and Andrew Jackson Downing … Continue reading

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