A small-town Virginia “doctor” and a most unlikely mapmaker, John Mitchell had some amazing gifts up his sleeve and hardly knew it
From barn shows to the Grand Ole Opry, Jesse McReynolds has given the music world his same humble yet brilliant style over and over again for three quarters of a century
These 87-year-old Appalachian-born fingers still know how to burn up the strings on a mandolin—and like nobody’s business
Two of the most important architects for their time and place, Smithey and Boynton brought the buildings of western Virginia into the twentieth century
He drew the line in the sand with his Monroe Doctrine, but did you know he had foreign capitals named after him?
The oldest state-supported military college in the country and one of the finest, VMI still adheres to original tenets set forth over 175 years ago
Mount Vernon, Virginia
While the larger-than-life man doesn’t live up to every legend surrounding his life and presidency, there are still plenty of fascinating facts about the Father of Our Country.
Say the two names together, and you bind two of the most iconic history makers of our country’s youth—and you also voice the name of one of the finest schools in the South
It reads like the latest and greatest spy-espionage-adventure novel. The only problem is that it actually all happened.
There is a whole lot more to Patrick Henry than a great speech, even if he was one of the best orators of the Revolutionary period
Last of the Founding Fathers and Father of the Constitution, but what else do you know about this great Virginian?
Home to both Jackson and Lee, this beautiful little college town tucked away in the Virginia highlands is so rich with Southern history you can breathe, feel, and taste it
Westmoreland County, Virginia
This particular Lee made the original declaration that the colonies should be free, but political forces then muffled his career
Mt. Vernon, Virginia
George Washington gets a lot of credit for his role in the founding of the United States, and he deserves every bit of it
Middleburg, VA; Bardstown, KY; Arrow Rock, MO; New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX, Potomac, MD; Meridian, MS
In business for no less than a century, these dining venues are where history meets the culinary world
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
His historical fate was to live in the shadow of another Lee’s wartime stardom, but Confederate General Edwin Gray Lee has a story all his own and, according to his famous cousin, “was a true man . . . a great credit to the name”
Clifton Forge, Virginia
Ironmaking in Alleghany County might be an easy facet to overlook in this beautiful, rustic, and agrarian region, but it played a pivotal role in the Civil War and post-war years alike, setting the stage for the industrial might of Virginia and West Virginia