History In Site: C&A Railway Power Plant, Charlottesville VA

Every time I drive into Charlottesville on westbound Interstate 64, I notice a tall, ornate smokestack standing not far off as I cross the Rivanna River. I always assumed it was the remains of an old mill or something. Whenever I spot something like that, I have two thoughts: What is that? And: How can […]

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Wander: Northern Virginia and Maryland

I set out for an all-day wander up to northern Virginia, and then across the Potomac River to the Nanjemoy area of Maryland. Along the way I stopped at the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, Leesylvania State Park, and the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay, with a quick stop near the site of John Wilkes Booth’s death […]

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Day Tripping: Cumberland County, Virginia
Cumberland County, VA

I hit the road early this past Sunday morning for a proper wander–I had one initial destination in mind, and from there I thought I’d just explore and see where I ended up. And it turned out the answer was: Cumberland County, Virginia. It wasn’t a particularly long excursion, but I was pretty pleased with […]

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Destination: Maymont Estate and Gardens, Richmond VA
Rocks and waterfall at Maymont in Richmond VA

Our new home is in the vicinity of Richmond, Virginia, a city rich in natural beauty and historical significance. But it seems Richmond’s crown jewel is the Maymont Estate and Gardens, a gorgeous combination of both nature and history. We’ve been several times and only begun to scratch the surface, so consider this merely an […]

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History In Site: Cahaba River Bridge Train Wreck, AL

Wherever we go, the landscape is dotted with history–places large and small where the world once shifted, for one or for many. Sometimes those memories linger in physical form–if you know the story behind what you’re seeing. As a student of the past, my History In Site posts tell some of the stories of places […]

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