History

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Like many museums, the Virginia Historical Society has a lot of stuff in storage.  In fact, less than one percent of its documents and artifacts are on display, but the society offers special tours that take curious people behind the scenes. If you have 90 free minutes on certain Saturdays and a strong curious streak, the Virginia Historical Society invites you to learn about a range of quirky topics.

The University of Virginia has taken another step in its quest to raise awareness of what enslaved people contributed to UVA during its early years.

 

At a special ceremony, the school named a new dormitory for Isabella and William Gibbons, a married couple who lived and worked on campus before the Civil War.  Dr. Marcus Martin is co-chair of UVA’s commission on slavery.

Lays Hardware Center for the Arts

Jun 17, 2015

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming, running throughout the week, spotlights the music, environment and culture of Southwest Virginia…. including some venues that do that work all the time.

Lays Hardware was an important part of downtown Coeburn for a long time, as Charlie McConnell will tell you.

Blue Ridge Swim Club Receives Historic Designation

Jun 16, 2015

Historians find lots to love in Virginia – four presidential homes, more than a hundred battlefields, countless cemeteries, monuments and historic buildings.  This year, the National Register of Historic Places added another spot in the Commonwealth – a swimming pool.  Sandy Hausman reports on why it was honored.

The Blue Ridge Swim Club, just west of Charlottesville, is surrounded by an old growth forest, accessible by a one-lane, unpaved road.  The pool the length of a football field and was built more than a hundred years ago according to owner Todd Barnett.

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is a nine-day festival staged in 19 counties and four cities across Southwest Virginia. But for some people, including Ralph Stanley Museum director Tammy Hill, the work of preserving mountain music and mountain culture goes on all the time. 

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