Those who say Virginia—and Richmond—are still fighting the Civil War need only look at current state policy changes and debates over the Confederate flag and monuments to back up their claims. 

And now while the home of the Confederacy and former slave-trading hub will soon be home to one of the most watched sporting events in the world, some say that as the country discusses racial diversity and equality, the event's organizers will be promoting and embracing the ugliest chapter in American history.  

Mount Airy Plantation Renovation

Jul 9, 2015

The Northern Neck of Virginia is known for the plantation homes of the Washingtons and Lees. But just up the road in Warsaw, their close friend and fellow patriot John Tayloe II was a successful businessman whose Mount Airy Plantation has been the private home of the Tayloe family for more 250 years. Now, it's latest generation of owners, John Tayloe Emery and his wife Catherine are opening it's doors to the public in some unusual ways.  

Bristol – a city straddling the Virginia/Tennessee border - is known as the birthplace of Country Music..in fact, it was designated as such by Congress in 1998. It's a title that comes with one of the most important events in music history. Known as the “Big Bang of Country Music,” several modern popular artists are paying tribute to the Bristol Sessions through a new collaborative project. 

VHS Accession Number: 1998.92.1

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.