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. 

This weekend is a big one for horse-racing, with American Pharoah going for the Triple-Crown.  Here in Virginia, the horse has some special fans – people who know where he came from and hope he’ll bring new honor to the state. 

It’s been more than forty years since Secretariat stunned the racing world with a spectacular win at Belmont.

“He is moving like a tremendous machine.  Secretariat by 12.  Secretariat by 13 lengths on the turn.”

In 1968, the University of Virginia decided to partner with Mt. Vernon to publish the papers of George Washington. Copies of about 140,000 letters and documents are now in storage at UVA’s main library.

After he died, Washington’s wife burned the letters he had written to her, but a large collection of letters written by Martha remain, and those will also be published.