Home Sweet Home

My home is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains (in the background here). This is looking east, Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Why...

Be Inspired

Don't let others define you.

We're on Instagram!

Starting slow, but with the history and beauty that I'm surrounded by here in western Virginia, along with the relics and bones we'll be...

On My Nightstand

Fascinating read offering many different perspectives; some competing. The chapter titled "Local History: A Way to Place and Home" by...

The Enduring Legacy of Johnny Reb

I finally finished my essay on Johnny Reb which will be published at the Essential Civil War Curriculum website soon. I've been putting...

Knives, Relics & Rites of Passage

I bought this Buck knife for a grandson who's turning 13 next week. His father owns a hunting lodge in Canada. My grandson can skin a...

Relics & Father's Day

“Men used to build and create as much for future generations as for their own needs, so their tools have a special message for us and our...

Preserving Our Tobacco Heritage

My great-great grandfather and great-grandfather on my father's side were cotton and tobacco farmers in Southside Virginia. My...

Ode to the Country Summer

The rural lifestyle is something we here at Relics & Bones embrace with gusto. With our HQ here in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, we are...

The Legacy of Fathers

I realize that this Sunday is Mother's Day, but this photo of my son and grandson came across my feed t his morning, so I thought I'd...

Slow Down. Whittle.

I've worked the last few Saturdays cleaning up our property from the winter storms. A severe ice storm, followed by high winds brought...

An Ode to Jake

“Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” ~ Mark Twain I’ve heard theologians and...

History, Country Folks & God's Providence

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they...

Rodeo's Jackie Robinson

My son who, as a former bull rider won a Virginia state competition in that sport, shared this story with me. With this being Black...