Preserve History - It's What We Do

I've been "out of it" for a while. As always, lots going on behind the scenes. I'll be catching up over the next week so so. Here's the...

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...

History You Can Touch

History is so much more than abstract theory and politics which, unfortunately, seems to be the primary focus of today's 'progressive'...

Thank God for "Amateur" Historians

Fellow detectorist, preservationist and Virginian, Bill Dancy, has written a comprehensive book about colonial artifacts in Virginia. I...

50 Years Ago Today

I remember it so well. I was 11 years old. Many of my family members were impacted.

My Daughter's Sense of Place

Our oldest daughter is an accomplished, strong young woman; a wife and mother of four beautiful girls. She holds a bachelor's degree...

"It's Good Work"

Indeed it is. And long overdue. [Don't subtract, add.] "Handprints are visible in some of the University of Virginia’s oldest bricks....

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...

Journaling, Manliness & History

I finally got around to finding someone who is able to transcribe my great-grandfather's journal. His handwriting is somewhat...

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...

The Burning of VMI: 155 Years Ago Today

He buried history to save it . . . On the 12th of June, 1864, Union General David Hunter ordered the burning of Virginia Military...

Warm Springs Pools Update

Several weeks ago, I posted a "preservation alarm" about the Jefferson, aka, Warm Springs Pools. I, along with many other folks familiar...

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...