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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Preservation Alarm - Warm Springs Pools

Update: It appears that these historic structures will be saved and preserved. See more recent news here. This is one of the saddest (and...