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Coming soon . . . We offer products that celebrate American history, heritage, heroes, relics, preservation, adventure and...

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...

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...

The Mighty Minié

The latest issue of American Digger Magazine will be mailed out soon. This issue includes a piece I wrote about the history of the Minié...

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...

Happy Birthday Mr. President

Today is Virginian George Washington's birthday. Washington set the standard for conduct and leadership to our very young nation. His...

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...

Jackson's Resolve

In a recent Youtube video produced by the American Battlefield Trust, Emerging Civil War's Chris Mackowski does a superb job of...

Recommended: The Activist Historian

The title was to get your attention. I do NOT recommend activist historians. But do read on, you'll understand . . . I'm headed to the...

My American Heritage Began in Boston

"388 years ago today, February 5, 1631, Roger and Mary Bernard Williams arrived in Boston aboard the Lyon and our family’s history in...

The Valley is Home

From Julia Davis's, A Valley and a Song ~ The Story of the Shenandoah River, published in 1963: The Shenandoah is also a legend, and it...

Thom Jackson Before Stonewall

Yesterday, January 21st, was Stonewall Jackson's 195th birthday. When Jackson was seventeen years old, he and his friend Thaddeus Moore...

Lee ~ An Exemplary Career

Today marks Robert E. Lee's 212th birthday. This was posted last year in the Civil War Trust's (now American Battlefield Trust) Facebook...