Ben Hur is a small, unincorporated community in Lee County that was named for the 1880 novel, “Ben-Hur: a Tale of the Christ,” written by former Union General Lew Wallace.
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The Legend of the Woodbooger
In Southwest Virginia’s Powell Valley, near the city of Norton, legend has it that a Sasquatch-like creature roams the hills, and it’s at least partially responsible for boosting the local economy.
Harvesting the Future
Cyrus McCormick’s invention — the mechanical grain reaper — had an impact on the mechanization of agriculture during the 19th century.
Red, White, Blue and Purple
On May 9, 1971, U.S. Army Captain Thomas Smith was co-piloting a military helicopter on a “last light” visual reconnaissance scouting mission in the vicinity of Viet Nam’s U-Mihn Forest, better known to military personnel as the Delta.
America’s First Political Celebrity
John Dickinson just might be the most important Founding Father you’ve never heard of.
Juneteenth: Learning from History
On Pocahontas Island, just across the Appomattox River from historic Petersburg, Va., sits a yellow house filled with 8,500 years of history. Inside, you can often find the honorary mayor of the island giving free historical tours to anyone who’s interested.
Getting the Royal Treatment
Tucked away into the equestrian history of the James E. Swart Animal Center in Front Royal, Va., are ties to a world-famous World War I warhorse, a legendary Triple Crown winner and Gen. George S. Patton’s Lipizzaner stallions, to name but a few.