Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Ruins of Rosewell; Rescued from the Cruel Hands of Nature and Man

There are 50 keystones missing. Perhaps some adorn nearby mantles. Others maybe are forgotten, collecting dust in attics or as doorstops. Regardless, they’re gone, likely for good, wrenched from a once-palatial mansion that now shows just how cruel a curator man can be. Long ago Rosewell was the seat of a sprawling plantation in Gloucester … Continue reading

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The Church Hill Tunnel; Two Portals a World Apart

The western end is an attractive backdrop for a trim, brick patio. The opening 4,000 feet east hides beneath jagged terrain and tangled thickets. These are the portals of the Church Hill Tunnel, ten blocks distant but a world apart. There is a train buried under Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood–the steam engine Locomotive 231 and … Continue reading

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The Pamunkey Indian Reservation Shad Hatchery; A Lesson in Conservation and Community

The April afternoon is hot–the first scorcher of the year–and I feel a sunburn rising as I stand on the dock at the Pamunkey Indian Reservation. That same heat tightening my skin has triggered some primal urge in the American shad swimming just offshore. Solar energy has warmed the water, commanded the fish to run … Continue reading

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The Gingaskin Indians and an African American Community Rich with Native Blood

Turn seaside at Eastville on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and you’ll be traveling on Indiantown Road. Most days this rural byway is lightly traveled. Traffic picks up just a hair when there’s some community activity–softball or basketball, for instance–at the Northampton County-run Indiantown Park at the end of the road. Of course, most folks stealing home … Continue reading

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First Landing State Park and the Last Trace of a Vanquished Nation

There are 64 people buried at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. 64 souls in a small circle of sandy ground maybe 20 feet across. ┬áThis is no grown-over, out-of-the-way country cemetery so common on the rim of the Chesapeake Bay, though. The people resting there are the last trace of an annihilated tribe. … Continue reading

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