3 Trees in Virginia Tell Stories of Slavery, Faith and Freedom

Having lived most of my life in southwestern Virginia, I have a big place in my heart for this area of the United States. Being one of the first areas settled by Europeans coming into the “new world”, Virginia has a storied past and a rich history. It’s the place where George Washington’s Continental Army and their French allies defeated…

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Exploring the Virginia Creeper Trail – A Photo Journal

The Virginia Creeper Trail was originally a train route and is now a 34 mile pedestrian recreational path that leads from Abingon, VA through Damascus, VA and on to Whitetop Station near the North Carolina border. The hiking, biking and horseback riding simply can’t be beat. The weather here is amazing most of the year and ideal for outdoor activities….

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Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway

The majority of my life was spent in the mountain region of southwestern Virginia, an area of the Appalachian Mountains commonly called The Mountain Empire.  Although life, work and curiosity have taken me many places since I left in 2003, luckily I get to visit a couple times a year because my family still resides in a number of communities…

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