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Oldest Church West of the Alleghenies Turns 225

Oldest Church West of the Alleghenies Turns 225

The 600-square-foot, unheated building was once the site of three-hour sermons, with attendees likely choosing the grassy slope outside over the backless puncheon benches.

 

Barack Obama on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Barack Obama on the Blue Ridge Parkway

You can imagine her, can't you? A 65-year-old woman, visiting from Ohio, getting up on a spring morning, deciding to take a hike. She puts a few items in her fanny pack, makes sure she's got her camera, sets out to enjoy a day in the mountains. She's...

Growing Rose Trees

Growing Rose Trees

“In bitter weather, the leaves of rhododendrons roll into thin black cigars of misery and present a singularly depressing appearance. There is no need for a thermometer to judge the temperature if these particular plants are in sight.”

Something There is That Doesn't Love a Wall

Something There is That Doesn't Love a Wall

“A small amount of dry masonry guard wall has been built on three sections. Some of this was placed on fills where the shoulders were too narrow and, although built up at the time the guard wall was constructed, has since required a considerable amou...

Set in Stone

Set in Stone

Stonemasons , engineers, landscape architects, surveyors and so many others were
part of the building of the Blue Ridge Parkway, between 1935 and 1987, milepost 1 to milepost 469, Cumberland Knob groundbreaking to Linn Cove Viaduct completion.

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