A Guide to Local Parks

Although the Rappahannock area has industrialized rapidly over the last thirty years, it still possesses ample green space and natural beauty, and there is no better place to see this than in our local parks. Many of these parks were only recently created, some within the last ten years. This guide provides a list of…
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Board Game Nights

Board games have a surprisingly long history and have been a main form of entertainment until recently (see the links at the bottom of the post). Some ancient games include senet, the Royal Game of Ur, Go, Mancala, chess, and checkers. With television, video games, and the internet available, board games often take a back seat to…
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The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy, Chapter 1

By Robert Krick The first 18 pages of The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy: The Death of Stonewall Jackson and Other Chapters on the Army of Northern Virginia, by Robert K. Krick, are reprinted here with permission from the author and publisher, Louisiana State University Press, which retains all republication rights. Library copies of The Smoothbore Volley are available…
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The Queens of Crime: Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, Superintendent Battle - all of these detectives, some amateurs, some professional - are the creations of one woman, Agatha Christie. Dame Agatha Christie started writing as a young woman, but it wasn’t until 1920, when her first Hercule Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published that her…
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The Queens of Crime: Margery Allingham

MR ALBERT CAMPION Coups neatly executed Nothing sordid, vulgar or plebian            Deserving cases preferred Police no object So reads the business card of Margery Allingham’s detective/adventurer, Albert Campion.   Campion first appears as a side character in The Crime at Black Dudley, but he was so insistently present throughout the story that Allingham made him…
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