Virginia 400: America on the Half Shell

November 1-10, 2018
A BGES' Americana Field University Program
With Neil Mangum and Len Riedel from Norfolk, VA

It was England's premier colony named after the virgin queen Elizabeth I–Virginia. It bought England wealth and innovation, joy and heartbreak and when she made common cause with other colonies she became the home of a new nation–four of America's first 5 presidents were from the Old Dominion and the trend continued into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. When America engaged in a great Civil War she became the epicenter of fighting with a former president now firmly aligned with the fate of Virginia and her confederacy. Over the years she continued to innovate and lead–electing the first African-American as governor. She was integral to America's space exploration and for years continues to host some of the nation's most important and strategic military installations. Virginia is truly a central and luminescent diamond in America's crown.

Over the years, Virginia has developed its own heritage identity. There are so many places to see that fundamental Americana is often overlooked. No more–join us as we hit a wide variety of oft overlooked sites in Virginia's heritage. They are sites so important that anywhere else they would be central to any tourist trail; but, in Virginia they are just another item on the bucket list. This is our Virginia–a personal insider's look at the state we know and love. Come on and join us–we will open your eyes.
The complete itinerary is here on our main website: Virginia 400: America on the Half Shell.

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