Tag Archives: history

Downtown Fredericksburg Virginia

8 Great Things to Do on a Fredericksburg Virginia Day Trip

Rich history combines with modern shopping, dining, and drink to make Fredericksburg Virginia a fun and relaxing day trip just an hour’s drive from Washington DC. The walkable downtown is a National Historic Site, filled with Colonial and Civil War sites, but the vibe is also modern, with shops galleries, and chef-owned restaurants lining the streets. […]

Huntley Meadows

20 Must See Northern Virginia Hidden Gems Rich in Nature and History

These Northern Virginia hidden gems deliver beautiful nature, fascinating history, or both, at lesser-known destinations perfect for a locals outing or a day trip for Washington DC visitors. After 20 years in Northern Virginia we are still surprised by the incredible diversity of places to visit and things to do in our region. Popular spots like Great Falls Park and Shenandoah National Park […]

The unique and historic Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is the fascinating home of unicorn root and dragon's blood in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Unicorn Root and Dragons Blood in Old Town Alexandria Virginia

This week’s Saturday Postcard is from the unique and historic Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum—the fascinating home of unicorn root and dragon’s blood in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Unicorn Root and Dragon’s Blood Entering the Apothecary Museum is like stepping back in time, but into a time you likely know little about. Glass bottles line the shelves, many containing the […]

Oatlands historic Mt Gap Schoolhouse

Join the Schoolmarm at Oatlands Historic Schoolhouse

A rare and fun opportunity to visit Oatlands historic schoolhouse is coming in September and October. A special Schools in Session program will bring the one-room Mountain Gap Schoolhouse to life, with a schoolmarm leading typical 19th century lessons.   This is a fun event for kids as they watch the schoolmarm ring the opening bell, take a seat […]

Trailhead Seneca Tract

Seneca Tract and Potomac Heritage Trail

Seneca Tract (aka Seneca Park) is one of those hidden Fairfax County gems combining lovely woods, pretty streams, interesting Civil War history and a stretch along the Potomac that’s part of a designated National Scenic Trail. This area is popular with hikers, birders, and horse-lovers (there are designated trails for horseback riding).   Woodland Trails in […]