Welcome to The Virginia History Podcast which covers the rich history that has made the Commonwealth what it is today.
When most consider Virginia History, images of Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, or the Civil War flash through their minds. Rightly so. But there is much more than the fascinating events that took place in those locations across the Commonwealth.
This podcast will certainly cover Jamestown, Williamsburg, and the Civil war, but it also draws great attention to the other key events, people, and locations that have shaped Virginia into what it is today.
Jamestown started as a debacle, but eventually it unfolded into the many James River Plantations that served as both Virginia’s and later the United States’ first industrial powerhouse.
The earliest families who emigrated into the region soon became a new type of elite farmer, merchant, tradesman, statesman, and leader. Families such as the Harrisons, Carters, Randolphs, Custis, and Lees influenced the land, state, and country in ways that few others could boast, while they networked into powerfully networked connections.
Those families molded thought and ideas in such a way that can still be felt today. In so doing they left a major legacy. But they left more than just their ideas behind. They also dotted the landscape with breathtaking homes, cities, and monuments as a tribute to their far reaching legacies.
As fascinating as those stories and legacies are, Virginia also has excruciatingly dark times as well, such as The Starving Time, Indian Raids, Slavery, War, and Rebellion. Those moments help make sense of the narrative in profound ways that command poignant reflection.
The podcast’s focus is to walk through Virginia’s story, all of it. Along the way, as that story is narrated, extra time will be taken to dig deeper, while illustrating certain places, people, and events more thoroughly. So, join us on our adventure, it proves to be a very exciting journey indeed!
If you have not already listened to the short podcast introduction, please do so here.
After getting acquainted, pick a series of episodes, and jump right in.