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This production still is from the 1937 Fox Hearst film “Romance of the Reaper,” which was produced by International Harvester to celebrate the McCormick reaper’s centennial. The scene is a re-creation of the first reaper test.

Wisconsin Historical Society Whi58739. Used With Permission.

Cyrus McCormick's Reaper: The Ag Industrial Revolution Began in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

Cyrus McCormick’s invention, his business sense and his determination influenced not only agriculture, but also the civil war and business practices that survive today. more »

Aug 8, 2014 Features

Roanoke’s architecture reflects its personality: brick marked with the patina of years, neighbors to contemporary glass asymmetry, all reflecting and surrounded by the green of trees and mountains.

Cara Ellen Modisett

Roanoke: How to be a Visitor in Your Own Hometown

It’s not every city that lends itself as readily as Roanoke to a long-time resident’s stepping out into it as a visitor. Our editor at large got to visit treasures she’s enjoyed for 16 years, and can’t wait to recommend. more »

Aug 8, 2014 Features

Top 50 Things to See and Do This Fall!

Is there a better season in the mountains? Not just the leaves, but the water and the peaks, the wine trails and the parks, the farms and the hikes, the bike rides and the boat treks. C’mon, let’s get out there! more »

Aug 8, 2014 Features

Courtesy of Boar's Head Ballooning

Floating on Mountain Tops: Ballooning in the Blue Ridge

From Phileas Fogg in “Around the World in 80 Days” to Thaddeus Lowe and the First Battle of Bull Run, hot air balloons inspire our imaginations in ways no other form of transportation can. more »

Aug 3, 2014 Features

Pilot Mitch Pennington is with Just Plane Adventures.

Joe Tennis

Dolly Sods and Much More: West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands

Online Extras: Take a flight over the Potomac Highlands with Just Plane Adventures, see the Blackwater Falls, visit the Beverly, WVA Heritage Center and hear the falls of Hills Creek! more »

Jun 12, 2014 Features

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