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Nicki Ahrens

Former Girl Scout Lora Callahan spent 120 hours leading an effort to make James River State Park Virginia’s second International Dark Sky Park. It became such last spring. Read more

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Justin McVey

Wildlife biologist Justin McVey loves working with critters—the larger, the better. Read more

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Lori Kincaid

Hey, let’s not short the cold season, hard as it may be to step outside into it. Our contributing photographers certainly brave the elements, and are back with the beautiful proof. Read more

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David Sibray, WV Explorer

The enigmatic face was likely carved into soapstone in the 1950s by a coal miner. Read more

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Brian Stansberry

The versatile, utilitarian rock is found at Schuyler, Virginia, and mined there by the nation’s oldest and largest producer of American soapstone. Read more

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Yes, the little engine began its life where it rolls today, but made a trek to Virginia and nearly ended up in California. Gene Autry Nearly Owned It. Read more

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Over the last 160 years, the identity of the peak has changed, changed, changed and changed again. Read more

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Anne Fulton

We got a note awhile back about a new scientific study looking at “the electrical conductivity of Earth’s crust and mantle below the mountain chain.” We wanted to understand it better, so we contacted the study’s lead author. Here's what he shared. Read more

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Bill Rozday

Our readers nominated more than 50 crafters for mentions in the magazine. Bob and Mary McIntire’s business was touted more than a half dozen times. Read more

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Quiet-loving chairmaker Curtis Buchanan long ago traded his power tools for a sledgehammer and a drawknife. Read more

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Brent McGuirt

It’s that first afternoon that feels like snow. That westerly breeze that leaves no doubt a new season is about to arrive. Our contributing photographers were there to capture it. Read more

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The Biltmore Company

George W. Vanderbilt III saw to every detail before welcoming family and friends to the 1895 holiday season. Alas, no known photographs of the celebrations survive. Read more

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How a boyhood fascination led to a man’s connection with a red-tailed hawk. Read more

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Kentucky Dept. for Libraries & Archives

During the Depression, they delivered books and other reading materials in remote rural areas, to people with no other access to the world of reading. Read more

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Angela Minor

The bedcover we know as a quilt is much more than the sum of its parts. In the Southern mountains, and across the globe, quilters hold a sacred place as documentarians of culture. Read more

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Angela Minor

Eleven years ago, groups of college exchange students traveled 7,700 miles from the U.S. to the town of Jingdezhen in southern China. On that trip Seth Guzovsky and Andrea Denniston first met… and then went their separate ways. Read more

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Angela Minor

“Making jewelry is really and truly something I love to do,” states Margaret Parker, North Carolina silversmith. “And I work in my basement,” she says with a smile. Read more

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Angela Minor

Warren May, creator of some 18,736 dulcimers (and counting), is considered a musical instrument-making rock star. Read more

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Angela Minor

For over a decade, Basket has worked in the region and across the country educating and inspiring survival groups, earth skills gatherings, herb collectives, and members of the Catawba Nation, among others. Read more

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Byron Young

Young has been turning wood for 50 years. “I was a medic in the Air Force back in the 1960s, and now I’m telling my age,” he says with a laugh. “It seems like I’ve always worked with wood, and I’ve really gotten into it in the last 20 years or so.” Read more

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