Author: Gregory Hansard

Tapping into the History of Alcohol in the Old Dominion

Virginia has a long list of historic connections to alcohol. Jamestown had the first brewery in the American colonies, the first cookbook published in the American Colonies, The Compleat Housewife; or, Accomplish’d Gentlewoman’s Companion, was reprinted in Williamsburg, Virginia, by William Parks. This book contained recipes for food, medicine, and alcohol. Because of all of these great connections to Virginia and the history of alcohol, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) decided to create a program called History on Tap, where we take an alcohol recipe from our collection and partner with a brewery, cidery, or meadery to reproduce the beverage.

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Date Night: The Old Fashioned Way

My wife’s idea of a good date night does not usually involve a visit to a tavern or a historic site. Her ideal date would involve a nice meal at an elegant restaurant and an entertaining show, and then ice cream, of course. Last month, I was able to accomplish her ideal Date Night: The Old Fashioned Way with a trip to the Half Way House Restaurant and Swift Creek Mill Theatre in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

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All Quiet on the Southern front (of Pennsylvania): A Recap of a WWI Symposium in York, Pennsylvania

The East Coast Branch of the WFA holds two World War I seminars every year in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia areas, bringing together scholars, students, and others who are interested in learning more about the “War to End All Wars.” This fall’s symposium took place on October 24th at the York County Heritage Trust and involved a full day of activities.

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Lighting Up Our National Pastime in Our Nation’s Capital

There’s something about a night game, especially in our nation’s capital. The excitement of the crowd as they arrive at the stadium after the work day is finished; the way the steam comes off the grill for the ballpark food

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