The sound of guitars, banjos, fiddles and mandolins is what defines the rural hill people of Virginia. At Mount Rogers School, students earn credit learning how to play mountain music. Catch a radio broadcast of live mountain music at the Rex Theater in Galax, "Mountain Music Capital of the World". Not far away, Wayne Henderson has been making guitars for more than forty years. His love of music is exhibited in the stories he shares while working on his latest instruments.
In the Shenandoah Valley the community of Staunton is an historic stop. A local street fair brings a group of dancing "Morris Men" and several artists are on hand at the hot glass exhibition. In Eastern Virginia, history defines the state. The National Park Service's Jamestown Site is where the historic remains of America's first settlement lie today. The nearby Jamestown Settlement is a recreation of life in one of America's first communities complete with an Indian village, sailing ships and swordsmen.
In Colonial Williamsburg, fully costumed characters from the late 1700's interact with tourists and each other. The Yorktown battlefield was where George Washington's troops defeated the British in the battle that ended America's War for Independence. Today, modern warriors visit the battlefield to study tactics that are still relevant today. Smoked country hams are one of the hallmarks of the state dating back several generations. Whether you're in search of our country's history, a day at the beach, or some good old time mountain music, Virginia has something for everyone.
(Discoveries America South Atlantic 6 DVD collection includes 5% discount: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia and Virginia. Condensed version also available with 6 DVD's in a single case.)DVDDAVA REVIEW: Discoveries America, Virginia
"...In Virginia, in addition to profiling such historically important sites as Jamestown (home of the first contingent of settlers from England), colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown (where George Washington accepted Cornwallis' surrender, signaling the end of America's war for independence), the program also visits a school where students learn to play "mountain music" found only in Virginia's rural hill areas, stops at a guitar factory where Wayne Henderson creates world-class musical instruments, and tours the home of Edwards' nationally famous smoked country hams. Other distinctive sites include Staunton and Virginia Beach. Sure to be popular, this is definitely recommended for travel collections."