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Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park
Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park
Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

LURAY, Va. โ€” Skyline Drive winds for 105 miles in Shenandoah National Park, along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The winding serpentine road provides panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Virginia Piedmont to the east as it meanders through lush forest. The more than 70 scenic overlooks offer mountain vistas and access to various natural wonders.

Alongside the stunning landscapes, the park also offers views of diverse wildlife, including deer, black bears, and numerous bird species, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and casual travelers.

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Juneteenth / Sully Historic Site

Juneteenth / Sully Historic Site
Juneteenth / Sully Historic Site

CHANTILLY, Va. โ€”ย The Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Va., offers visitors a glimpse into life in the early 19th century with its mansion and the surrounding estate. The original home was built in 1794 by Richard Bland Lee, northern Virginiaโ€™s first congressman. The Federal-style architecture and period furnishings reflect the lifestyle of Virginia's elite during that era.

Today, the property is managed by the Fairfax County Park Authority and provides guided tours, educational programs, and seasonal events, including todayโ€™s Juneteenth celebration.

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A Gospel Symphony Celebration: Tribute to Richard Smallwood at 75

A Gospel Symphony Celebration: Tribute to Richard Smallwood at 75
A Gospel Symphony Celebration: Tribute to Richard Smallwood at 75
A Gospel Symphony Celebration: Tribute to Richard Smallwood at 75
A Gospel Symphony Celebration: Tribute to Richard Smallwood at 75

WASHINGTON โ€” The National Symphony Orchestra presented "A Gospel Symphony Celebration: Tribute to Richard Smallwood at 75," featuring performances by Smallwoodโ€™s ensemble Vision; gospel stars Dorinda Clark Cole, Maurette Brown Clark, and Pastor Marvin L. Winans; the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University; the Bowie State University Choir; and more.

In honor of Juneteenth and the 75th birthday of gospel legend Richard Smallwood, this soulful celebration was conducted by Grammy-winning producer Dr. Henry Panion III.

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Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Thomas Stone National Historic Site
Thomas Stone National Historic Site
Thomas Stone National Historic Site

PORT TOBACCO, Md. โ€” Haberdeventure Plantation was the home of Thomas Stone, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

The curved five-part brick house was built on the 442-acre property Stone purchased from his uncle, Daniel Jenifer, in 1770. The main house, surrounded by gardens and scenic landscapes, reflects the Georgian architectural style typical of the period.

Today, this historic site offers guided tours of the mansion, trails leading to the Stone Family Cemetery, and outbuildings including the horse and tobacco barns, the corn crib, and the tenant house.

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. โ€” Located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, Harpers Ferry is home to the iconic John Brown Fort, where abolitionist John Brown and his raiders made their last stand, the charming historic Lower Town, and the original campus of Storer College. For 25 years, Storer College was the only school in West Virginia where people of color could receive education beyond the primary level.

From the park, visitors can walk across the Potomac River from West Virginia into Maryland and visit the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park towpath (also part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail). Alternatively, hikers can traverse the Appalachian National Scenic Trail as it winds through Lower Town.

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