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Twenty years later, Discovery Museum still inspires young learners

Provided by Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is pleased to announce its Twentieth Anniversary Celebration, sponsored by Shenandoah Smiles. The event is scheduled for April 9, 2016 and is offered at a reduced admission rate of $5.00 per person and is free for members of the museum. The celebration will begin at 9:00 a. m. and …

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The ‘York’ Returns to Baltimore

Provided by John Cowgill In 1831, the original York steam locomotive was built at the Mount Clare Shops in Baltimore, Maryland, and it went into service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.  A replica was later built in 1927 for the two week long ‘Fair of the Iron Horse’ in Halethorpe, Maryland celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Baltimore and …

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A Stroll Down King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Provided by John Cowgill Alexandria, Virginia is one of the most storied cities in America.  Every step you take is a place where one story after another took place.  At one time, it was the fifth largest waterfront in America.  It has always been a very busy place, and it gets busier every day.  The many shops and restaurants are …

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Discover Prince William and Manassas, FY15 Annual Report

An incredible year for local tourism The numbers are undeniably impressive…visitors to Prince William & Manassas generated $593 million in direct expenditures in 2014, a collective increase of 3.8% compared to the previous year.  Prince William County continued its recovery from the federal government shut-down and sequestration of the preceding year with hotel occupancy tax collections increasing by 7% to …

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The Railroad: In the Beginning

Provided by John Cowgill So you love railroads.  You love the toot of the horn, the sound of the roaring engine, the sounds of the wheels, and you count the cars as they go by.  Whether you are at the junction at Wellington Road in Manassas or at one of the VRE stations in Woodbridge, you are always drawn to …

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A Drive to Dover, Delaware

Provided by John Cowgill When you think about where to go on a day road trip, you would have to admit that Dover, Delaware would not be on too many lists. You are wondering what there is to see in Dover other than the state capitol and the Dover Downs Slots which also includes the speedway that hosts a Nascar …

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Meet Santa on the Virginia Railway Express Train

Provided by Virginia Railway Express Trains have long been part of the holiday season, whether it’s a 150-ton train bringing loved ones home to celebrate the holidays with family or a toy train set circling underneath a decorated tree. On Saturday, December 12, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Virginia’s commuter rail service, along with Operation Lifesaver, will continue the tradition by playing host to Santa, …

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Summer Escape Plans — Perfectly Packed

by Roxy Rowton Summer — the season that hallmarks going places for relaxation or recreation. Our excitement level tends to swell with travel plans to get away, to escape, to get some downtime. The questions of what to pack, what to bring, and what to wear to happily balance style with travel are conundrums that rapidly swing the pleasure pendulum …

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Odd Fest Coming to Martinsburg June 27-28

Provided by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau Odd Fest, a weird, wild and wonderful weekend for the entire family is coming to Martinsburg June 27th and 28th! Something for everyone can be found at this two day festival. From a weird medical equipment exhibit to an elegant bridal show, from wild animals at Orr’s to learning about survival techniques and medicinal plants, …

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Crime Museum To Unveil New Exhibit on March 18th

Provided by the Crime Museum Crime Museum today announced that its newest exhibit, Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes will officially open to the public on March 18, 2015. The exhibit features terrorist attacks committed on American soil and will also address a topic that is often in the headlines- Hate Crimes.  This exhibit will educate the public on how these …

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