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MSV in Winchester presents 'Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art' Special

Winchester - Northern Virginia is full of things to see and do and Winchester is no exception. A great museum to check out is the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Lots of art and history to see here.

Ben Lomond House — From plantation to Civil War hospital Special

Manassas - Manassas, Virginia is full of history. The town, located about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C., is probably best known for its role in the American Civil War.

Puppy in recovery after being thrown off Northern Va. balcony

Manassas - Last week a puppy plunged to the ground from two stories up. It is believed the dog, a border collie mix, was thrown from a balcony. After receiving leg surgery, the puppy is now in recovery.

Photo Essay: Summer excavations of Mount Vernon's kitchen ongoing Special

Mount Vernon - An archaeology dig at Mount Vernon has been taking place throughout the summer outside the property's kitchen. The team's objective is to try to learn more about the earlier layout of the property and also see what other artifacts can be found.

Photo Essay: Bees, butterflies & flying critters at Mount Vernon Special

Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon is a popular destination in Northern Virginia. In addition to touring the mansion itself, the property is interesting to explore and photograph. Not only are the views overlooking the Potomac River stunning, but there is much wildlife to see.

Photo Essay: A summer visit with feathered friends on the farm Special

Herndon - Kidwell Farm, located in Northern Virginia's Fairfax County, is a popular family-oriented outing. The farm houses several animals, including a few varieties of birds. Visitors to the farm can find chickens, ducks, turkeys and even peacocks.

Photo Essay: Family fun at 4-H Fair & Carnival in Fairfax, Va. Special

Herndon - The annual 4-H Fair & Carnival at Northern Virginia's Frying Pan Farm Park just wrapped up its 65th year. This year's 4-day event was filled with family fun and lots of activities.

Op-Ed: What to do in DC with the kids on days it's too hot to be outside Special

Looking for something to do in the D.C. area this summer when it's too hot to be outside? There are plenty of things to do that are inside the comfort of air conditioned buildings and are very child-friendly.

Cicadas arrive in Northern Virginia, but where are they hiding? Special

Manassas - Last month several media reports noted the Brood II cicada population is expected to explode along the U.S. East Coast. While some areas saw cicadas aplenty, other areas which anticipated a large showing have seen few.

Stone House lives to tell the tale of two U.S. Civil War battles Special

Manassas - The Stone House in Manassas, Virginia stands on the fields where two major Civil War battles took place. Today the property is open to the public.

Burnside Farms' Festival of Tulips boasts colors and beauty Special

Haymarket - Burnside Farms, of Haymarket, Virginia is currently holding its tulip festival. On Saturday, many families came out to enjoy the scenery and pick some flowers to take home.

Fairfax, Va. celebrates a cleaner environment at SpringFest 2013 Special

Lorton - On Saturday, Fairfax County held its SpringFest 2013. The annual event celebrates Earth Day, Arbor Day, and a cleaner environment.

Man accused of selling outdated meat at discount store

Front Royal - A Maryland man was fined and given probation after he pled guilty to 10 misdemeanor counts of selling outdated meat at his discount store in Virginia. Originally he had been charged with 10 felony counts.

Man tracks down woman and returns cash found after carpooling

Dumfries - A Washington D.C. commuter found over $600 in cash in his car in an unmarked envelope after carpooling with a stranger. He was happy after he'd found the woman who had been carrying the money.

Northern Virginia snow causes messy morning commute Special

Fairfax - A bit of snow came through the Northern Virginia region this Monday morning. While significant amounts of accumulation are not expected, it was just enough to cause some problems on the road during the morning commute.

March wintry weather closes Northern Virginia area schools Special

Fairfax - Snow began falling in the early hours of the morning, causing many Northern Virginia school districts to close. While areas closer to the beltway remained open, schools west chose to call a snow day.

14th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade held in Manassas, Va. Special

Manassas - This weekend the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade took place in Manassas. Its 14th year, the parade delighted visitors who came out for the 11 a.m. parade.

Mysterious notes left on Manassas resident doorsteps

Manassas - Over the last couple of months, a mystery has emerged in Manassas, Virginia. An individual has been leaving threatening notes on the doorsteps of several homeowners.

10th annual Lunar New Year Festival at Fair Oaks Mall in photos Special

Fairfax - This weekend the Fair Oaks Mall honored the Lunar New Year 4711 in the form of a festival that included hundreds of performers representing many different countries.

D.C. region tops list of commuter hours wasted in traffic Special

Fairfax - A new report says U.S. drivers spend, on average, over 65 hours a year sitting in traffic. The Washington D.C. region ranked top of the list of those commuters wasting time stuck in road congestion.

Review: A step back in time at the Old Jail Museum, Warrenton, Va. Special

Warrenton - The Old Jail Museum in Fauquier County, Virginia is an interesting place to tour. While one would expect to be touring an old jail building, upon arrival, visitors will be delighted to find there is that and so much more.

Op-Ed: Old Jail Museum — An inside view of 19th century jail in Virginia Special

Warrenton - The Old Jail Museum is located in Northern Virginia's Fauquier County. The museum is what the name implies, an old jail, one of the best preserved jails from an earlier era in the state of Virginia.

Op-Ed: Bird watching ─ a popular winter activity Special

The brisk days of winter are a popular time of the year for bird watching. Ardent bird lovers and amateur watchers often find the colder months a great time to spot winter birds.

Photo Essay: Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate Special

Mount Vernon - Over the past several weeks things have gotten festive at Mount Vernon, George Washington's Estate, Museum & Gardens. The historic property is decorated for Christmas as visitors experience a taste of 18th century holiday celebrating.

Photo Essay: Wintry weather mix reaches Fairfax County, Virginia Special

Fairfax - During the time frame between Halloween and Christmas, Northern Virginia had been experiencing unseasonably warm weather with a few dips in temperature. This morning it looks as if winter has arrived.

Photo Essay: School project gingerbread display at Mount Vernon Special

Mount Vernon - 'Tis the season where communities are displaying all sorts of festive cheer. One Virginia-based elementary after-school club built several wonderful gingerbread houses which are currently on display at the Mount Vernon Estate's Education Center.

Photo Essay: Frost and winds but no snow in Northern Virginia Special

Fairfax - Temperatures are dropping in Virginia, but there is no snow in the Northern section of the state and none is expected until after Christmas.

Photo Essay: Historic Leesburg, Va. shows off its festive spirit Special

Leesburg - Leesburg, Virginia is all dressed up for the holidays, showing off its festive spirit. As Christmas approaches, the shop windows are all decorated in the town's historic district and seasonal events have been taking place.

Photo essay: Step back in time at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Special

Alexandria - The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is a historical business in Alexandria, Va. There are many terrific tours to take in the Old Town section of the city, and the apothecary is a great option.

Photo essay: Loudoun County holiday display controversy ongoing Special

Leesburg - Controversy in Loudoun County over holiday displays on courthouse grounds continues. Over the past three years, the debate had been ongoing.
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Shoppers come to Old Town Alexandria s Market Square on a Saturday morning. The farmers  market has ...
Shoppers come to Old Town Alexandria's Market Square on a Saturday morning. The farmers' market has been held since 1753 and is currently open year-round.
These gingerbread houses were made by GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science)  a girls  after sch...
These gingerbread houses were made by GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science), a girls' after school club, at Fort Belvoir Elementary School. The creators of these houses are in the third and fourth grades.
Anthodites at Skyline Caverns  Front Royal  Va.
Anthodites at Skyline Caverns, Front Royal, Va.
Several beautiful butterflies can be found in the various gardens at Mount Vernon throughout much of...
Several beautiful butterflies can be found in the various gardens at Mount Vernon throughout much of the year. While exploring the large garden near the mansion, I spotted several (what I believe to be) Swallowtail butterflies during this summer visit.
Tree remnant alongside Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
Tree remnant alongside Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
This historic mill fell victim to fire in 1998  here a charred beam rests on a wheel.
This historic mill fell victim to fire in 1998, here a charred beam rests on a wheel.
Some people had arrived early and walked around the rides and concession stands  a few of which had ...
Some people had arrived early and walked around the rides and concession stands, a few of which had opened a little early.
One of the events at Mount Vernon this year is chocolate making in the 1700s. Here demonstrators sho...
One of the events at Mount Vernon this year is chocolate making in the 1700s. Here demonstrators show visitors how this treat was made in Martha Washington's time.
While trying to chase down a larger hopping critter with my lens  it burrowed itself in the grass. T...
While trying to chase down a larger hopping critter with my lens, it burrowed itself in the grass. This critter, however, was less camera shy.
Leesburg Police pulled several kids through the parade in these 55 gallon drum carts.
Leesburg Police pulled several kids through the parade in these 55 gallon drum carts.
George and Ann Mason s final resting place
George and Ann Mason's final resting place
Frosty snowflake formations on dried leaves
Frosty snowflake formations on dried leaves
Part of the play area
Part of the play area
One of the prominent formations located inside Skyline Caverns  this one is called the Eagle.
One of the prominent formations located inside Skyline Caverns, this one is called the Eagle.
This is what behind one of the shop s counters looked like from a customer s perspective in this lon...
This is what behind one of the shop's counters looked like from a customer's perspective in this long-running business.
This is the exterior of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. It was owned and operated continuo...
This is the exterior of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. It was owned and operated continuously by the same family for 141 years.
An early summer view of Carlyle House in 2009.
An early summer view of Carlyle House in 2009.
Interior of what the schoolhouse would have looked like in the 18th century. The schoolmaster slept ...
Interior of what the schoolhouse would have looked like in the 18th century. The schoolmaster slept in a loft upstairs
A group of young rugby athletes played their way through the parade.
A group of young rugby athletes played their way through the parade.
Tourniquet used on General  Stonewall  Jackson when he was wounded at Chancellorsville. Jackson was ...
Tourniquet used on General "Stonewall" Jackson when he was wounded at Chancellorsville. Jackson was accidentally shot by one of his own men.