VA News Reader

April 21, 2023

historic home in front of a pond
Courtesy of Tranzon Fox

Auction of historic King and Queen estate to benefit shelter animals

By Evelyn Davidson for The Virginia Gazette

A 200-year-old estate on the Mattaponi River in King and Queen County will be auctioned next week, with proceeds going to help the Richmond SPCA. Holly Hill, which sits on 400 acres of land in the community of St. Stephens Church, includes horse stables, two ponds, recreational land, several outbuildings and formal gardens. The estate has been on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Historic Landmarks register since 1973.

Read the full article at The Virginia Gazette.

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Henrico High School mock trial team wins state title

By Henrico Citizen Staff

A team of students from Henrico High School won the Virginia and Washington, D.C. High School Mock Trial Competition, held at the Henrico County courthouse March 18 and 19, and next will compete at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Little Rock, Arkansas in mid-May.

Read the full article at Henrico Citizen.

an old photo of a girls basketball team

Even before Title IX, women’s sports in Rappahannock were treated equal, old-timers say

By Julia Shanahan for Rappahannock News

The Rappahannock County High School girls varsity basketball team won their first state title this month, and Athletic Director Courtney Atkins said the victory was thanks to a culmination of decades worth of Title IX enforcement.

Title IX was signed into federal law a little more than 50 years ago — part of the 14th Amendment, this law “prohibits institutions that receive federal funding from excluding students from participating in educational and athletic programs on the basis of sex.” This requires public schools to distribute resources fairly among both boys and girls athletics, such as budgeting, uniforms and practice space, among others.

Read the full article at Rappahannock News.

painting of a buffet table filled with food
Reunion Table” by Eldridge Bagley is in a collection at the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta Georgia.

Inspired by Grandma Moses, Lunenburg County tobacco farmer becomes an artist

By Lindley Estes for Cardinal News

For 50 years, Eldridge Bagley has chronicled the lives and the rapidly dissipating rural lifestyle of Southside Virginia in a style all his own.

His canvases — colorful, layered and real to life — are instantly recognizable to his legions of devotees who appreciate his ability to capture a unique Southern way of life without being given over to the rose tint of nostalgia.

Read the full article at Cardinal News.

a photo of a historic home being built
Courtesy of the Cook Collection, The Valentine

The Dream and the Reality: Richmond had its own Forbes, who made his mark on Monument Avenue

By Harry Kollatz Jr. for Richmond magazine

Whitmell Stallings Forbes collected businesses like charms on a bracelet.

His interests included the fertilizer firm Richmond Guano Co., part ownership of the Richmond and Henrico Railway Co., And directorship on the board of the Virginia Trust Co. He served as vice president of the Atlantic Varnish Works and as an executive with the Virginia Baking Co. and the E.M. Todd meatpacking concern, which for several years operated as the W.S. Forbes Co.

Read the full article at Richmond magazine.

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