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The “Venturesome” Virginia Frontiersman – Part 1

As the 45-year-old frontiersman began his careful descent along the steep western slope of the long flat mountain he had climbed earlier that morning, he could faintly make out rays of daylight ahead, a sure sign of a clearing in the forest, as dark forest turned to bright meadows in the foothills below. Being a veteran longhunter, Joseph Swope immediately recognized the old clearings ahead….

The Search for Renick’s Fort, and the life of an “Indian Spy”

Renick’s Fort was a small frontier “Indian Spy” style fort, in the chain of Greenbrier Valley Virginia frontier forts, during the 1770’s. As is usually the case, there’s nothing left of it, and we actually don’t even know where it stood, despite the fact that records give us the exact location – at least down …

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The Scopes Trial, Leopold and Loeb, Darrow, and William Jennings Bryan

Being a trial lawyer with the last name of Bryan, I’ve always been interested in what many people consider to be the most famous and high-profile trial in American History, the Scopes Trial, or the Scopes “Monkey Trial.” Long before O.J. Simpson even thought of choosing the color of his new Ford Bronco, the country …

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A “new” antique knife find – a frontier blade with antler grip

Check out this “new” find we got today – a super old blacksmith forged knife, made from a file, with an antler grip. This knife was owned by Giles Cromwell for many years, and it was originally in the Jim Dressler collection. It’s a great example of a frontier knife. If this one could only …

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