I’m looking to reformat the way F Yeah Virginia looks. Right now we’re just running the Atlantic theme, which is nice, but doesn’t really have anything to do with Virginia. Does anyone know of a good theme that we could use by default? Or would anyone be willing to design one for us?
You know what they say: Virginia is for bloggers.Everyone’s favorite (re)blogging platform, Tumblr, is getting ready for a little Southern expansion. The company, which has its headquarters in New York City, is setting up a secondary shop in Richmond, Virginia.
“Why Richmond?” you might ask. As fate would have it, the company’s mobile app developers and community support team are already located in the area, so adding a Richmond office wasn’t such a stretch.
And we’re sure the startup’s recently announced $30 million round of funding didn’t hurt in making that decision, either. New funding and new office space might also mean new hires in the near future; we’ll keep an ear to the ground on that score.
Tumblr’s chosen the amusingly named Corrugated Box Building as its Virginia home. Located in the Old Manchester district, directly across the James River from downtown Richmond, the building is the type of open-floor-plan, renovated-warehouse communal environment so in vogue with startups these days. In fact, parts of the building are not unlike the buildings where Twitter and other San Francisco-based startups are now operating.
New York staffers, including company president John Maloney, will in in Richmond to help christen the new facilities with a Tumblr meetup and press event on Thursday, January 13.
This year for Christmas my fiancée gave me one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever received - and since it’s Virginia related I thought I would share it with everyone.
It was the last present I opened Christmas morning, and honestly I thought it was a stack of records. But that didn’t make sense to me, since my record player isn’t even hooked up at the moment and I’ve never mentioned wanting records. As I tore open the wrapping paper like an 8 year old kid, I found a scrap book.
On the cover was an outline of Virginia, and a stick figure drawing of my fiancée and I. The text on the cover read “John and Kathryn take Virginia!” As I open the book I read the intro, which tells me that the book contains places in Virginia that we are to visit over the next year. These are places that either we both have never been to or we’ve never been to together. Also included are pages to fill with pictures of our adventure. These are the places that are included in the book:
Poplar Forest was Thomas Jefferson’s retreat. He would go there to get away from his social duties at Monticello. Poplar Forest was also the first octagonal home in Virginia. My fiancée knows that TJ is somewhat of a hero to me, and I’ve never been to Poplar Forest before, so this was a great inclusion to the places to visit.
Mt Vernon was the home of George Washington. It is located on the Potomac River near Alexandria, Virginia. I haven’t been here since I was in high school, so it’ll be great to go again. I think we’ll also make a trip over to the Arlington National Cemetery while we’re in the area.
Montpelier was the home of James Madison. I’ve never actually been here before, but I’m looking forward to it!
Another place I haven’t been. The Natural Bridge was formed when Cedar Creek (a branch of the James River) gorged a hole in limestone. It’s now a 215 foot arch, and is a national historic landmark.
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park is HUGE, and actually covers much of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Total area of the park is close to 80,000 acres, so the chances of seeing the whole thing is pretty small. I think the plan will be to drive the complete Skyline Drive, with possibly a picnic along the way.
The Luray Caverns are located in Luray, Virginia. I’ve visited the area before, but have never actually been inside the caverns. They were discovered in 1878. They’re probably most famous for the Great Stalacpipe Organ (which is an organ that makes sound from tapping on the stalactites!).
Growing up in Hampton Roads, I’ve been to Colonial Williamsburg many times. But again, it’s been quite a while (probably since high school) since I’ve visited. I think I’ll be saving this trip for the holiday season next year, as Williamsburg gets very festive for Christmas.
This was the only spot in Virginia that I had never heard of, and it surprised me even more to find out it’s right in my back yard! The American Rover is a sailing cruise ship out of Norfolk, Virginia. They have multiple tours a day during their season, including a sunset tour (awesome) and a moonlight adults only tour!
There are also some blank pages, and I think I’ll be adding to the list. Possible destinations:
The Tides Inn
Most of these we won’t be able to tackle until the late spring/early summer. But as soon as we do, look for many pictures to appear on this blog!
Anyone else get anything Virginia themed this (last) year?