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LLI: Wacky and Weird: Virginia's Unique Places

Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
When/WhereWednesday, Oct 09, 2019 10:00amHylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater, Science and Technology

10:00 a.m. refreshments; 10:30 a.m.-noon speaker
Speaker: Charlie Grymes

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit:

It’s entertaining to rummage through the attic and the basement. There are treasures hiding in plain sight and tucked away in trunks. You may already know that Colonial Williamsburg rebuilt the wrong Capitol building (oops...) and a train is buried inside Richmond’s Church Hill, but did you know that Luray Caverns was stolen, the U.S. Army built Virginia’s first nuclear reactor at Fort Belvoir, Natural Bridge has committed manslaughter, and a giant cave at Lake Accotink stores propane? That Fairfax County and Chincoteague were proposed to be included in West Virginia? Great Falls will disappear? Competition for trade was so fierce that Petersburg had a gang literally tear up the railroad to Portsmouth? Come take a tour of the weird, wacky, and oddball facets of Virginia, and take home some entertaining tales to share with family and friends who come to visit.

Charlie Grymes teaches Virginia geography at George Mason University and is the author of the Virginia Places website ( He spent over 30 years with the Department of the Interior, working as park ranger, scenic easement administrator, budget analyst, information technology manager, manager of Internet- based outreach, and project leader for an electronic government project. Charlie has presented several classes for LLI-Manassas.

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