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Hometown Stories

Mar 29, 2023

In 2020, Frederick Miller was looking to buy a place in Gretna, Virginia to host family gatherings. He settled on Sharswood, a stately home with gothic architecture and a hidden past. He discovered a beautiful property and a family mystery. In this episode of Hometown Stories, WDBJ7s Makayla Shelton explains how the...

Mar 22, 2023

Henrietta Lacks was born in Roanoke in the 1920s. Unknowingly, she would go on to change the world, thanks to her immortal cells - taken from her without her consent or knowledge. More than 70 years after her death, her hometown is recognizing her in new ways with the help of two local artists

Feb 2, 2023

In this episode of Hometown Stories, we speak with WDBJ7 reporter Janay Reece who highlights the history of slavery in Appalachia. 

Some people falsely believe it simply didn’t exist in our Blue Ridge Mountains. Now, the Glencoe Museum in Radford, Virginia is highlighting that history with a special exhibit and...

Nov 9, 2022

In a café along Main Street in Clifton Forge, Virginia the past and the present are brewing something unique for the town’s future.
Caffe’ Museo has been open just three years. But the work to bring it to life has been centuries in the making.

In this episode of Hometown Stories, we take you to the only coffee...

May 18, 2022

Bedford, Virginia is home to the National D-Day Memorial for a devastating reason. The small, tightly knit community lost more men on D-Day per capita than any other city in the United States. As part of its continuing outreach, the memorial is now offering a podcast, intended to reach people in Bedford and Beyond. In...