Robert Van Ness
The Virginia History Podcast shares the Old Dominion's story in a chronological manner from the Colonial to Modern era with the occasional interview in the mix.
In which the Custis influence from the time of John Custis IV to George Washington Parke Custis is discussed.
1 hr 15 min
In which the Custis family foundations up to John Custis IV of Williamsburg are discussed.
49 min 1 sec
In which Evelyn Byrd's life is summarily illustrated, and stories about her ghost are told.
12 min 13 sec
In which Dr. Mary Grabar discusses her new book Debunking the 1619 Project.
1 hr 13 min
In which Dr. Phillip Magness explains much of the criticism levied at The New York Times' 1619 Project.
1 hr 24 min
In which the Grymes Family of Virginia's history and genealogy is outlined.
36 min 16 sec
In which the Lafayette Trail's Julien Icher discusses Lafayette's 1824 tour of the United States, and his work to highlight that famous visit.
50 min 41 sec
In which the Ludwell family and their impact upon Virginia is discussed.
33 min 39 sec
In which the Fitzhugh story, dating back to 13th Century England, is illustrated from those humble beginnings to William "The Immigrant", his Virginia progeny, and beyond.
1 hr 1 min
In which Museum Director Bethany Sullivan highlights the James Madison Museum of Orange County, Virginia.
44 min 6 sec
In which the Taliaferro family's immigration to Virginia, as well as their spread throughout Virginia and the United States touching many lives along the way is outlined.
29 min 56 sec
In which Dr. Mallios discusses how gift giving played a pivotal part in Ajcan's downfall, as well as gift giving's influence at the later Roanoke and Jamestown colonies.
47 min 18 sec
In which the Randolph's Virginia beginnings are detailed, and some of their fascinating later generations are highlighted.
1 hr 11 min
In which Tuckahoe's Jessica Stith tells some of Tuckahoe Plantation's haunted history such as the famous Gray Lady Ghost and other spooky happenings.
32 min 1 sec
In which historian Scott Dawson tells the "Lost Colony" story based upon primary sources and archaeological evidence found on Hatteras Island, NC.
1 hr 9 min
In which a young Henry Corbin emigrates to Virginia and builds a strong family that profoundly touches Virginia's story is recounted.
43 min 38 sec
In which Brent Tarter and I discuss the shaping of Modern Virginia as she emerged from the Civil War and into the 20th and 21st Centuries.
57 min 58 sec
In which historian Brent Tarter and I discuss the 18th Century and events leading up to the Civil War.
1 hr 9 min
In which I interview historian Brent Tarter for the first of three episodes in advance of his upcoming book Virginians and Their Histories.
41 min 10 sec
In which historian Tony Williams and I discuss his book The Pox and the Covenant to learn about how Bostonians handled the serious 1721 Smallpox epidemic in comparison to today's current virus pandemic.
46 min 58 sec
In which the Page family's 17th Century rise, 18th Century zenith, and 19th Century demise are recounted.
44 min 15 sec
In which the Burwell Family foundation and rise to prominence is recounted.
37 min 51 sec
In which the Harrison Family's founding as well as their influence on Virginia and the United States is illustrated.
41 min 39 sec
In which Lee family patriarch Richard I and wife Anne Constable's lives as well as the lives of many of their descendants are briefly illustrated.
28 min 43 sec
In which a series outlining Virginia's "First Families" is begun by introducing the Bolling Family Line.
15 min 2 sec
In which I had the pleasure of interviewing Cherles Berkeley, 27th generation owner of Berkeley Castle, and we discuss the Gloucestershire influence upon Berkeley Plantation and Virginia's history.
17 min 59 sec
In which a few haunted tales from Virginia Beach's Thoroughgood House are retold from L.B. Taylor's The Ghosts of Tidewater.
9 min 46 sec
In which Governor Berkeley challenges the Navigation Acts before The Council for Foreign Plantations and King Charles II's Privy Council, while the Virginia settler landscape evolves.
30 min 14 sec
In which Thomas Mathews - portrayed by Historic Jamestowne's Willie Balderson - recalls the terrible events and aftermath of Bacon's Rebellion.
55 min 20 sec
In which Sir William Berkeley and King Charles II return to power and begin organizing their lands under the renewed Stuart cause once again.
32 min 8 sec
In which Dr. Warren Billings and I talk about Sir William Berkeley's importance on 17th Century Virginia's development.
35 min 19 sec
In which fallout from the English Civil War is felt in Virginia and Maryland as both colonies endure changes under the English Protectorate.
30 min 17 sec
In which I interview Dr. Ashley Spivey concerning Native Virginian history, culture, influence, as well as past, present, and future Native concerns.
1 hr 6 min
In which events surrounding the English Civil War, Virginia religious freedom, and free trade are used by the Matthews-Claiborne faction to remove Governor Berkeley from office are detailed.
21 min 17 sec
In which author, genealogist, and historian K.I. Knight discusses how the First Africans arrived in Virginia, what happened to them after 1619, and how slavery evolved during 17th Century Virginia.
47 min 58 sec
In which continued English expansion beyond the James River brought the English into conflict with the Powhatan Tribes and to an extent themselves.
23 min 4 sec
In which Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Historian Nancy Egloff and I discuss Tenacity an exhibition covering 17th Century Virginia Women.
39 min 28 sec
In which archaeologist Lyle Browning discusses the history of Falling Creek Ironworks, as well as the archaeological work being done at Virginia and America's first ironworks.
32 min 27 sec
In which Tony Williams and I discuss how economics impacted Virginia's development, which in turn still influences America's growth today.
45 min 11 sec
In which Historic St. Luke's John Ericson discusses how religious wars impacted 17th Century Virginia's religious thought, and how that thought influenced the way America's Founding Fathers created religious freedom. This discussion is based upon Reverend Ericson's lecture "From Religious Wars to Religious Freedom."
41 min 22 sec
In which Jon Kukla and I discuss 17th Century Virginia governmental and societal stability. This discussion is based off of Dr. Kukla's 1985 American Historical Review article "Order and Chaos in Early America: Political and Social Stability in Pre-Restoration Virginia", which challenged the then prevailing notion that 17th Century Virginia was chaotic and unstable.
44 min 34 sec
In which issues surrounding the English Civil War begin affecting Governor Berkeley's Virginia.
23 min 28 sec
In which Governor Berkeley's arrival and first obstacles are recounted.
19 min 55 sec
In which Sir William Berkeley's early life and rise to power are detailed.
19 min 44 sec
In which I interview Graham Woodlief concerning the upcoming 400th Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving in Virginia.
22 min 43 sec
In which I interview Fort Monroe's superintendent Terry Brown.
35 min 18 sec
In which I interview the Shades of Our Past re-enactors about Grace Sherwood - The Witch of Pungo.
28 min 56 sec
In which the influence of Samuel Mathews, Sr. and William Claiborne is detailed more closely. Special attention is given to showing how their influence paved the way for Sir William Berkeley's timely arrival.
21 min 34 sec
In which Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation's Nancy Egloff and I discuss the foundation of Virginia's House of Burgesses.
32 min 19 sec
In which Sir John Harvey becomes Virginia's Governor, fights with his Council, especially the Mathews-Claiborne faction, and loses his wealth and position is recounted.
32 min 21 sec