Virginia History Podcast

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.

All Episodes

In which the Custis influence from the time of John Custis IV to George Washington Parke Custis is discussed.

Nov 24

1 hr 15 min

In which the Custis family foundations up to John Custis IV of Williamsburg are discussed.

Nov 24

49 min 1 sec

In which Evelyn Byrd's life is summarily illustrated, and stories about her ghost are told.

Oct 24

12 min 13 sec

In which Dr. Mary Grabar discusses her new book Debunking the 1619 Project.

Sep 28

1 hr 13 min

In which Dr. Phillip Magness explains much of the criticism levied at The New York Times' 1619 Project.

Aug 28

1 hr 24 min

In which the Grymes Family of Virginia's history and genealogy is outlined.

Jun 29

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.

May 30

50 min 41 sec

In which the Ludwell family and their impact upon Virginia is discussed.

Apr 30

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.

Mar 28

1 hr 1 min

In which Museum Director Bethany Sullivan highlights the James Madison Museum of Orange County, Virginia.

Feb 27

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.

Jan 28

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.

Dec 2020

47 min 18 sec

In which the Randolph's Virginia beginnings are detailed, and some of their fascinating later generations are highlighted.

Nov 2020

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.

Oct 2020

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.

Sep 2020

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.

Aug 2020

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.

Jul 2020

57 min 58 sec

In which historian Brent Tarter and I discuss the 18th Century and events leading up to the Civil War.

Jun 2020

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.

May 2020

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.

May 2020

46 min 58 sec

In which the Page family's 17th Century rise, 18th Century zenith, and 19th Century demise are recounted.

Apr 2020

44 min 15 sec

In which the Burwell Family foundation and rise to prominence is recounted.

Mar 2020

37 min 51 sec

In which the Harrison Family's founding as well as their influence on Virginia and the United States is illustrated.

Feb 2020

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.

Jan 2020

28 min 43 sec

In which a series outlining Virginia's "First Families" is begun by introducing the Bolling Family Line.

Dec 2019

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.

Nov 2019

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.

Oct 2019

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.

Oct 2019

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.

Sep 2019

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.

Aug 2019

32 min 8 sec

In which Dr. Warren Billings and I talk about Sir William Berkeley's importance on 17th Century Virginia's development.

Aug 2019

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.

Jul 2019

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.

Jul 2019

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.

Jun 2019

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.

Jun 2019

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.

May 2019

23 min 4 sec

In which Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Historian Nancy Egloff and I discuss Tenacity an exhibition covering 17th Century Virginia Women.

May 2019

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.

Apr 2019

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.

Apr 2019

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."

Apr 2019

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.

Mar 2019

44 min 34 sec

In which issues surrounding the English Civil War begin affecting Governor Berkeley's Virginia.

Feb 2019

23 min 28 sec

In which Governor Berkeley's arrival and first obstacles are recounted.

Jan 2019

19 min 55 sec

In which Sir William Berkeley's early life and rise to power are detailed.

Dec 2018

19 min 44 sec

In which I interview Graham Woodlief concerning the upcoming 400th Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving in Virginia.

Nov 2018

22 min 43 sec

In which I interview Fort Monroe's superintendent Terry Brown.

Nov 2018

35 min 18 sec

In which I interview the Shades of Our Past re-enactors about Grace Sherwood - The Witch of Pungo.

Oct 2018

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.

Sep 2018

21 min 34 sec

In which Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation's Nancy Egloff and I discuss the foundation of Virginia's House of Burgesses.

Aug 2018

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.

Jul 2018

32 min 21 sec