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  1. Dec 2017
    1. tavern in Rockfish gap on the blue ridge

      I was wondering if this tavern still existed. I did some research and it appears to have been the Mountain Top Tavern in Rockfish Gap, Virginia. Unfortunately, it also appears to have burned down in 1902.


  2. Nov 2017
    1. The 1st. duty enjoined on them was to enquire & report a site in some convenient & proper part of the state for an University, to be called the “University of Virginia.


      Names are very important to the identity of an institution. I often wonder about the context as to how and why certain things are named what they are named. From the posted link above, we know that Virginia was named after the virgin queen, Queen Elizabeth I. In 1818, were they aware of that? Or, perhaps, they simply named it the "University of Virginia" because it was located in Virginia, forgetting the origin of "Virginia" itself? When one mentioned UVA in 1818, did it conjure up an image of its patron, the queen, or did it conjure up an image of the land that was named after the queen?


  3. Oct 2017
    1. Antient

      This is a new word for me, or perhaps "old." My first thought was that it was a misspelling of the word "ancient," but after looking it up, it was apparently the original (now obsolete) was of spelling the word "ancient." I'm curious as to how and why this changed, as well as how the original pronunciation changed (or didn't).

      • David Zhang (dz3cz)
    2. Th: Jefferson

      I was curious as to why certain initials have colons, while others opt for periods, and even others opt for neither. There are no repetitions in names, so I don't see why there isn't a standard. Perhaps it has something to do with ranking? Although there is no evidence to suggest so. Google did not help in answering this question.

      • David Zhang (dz3cz)