Thea Marshall explores love, marriage, wealth and power back in the early days of the Northern Neck's gentry when marrying for love was a luxury that only the poor could afford.
Thea Marshall is the author of “Neck Tales: Stories from Virginia's Northern Neck,” published in June, 2009. Along with her professional writing assignments, she is a broadcaster, actor, and producer, with life long experience in all forms of communication – from print to theater to radio and television. She writes and broadcasts original commentaries on and about the people, places, history, culture and current issues relating to the Northern Neck for WCVE Public Radio (heard on both WCVE in Richmond and WCNV for the Northern Neck).
Articles by Thea Marshall
Thea Marshall notes that the search for one's roots sometimes leads to dissappointment and suggests that it might not be a terrible thing.
Thea Marshall explores the Influence Thesis, which suggests that the authors of our constitution were greatly influenced by the way the Iroqois Confederacy governed itself.
Thea Marshall resurrects a story about Robert E. Lee's mother, who may have been buried alive -- or not!
Commentator Thea Marshall celebrates the 252nd birthday of Northern Neck native son, James Monroe. Monroe, the last of our early presidents to have been born in Virginia, was both popular and underrated, and his two terms have become known for idealism and integrty.
Commentator Thea Marshall has explored the oldest church on the Northern Neck. In this Neck Tale, Thea talks about one of the Neck’s newest, the lighthouse-inspired home of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock. It’s the only home for UU’s in all of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Commentator Thea Marshall has given herself a Valentines present, "The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers," by Thomas Fleming, a noted historian and novelist. He writes about the lives, the wives, and yes perhaps the lovers of Washington, Franklin, Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison.
As bills for last months gifts come rolling in, Commentator Thea Marshall looks back at Christmas past, and Christmas bills present...and longs for the good old days of "Barter"....and the time in our Colonial past, when holiday gift giving was a time of small gifts of sweets and such to one's children ...one's servants...but never to one's equals...
Commentator Thea Marshall looks at the all-American tendency to “take a chance,” to take a risk, to gamble. Historian and author David G. Schwartz wrote that gambling is as American as apple pie and much older than the Mayflower. It is something deep in the nation’s bones and reflected not only in games of chance but in the stock market and entrepreneurship. There is, he writes, a straight line—a legacy—from the early settlers and the plantation grandees to today’s visitors to the Las Vegas Strip. None of these people mind taking a chance.
Commentator Thea Marshall catches up with an early Northern Neck adventurer, the first of the Neck's fleet of Fleetes, Henry Fleete.