What is: This store has everything!  Ashtrays, fireworks, keychains, ham, bacon, sausage, peanuts.  Everything imaginable gift and trinket you can think of. It has character…and where I first discovered real (no need to refrigerate) smoked bacon slabs from RM Felds.

What was: roadside stores like this were mostly family run and prospered in the 1950s and 60s as American families (baby boomer children) took to the road for vacations or trips to the local beach. When young American men came back from the war, it was a prosperous time, automobiles affordable and production expanding. It was a time for family road trips to experience America. Before the days of chain restaurants and stores, the character of regional foods and activities permeated through the road side stores. The road trip was as much a part of the vacation and experience as the destination was.

What is: World War II Protection as you are taking a walk in a wildlife preserve on the Eastern shore of Virginia — a haven for millions of songbirds, monarch butterflies and thousands of raptors with views of the Chesapeake Bay.

What was: a strategic location at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay that during World War II included large bunkers that housed 16-inch guns designed to protect naval bases and shipyards in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.