History takes center stage in the April 2015 issue of Virginia Living. We sit down with the 85-year-old bluegrass mandolin pioneer Jesse McReynolds to discuss the pain of loss, the joys of playing, and his 65 years onstage--first with Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys, and now as a solo act. We visit Rokeby, a historic estate in Leesburg that once sheltered the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution the only private residence to ever do so--and we see past and future converge in Lexington, where iconic sites like the Stonewall Jackson house stand shoulder-to-shoulder with thoroughly modern breweries, coffee roasters and renovated hotels. Also in this issue, we pay homage to fromage by offering recipes for cooking with artisanal cheeses and explaining how to build the perfect cheese course; take a luxe safari to Tanzania; learn about the making of garden masterpiece Waterperry Farm in Free Union; meet talented luxury home furnishings designer Dana Gibson; remember Robert E. Lee s final words to the Army of Northern Virginia: preview Sesquicentennial capstone events taking place in and around Appomattox National Historic Park this April, and much more! Plus, our annual special Health & Wellness bound-in supplement, including Best Doctors, a list of the best healthcare professionals in the Commonwealth, and top trends for eating, feeling and living better.