Newspapers make headlines in Virginia
As settlements grew from haphazard collections of a few cabins to more permanent communities, the yearning for information led to the establishment of newspapers.
In Virginia, it was Henry Hall, a son of town founder Henry H. Hall, who opened The Observer with the first issue on April 12, 1848. It moved to Naples in the autumn of 1849 under new ownership.
However, Virginia was not left without a paper. The Owl, a so-called “society” paper, was published during the winter of 1849. Its editor preferred scandalmongering to real news. Sounds interesting!