These photos of Winchester, Virginia and nearby West Virginia were taken by New York photographer, Sean Gallagher. Most of my essays and stories are set and rooted in this old Virginia town and its surrounding area in the historic Shenandoah Valley. My original ancestor came here with the English General Braddock’s army in the 1740s. We’ve been here ever since, and seem to have chiefly occupied our time geting fatter and more religious. Whatever the case, this is my home. Home to everything thoughtless and dangerous about America these days, home to most of the people I have loved and certainly home to all my ghosts.