The Making of a Spy

I began my search for Virginia Hall four years ago.  Since then, I scoured the US and British archives; recorded hours of interviews with the only person who remembered Virginia–her niece; reviewed WWII literature for reflections of Virginia, and even spoke with...

The Day Everything Changed

Growing up, Virginia Hall led a charmed life.  She spent summers in Europe and on the family’s 110-acre Box Horn farm on the outskirts of Baltimore.  She went to the exclusive Roland Park Country School for Girls, then Radcliffe and Barnard.  After graduating...

Sabotage Behind the Lines in WWII France

One of Virginia Hall’s responsibilities was to organize the French to resist German occupation. Sabotage was a key element of resistance but it didn’t always take the form of “James Bond-style” explosions or large-scale destruction of enemy...

Virginia Hall’s Childhood Home: Box Horn Farm

To escape the summer heat of Baltimore, Virginia’s parents, Ned and Barbara, purchased a home on 110 acres in Parkton, Maryland.  Box Horn Farm had electricity and water but no central heat.  After Ned’s tragic death in 1930, the family moved to the farm...

Staying in the Shadows

Virginia Hall received the Distinguished Service Cross from OSS Chief William (“Wild Bill”) Donovan during a private ceremony in September 1945.  Originally, Donovan wanted President Truman to present the award but Virginia feared the ceremony would make...