About Logan


Through my journalism, I try to satisfy my curiosity about the world. I have tracked mountain gorillas in Uganda for National Geographic Adventure, crossed the Bolivian salt flats for the New York Times, dived a 55-foot-deep shipwreck without scuba tanks for a piece exploring the physiology of freediving for Popular Science and reported on potty-mouthed 4-year-olds (in the wilds of my own backyard) for Parents. I’ve also written feature stories for The Atlantic, Men’s Journal, Garden & Gun, Preservation and many other magazines. I’m a longtime contributor to Popular Mechanics and was a 2008 National Magazine Award finalist for a piece I published in PM called “Facing Down Disaster.”

In 2000, my family and I moved from New York City to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to recreate the life of 19th-century subsistence farmers, the subject of my book, See You in a Hundred Years. After more than a decade in the Valley, we now live in Fairfax, Virginia, where I’m hard at work on my next book, the true story of an American who built a flying car to help the Amazonian Indians who killed his father.

3 responses to “About Logan

  1. Logan, I live in Tysons Corner and work in Fairfax. Drop me a line if you’d like to connect. Reid Saunders (Vandy ’87).

  2. V Yarbrough

    I loved your article on building a tree house for your children…very cool.

  3. Clarence E Martin III

    Dear Mr Ward
    I read with interest and enjoyment your article in the most recent Washingtonian relating to the Shenandoah Valley There is one mistake which I would like to bring to your attention. Martinsburg, not Winchester, is the gateway to the Valley. It is unfortunately a common mistake.
    Martinsburg like Winchester changed hands many times during the Civil War, between 50 and 100 depending on whose count you believe. What it does have is tremendous history as the rest of the Valley. The region of Martinsburg to Winchester at one time produced most of the apples grown in the US. In fact, the fruit exchange building in Martinsburg where most were shipped out by rail sits on the main line of CSX. Across the tracks is the sole surviving B&O roundhouse from 1866, along with two other historic railroad buildings. These were built in 1866 after the Civil War because the prior buildings were destroyed in a raid by Stonewall Jackson. The roundhouse is the last surviving cast iron framed roundhouse in the world and also one of the first pre-fabricated buildings. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and also the National Engineering list of historic places.
    There are numerous other interesting historic places in and around Martinsburg. I invite you to visit sometime. My wife and I are natives and divide our time between a 245 year old home there and Georgetown in DC.
    One last historical item, the two eastern most counties in WV, Berkeley and Jefferson were added to the State by referendum. The Federal government wanted the B&O in a state that was loyal to the Union and the railroad left MD at Harpers Ferry and went westward through the two counties until going north back into MD. Union troops were stationed at the polls to control who voted so the result was a foregone conclusion. After the War, VA sued to get the counties back but the US Supreme Court upheld the election.
    I hope that I have whetted your appetite to learn more and visit.
    I can be reached at
    Email: cemartin1946@gmail.com
    Mobile: 304 410 7423
    Yours truly
    Clarence E Martin III

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