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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - March 2015


In this issue

Garden Week in Full Bloom

also: life happens, only in keswick, overheard, what’s cooking, travel journal and much more



OLD HALL - c. 1830

Protected elevated setting with incredible views on 60.87 acres.The clapboard home with heavy shake roof, is modern and spacious and has been meticulously maintained. It is ideal for year round living or family retreats with ample space for entertaining. There is a historic log cabin and guest cottage. The land is mostly wooded with abundant wildlife.

A solid brick home overlooking Harrison St. in Scottsville that has been restored and meticulously maintained. Formerly the James W. Mason House, the home is considered to be early Greek Revival, but shows Federal elements. High ceilings, impressive grand mantels, beautiful woodwork and authentic heart pine flooring. On the National Historic Register and the Virginia Landmarks Register.



255 acre plantation in the Green Springs Historic District with Clapboard manor home, with full complement of dependencies. The farm land is mostly open and includes a stable complex, and other farm buildings. Pond, creek and lovely views only 20 minutes east of Charlottesville. Price significantly reduced.

Overlooking the James River with views to Jamestown Island, this historic home is privately situated and has been lovingly restored by the current owners. Approximately 69 acres with colonial terraced gardens that lead down to the water. There is a 2 car detached garage & several original dependencies, as well as an inground pool.

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(just east of entrance to Glenmore)

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Keswick, Va

Ruckersville, Va


Route 250 East

8287 Seminole Trail

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8287 Seminole Trail

Route 250 East

Ruckersville, Va

Keswick, Va

(next to Blue Ridge Cafe)

(just east of entrance to Glenmore)

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Green Mountain Road • $1,195,000

2035 Hessian Road • $849,000

Fronting a lovely country lane and adjacent to historic estates including Enniscorthy, Coleswood and Nydrie Stud. After passing through large hardwoods, boxwoods and brick walls, the approach breaks out onto a rolling meadow studded with and bordered by specimen trees. TOTAL privacy and yet expansive rural views. Originally part of Nydrie Stud, the acreage includes a handsome center aisle barn and pond in the lower meadow. About 50% open. Additional acreage available. 15 minutess to town. MLS# 527710

It is time to re-think this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath offering on one of the city’s most desirable streets. The price has been reduced $100,000 and the interiors freshened with new floors, fresh paint and new light fixtures added to already renovated kitchen and bathrooms. First floor and 2nd floor masters, graciously proportioned foyer, dining and living rooms as well as library, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout most of the 1st floor, plenty of private, level lawn. An excellent value in the Venable School District! 401 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

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It’s Springtime at Morven, featured during this year’s Virginia Historic Garden Week festivities. Visitors will not have to venture far from Charlottesville city limits to encounter the unique properties on this year’s Albemarle-Charlottesville tour. There is something to please everyone, from historic estates to restored Gillette gardens to prized modern landscape architecture. Check out of preview of some local spots on this year’s tour!

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Mary Morony’s column this month deal with the fact that there is a sorrowful dearth in common sense. The lack of it gets bandied around a lot these days, especially when things go awry and most especially in politics where things are in a never-ending state of chaotic flux. Common sense while common, in that we all have it, or most of us do, it is not the same for any one of us. Join Mary’s in the journey!



Tony Vanderwarker reminds us if you are a teenager, you have pimples and if you live on a farm, you have potholes. Those random holes in your driveway that, like turbulence on an airplane, won’t kill you but make for a nasty ride and when you have a mile long driveway, you find yourself in a duel, dodging the damn things as best as you can but knowing that your wheels are going to crash into some of them!

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Schmidt shares an incredible journey that he planned for over a year in advance - Antarctica! It’s a two day trip just to get there; once in Punta Arenas, Chile it is up to the pilot to decide if it is safe to fly down to Antarctica due to the unpredictable weather conditions. Less than 1,500 people a year get the opportunity - adventure travelers take caution, you may have a new destination to book!



All of the farms in the Green Springs Historic District are privately owned except for Bracketts Farm. It is a working 515 acre farm with a 22 acre lake owned and operated today by the Elisabeth Aiken Nolting Foundation and is classified as a 501C3 or non-profit. Elizabeth Blye Delaney takes us on an historical journey with all the dates, folklore and magic that is Bracketts.

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MARCH 2015

OVERHEARD Here and there... in Keswick by the Numbers

1 - Golf Course in Keswick 1 - Vineyard in Keswick 5 - Churches in Keswick 48 - Houses in Keswick Estate 649 - Mailboxes in Keswick Post Office On and Off The Market Lafayette, the Georgian 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath 2001 home with over 7,300 sq ft and on 92 acres at 533 Clarks Tract is back on the market at $2,950,000 5992 Turkey Sag Rd is under contract. It is a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath ranch home on 21+ acres and was on the market at $750,000 Ashanti, up on Gordonsville Road, the 395 acre equestrian facility with indoor and outdoor arenas, stables with 26 stalls, a managers home and a pool drops in price by $1.5 million to $9,495,000 Just across the street 6736 Gordonsville Rd is back on the market from last year at $789,000. It is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath brick home with over 4,300 sq ft and sitting on 27 wooded acres backing up to the South West mountains In Glenmore 3584 Carroll Creek Road is a presale 4,000 sf brick Colonial, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home that closed at $525,930; 3359 Kirkwood Court, a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom remodeled cottage has been reduced by $50,000 to $529,900, 1313 Kilchattan Lane, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath one level home is down by $15,000 to $560,000 and 3535 Devon Pines is a new listing with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths at $695,000 3 Beaverdam Court, in Hidden Hills, a 20+ acre parcel in an equestrian community finally reduced to $128,000 is under contract after 720+ days A 21 acre parcel on Fox Hunt Drive in Keswick Farms with mountain views is just on the market for $385,000, 152 Deer View Rd in Keswick Glen just sold for $385,00 and is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home on 1.5 acres, 972 Richmond Rd, the distress sale 3 bedroom, 1 bath brick rancher on an acre that was reduced to $164,900 is now under contract


On behalf of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Business Women’s Round Table (BWRT),

Jeanne McCusker was awarded the 2015 Quadruplicity Conference Award, “Q Award”, which honors the accomplishments and contributions of women in the chamber, recognizing her as the Chamber’s annual Businesswoman of the year. Jeanne exemplifies leadership, success, community service, and has demonstrated support for the women of this great community.

Unveiled Keswickian

Ralph Morony, owner of Instant Shade, a tree spading and landscaping company, made the cover of the 2015 Guide to Virginia Growers. The cover shot was taken while placing a tree into a garden in the Keswick Estate last October. The clients loved the big white oak tree at the edge of the woods and bought the house in the Keswick Estate just of it. A pavilion was added for another outdoor room from which to view it. But, poor soils, browsing deer and a static design kept the big oak separated, within a sea of mulch, thus preventing it from being truly related to the house in a way that pulled the clients out off the terrace and into the landscape. Meanwhile, the typical spec house foundation plantings had overgrown their space or failed due to deer browse. Instant Shade had the tree spade and skill to move overgrown nonnative foundation trees to more logical spaces and to bring in native magnolia virginiana (sweet bay), sourwood, and a big red maple. Invasive non-native grasses were removed by Instant Shade as well. TechniRain LLC adapted their irrigation installation to the new plantings. Gentle Gardener Green Design provided layout on site and project coordination.

Moving On

Tommy and Kathy Serio and Summerfield are pleased to announce the purchase of their new training facility in the Southern Pines area, after nearly 25 years based in Keswick, Virginia. Tommy has nearly 5 decades in the hunter and jumper working for Cismont Manor, riding and training horses for Mr and Mrs Kenneth Wheeler, before beginning his own stable at Summerfield based at the Harmon’ Springdale Farm in Keswick, Virginia.


Stellar Wind, bred by Peggy Augustus’ Keswick Stables swooped in from the East Coast to claim the $100,000 Santa Ysabel (gr. III) Feb. 28 in her stakes debut at Santa Anita Park . Last seen breaking her maiden going a mile at Laurel Park in December, the 3-year-old filly by Curlin earned her first victory for new owner, Hronis Racing, and trainer, John Sadler, in the 1 1/16-mile test on a track rated fast. Stellar Wind was sold by Keswick Stables at the Saratoga Yearling Sales.


Sightings A sighting of the Keswick Hounds visiting the Stone Robinson School. James Gammell, son of Tony and Whitney Gammell and June Williams son of Smith and Ashley Williams and their classmates enjoyed a morning walking with the hounds. A sighting of empty shelves at Cismont Store and Shadwell Market. Hopefully freezing weather and bad driving conditions were the cause and all will be replenished for the upcoming warm weather of Spring! A sighting of another wreck on rt.231 that maybe a traffic circle would have prevented, pictured above.

April Fools? Cover girl Janet Pendergrast? We will have to wait and see!

Deep run Hunt was recently recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association for outstanding dedication to conservation in Virginia. Under the leadership of James E. “Red Dog” Covington, senior MFH, Deep Run has worked on easements in Fluvanna County for years. Mr. Covington personally purchased over 1,100 acres of atrisk properties and put the land in conservation easement. He has worked tirelessly with neighbors, which has resulted in 3,600 acres of additional easements Deep Run’s conservation committee works to educate its members and landowners about the importance of land and wildlife resources. The hunt has established a fund to purchase strategis parcels of land and the club will match members giving up to $50,000.





Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late!

WORKSHOP Design Forum 2015 Where: Farmington Country Club When: Wednesday, April 29th


Forum 2015 will feature Charlotte Moss. She is launching her new book “Garden Inspirations.” The event will be on Wednesday, April 29th at Farmington Country Club. In addition to the lecture there will be a shopping boutique that is open from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Coffee and afternoon refreshments will be served. Tickets are $100 each and are available for purchase on the web or you may send a check made out to Albemarle Garden Club: Design Forum and send to Brooke Spencer, 685 Ivy Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22902. No tickets will be mailed in advance of the event. All reservations will be held at the door. If you have any questions email: agc.designforum@ gmail.com

HISTORICAL HIKE Stream Sweepers 2015 Kick Off Where : The Market at Grelen When: April 25th 5:00 – 9:00 PM

A wonderful evening is planned which will

start with a cocktail reception followed by dinner. featuring local foods highlighting our area’s bounty which reaches from the Blue Ridge to the Bay -- much like the connected watersheds. Enjoy local wine, beer and ciders and the best our area’s agri-artisans have to offer. You’ll also have a chance to bid on silent auction items and participate in a live raffle. There will be a few brief informative talks about what’s happening with our rivers and the StreamSweepers program as well as live music and dancing to round out the evening. For further information (540)-672-7268

HISTORICAL FUN Mountaintop Project

RUN KESWICK RUN Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot 5K

Where: Monticello When: May 2nd - 9:30 AM

Where: Castalia Farm, Keswick When: May 30th 5pm

Please join Monticello to commemorate their progress on the Mountaintop Project, which has brought to life the stories of the people who lived and worked at Monticello. Explore new restoration work upstairs and on Mulberry Row that offers a better understanding of this historic landmark as a plantation and family home.

Run for conservation at the Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot 5K. Run or walk a 5K trail race in a beautiful estate setting in the heart of Keswick. Free Kids’ Mile and Kids’ Scramble. Enjoy Michelob Ultra beer and Barboursville Vineyards wine at the post-race “Hunt Breakfast.” Support our charity partner The Piedmont Environmental Council to win prizes from The Great Outdoors Provision Company. Tee shirts for early registrants and prizes for first through third finishers in several categories. Find us on Facebook. Registration at: https://notussports.webconnex.com/keswickhuntclubfoxtrot Contact Melissa Zeller with questions: melissa_zeller@yahoo.com

9:30-10:30 - Monticello: An American Story Patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein moderates a panel discussion about the significance of Monticello as a touchstone for understanding Thomas Jefferson, slavery and the paradox of liberty. Panelists include: Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special Correspondent, Rex M. Ellis, Associate Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning auth 10:30-2:00 pm – Mulberry Row: Meet the People, Hear Their Stories Meet the people of Mulberry Row, once the plantation’s “Main Street,” by hearing their stories in an outdoor exhibition and the new Mulberry Row App. Explore two re-constructed structures: a log cabin once occupied by members of the Hemings family, and the Storehouse for Iron, used for tin smithing and nail making. Interpretive programming will be available. 11:30-2:00 pm – The Upstairs: Preview Tours of Newly Restored Spaces Monticello, Jefferson’s three-dimensional autobiography, was also a family home. Venture up the narrow staircase to explore the family quarters, and see the newlyrestored upstairs spaces, including Martha Jefferson Randolph’s room, the Nursery, and the iconic Dome Room with its hideaway for the granddaughters. *NOTE: The free tours on May 2 have now all been reserved. Please check with the Ticket Office when you arrive on May 2 for tour availability, as some visitors may cancel their reservation. All other events are still open, and do not require a reservation. Also, FREE grounds-only passes are available 9 am – 2 pm on May 2 on check in. We look forward to seeing you up on the mountaintop soon! 10:30-12:00 pm Book Signings in the Shop at Monticello and on the West Lawn Charlotte Moss, Garden Inspirations; Libby O’Connell,The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites; Patrick O’Connell, The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession; Adam Van Doren, The House Tells the Story: Homes of the American Presidents


See You on the Bus!

Where: Virginia Historical Society, Richmond When: Thursday, April 23rd – 9 AM

Charles City County and Chester: Shirley Plantation and the Virginia Amazon Fulfillment Center ($119 per member). Travel to Virginia’s first plantation. Founded in 1613, only six years after the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Shirley Plantation was carved out of the Virginia frontier. It is the oldest family-owned business in North America. After lunch at the River’s Bend Grill, we head to the Virginia Amazon Fulfillment Center for a look at a new type of business. We will tour their 1.2 million-square-foot facility and learn what happens between clicking “buy” while shopping online with Amazon.com and receiving merchandise at your door. Can’t make it to this trip but want to know more? View a full list of membersonly bus trips offered by the VHS through July. Not a member? Join the VHS to purchase tickets for these bus trips and many other exciting members-only events. Learn more about membership :email : cbowles@vahistorical.org.


Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Downtown Orange When: Saturday, April 4th

It’s that time of year again… for the 22nd Downtown Easter Egg Hunt, always fills up Taylor Park will be held on, Saturday April 4th and save the date for The Spring Kids Festival, April 25th. For more information www. orangedowntownalliance.org

GUEST SPEAKER Selma-Montgomery March Organizer Where : Monticello When: April 13th – 10:00 AM

Meet civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis of Georgia who will be the guest speaker for Jefferson’s birthday celebration April 13th. The ceremony will be on the West Lawn at Monticello where Lewis will receive the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership. Lewis is a civil rights activist and lifelong public servant who played a key role in America’s struggle for equal rights. He chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and organized the march from Selma to Montgomery on March 7th, 1965. The event celebrating Jefferson’s 272nd birthday is free and open to the public.


MARCH 2015


Historic Virginia

Garden Week living room opens onto a formal garden replete with perennials, leading to a less formal peony garden and pergola. A beautifully sited 1850s guesthouse adjacent to the residence rambles in the landscape, illustrative of numerous additions over time. Both the main residence and guesthouse front on formal rose and perennial gardens, and nearby lies a large fenced vegetable and fruit tree garden. Jane and Bill Remington, owners.


Visitors will not have to venture far from the Keswick en-

virons to encounter the unique properties on this year’s Albemarle/Charlottesville tour. There is something to please everyone, from historic estates to restored Gillette gardens to prized modern landscape architecture. An Albemarle Garden Club member originally owned one home on the tour and her gardens reflect a lifetime of collecting treasured trees, shrubs and plants. A private modern home seamlessly relates to the landscape and showcases native and non-native specimens in gloriously colorful, expansive borders and beds. And on a grander scale, stately manor homes – one dating back to the mid-19th century and one in the early 20th – capture the essence of refined country living in Central Virginia. Here is are some of our local area favorites:

From Pastures to Parterres:

Dolley Madison Garden Club is pleased to host the 2015 Historic Garden Week tour, April 18, 2015, in Orange County, Virginia. This year’s tour, From Pastures to Parterres highlights the evolution of farming and architecture along the Spotswood Trail in Orange County, home to Montpelier, the estate of President James Madison. The properties feature late 18th-and early to late 19th-century homes, outbuildings, and gardens, replete with period architecture and artifacts, antique furnishings, and art collections. Gardens range from boxwood-lined drives to extensive formal parterre gardens and perennial landscapes. The tour is illustrative of the evolution of garden design from the 1700s to the 21st century.

Aerie Farm:

The residence at Aerie Farm was built as an elegant Colonial-style farmhouse (1850s) perched atop a hill overlooking Spotswood Trail. Today, the home features two-story galleries spanning the width of the house, all comfortably furnished with American and English antiques. An original tack room within the home has been converted to a “snuggery” in the British tradition. The

A 100-acre property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Springfields was part of the original Nicholas Meriwether land grant first settled by Revolutionary War hero Col. Reuben Lindsay, who built a home here in 1791. The 1895 Georgian Revival house, grounds and gardens will be open including Lindsay’s mysterious 1791 hexagonal stone tower (which served as Christ Episcopal Church from 1869-1874), a smokehouse (1791), Lindsay family graveyard, dairy barn (1840), stable and riding arena. Formal gardens and parterres contain over 500 David Austin rose shrubs, 700 English and American boxwoods and 300 hydrangeas and other perennials. The extensive grounds showcase forty separate gardens with centuries-old trees in a park-like setting. Gail Babnew and Joel Silverman, owners.


Century-old cedars line the long drive announcing this Federal-style home built in 1816 by Robert King, whose wife Priscilla was the daughter of Nathaniel Gordon, founder of Gordonsville. Rescued by the current owners in 2012 from a planned subdivision of 291 residential units, 244-acre Annadale has been restored to its historic use as a family farm. Interestingly, the estate was in the current owner’s family from 1928 until 1996 and has

been preserved for future generations of the family by a conservation easement. Outbuildings on the property include a historic slave kitchen that has been converted to a guesthouse and office. In the center is a huge working fireplace anchoring both rooms. The smokehouse is unique in that it was constructed entirely of wood, including the lock on the door. The granary has been converted to an art studio, where the owner’s pottery will be exhibited. Merrill and Philip Strange, owners.

Barboursville Vineyards:

The 1804 Inn and Ruins: Visitors are encouraged to tour this award winning winery, the 1804 Inn and Mansion Ruins. Rarely open to the public, the 1804 Inn features Flemish bond walls, hand-hewn floors and 11-foot ceilings. This house is the home of the Vineyards’ Italian owners when they are in residence. Visitors may also enjoy touring the Ruins of Governor Barbour’s mansion, one of only three Thomas Jefferson designed for his friends, with the benefit of interpretive guidance offered by an HGW docent. Ruins of the Barbour home exhibit signature characteristics of Jefferson’s design; integration of the three-story structure into an elevated knoll, hidden stairways, and an octagonal room. Barboursville Vineyards has 138 acres under cultivation, producing an array of varietals. Visitors are encouraged to tour the award winning winery, hospitality center, and tasting rooms. Gianni Zonin, owner.

Morven Estate Gardens and House:

The three-story brick manor house at Morven was built c. 1820 in the late-Georgian/Federal style by builder Martin Thacker for David Higginbotham, a local merchant. Its 19th-century ambience remains even after 20th-century additions and interior renovations. The first floor is on tour. The land was part of the original 1730 Carter family land grant and was known to Thomas Jefferson as “Indian Camp,” which he purchased for his “adoptive son,” Col. William Short, in 1795, and in turn sold to David Higginbotham in 1813. The last pri-



related products. A detailed schedule of all barn events available at www. vagardenweek.org.

Harris Home:

vate owner, the late John Kluge, gave the farm to the University of Virginia Foundation in 2001. Grounds feature the formal and cutting gardens renovated by Annette Hoyt Flanders in the 1930s, as well as gardens added by Mr. Kluge. Tulips, phlox, lilacs, viburnum and deutzia, among other shrubs and perennials, fill a series of distinct garden rooms. Notable trees include a pair of Osage orange trees, the state champion Chinese chestnut, and a dove tree. Morven was part of the first Historic Garden Week in Virginia in 1929. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Landmarks Register..

A sunny rise just north of Ragged Mountain is an idyllic setting for this property on the tour. The owners purchased the 35-acre parcel and constructed a modern home, which communicates naturally with its environment. The home is sited to capture optimal views of the gardens, fields, and mountains beyond, in a scale that is both welcoming and gracious. A tree-lined drive leads to the home. The foundation bed at the entrance features limelight hydrangea standards surrounding a large, carved bird feeder. Extending alongside the left of the home is a long, wide perennial garden that draws visitors from the front circle into the backyard. There are species and hybrid tulips, roses and Fritillaria imperialis ‘Lutea maxima’ to name a few. Favorite annuals like yellow and orange nasturtiums edge the beds. View the gardens from a stone-edged terrace that includes a wisteria-covered pergola, more perennial beds


Originally part of a 2,000-acre grant to Charles Hudson in 1735, this grand Jeffersonian-style home built in 1849 has been altered many times over the years to suit the needs of its various owners. In addition to being a private home, it has served as a preparatory school for UVA, as a finishing school for girls, and more recently as a home and school for handicapped children. With great vision, the current owners eliminated all institutional vestiges and returned the home to its former glory. The gardens have enjoyed a renaissance as well. Original stacked stone walls and large hedges of ancient American boxwood are now flanked by lush perennial beds, mixed borders, flowering shrubs, specimen trees, and a pool with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is a cutting garden on the foundation of one of the original outbuildings. The owners have established a small orchard and restored a pavilion and raised bed garden. This elevated garden now serves as a kitchen garden, due to its proximity to the house.

Verulam Farm:

Located atop a knoll at the foot of Ragged Mountain, this farm commands a breathtaking western view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The manor home dates to 1939 and was designed by Marshall Wells, who was in the first graduating class of the School of Architecture at UVA. Wells is known for his use of intricate moldings, high quality local materials, including Rockingham slate roofs and reclaimed “beehive” brick, and the blending of indoor and outdoor spaces. Of note is the heavy iron garden gate that he acquired from the White House when it was replaced with a taller one during World War II. Wells worked with landscape architect Charles Gillette to design the gardens. Breezeways and brick paths through understated classical gardens befit the Jeffersonian elegance of the Georgian Revival house. The current owner has spent more than a decade restoring the home and gardens to their original splendor. In addition to work on the Gillette gardens, pool and pond, the owner has established a two-tiered vegetable garden, a small heritage orchard, and a nut walk leading out to the woods. Adjacent to the equestrian facilities, a 100-year-old barn has been restored for use as a wedding and public-event venue. Special gardenrelated events scheduled at the barn throughout the day including floral demonstrations, talks and garden-

and an open, double-sided fireplace, which frames the view of distant mountains. A mowed nature walk completes the connection to the landscape and explores the back of the property.


In May 2012, the University of Virginia Foundation acquired Foxhaven, a sprawling 200-acre farm just outside the western border of Charlottesville city limits. Henderson and Jane Heyward bought the property in 1949, and over the ensuing decades Jane lovingly established gardens and trails throughout the property, and nurtured an eclectic mix of plant life. An avid and lifelong gardener and member of the Albemarle Garden Club, she collected specimens of trees, shrubs and plants from friends and from her travels to create woodland gardens, perennial beds, a cottage garden, and shaded pathways bordered with bulbs and seasonal flowers. Year-round, something was always in bloom at Foxhav-

en. Her hope was that one day her home and grounds could be an arboretum or botanical garden. Prior to her passing, she established a trust for the renovation of the garden. Visitors will be reminded of The Secret Garden. As the Foundation begins to restore the property, come see what botanical treasures are thriving once again at Foxhaven. There will be a Master Gardener Help Desk onsite and Tree Stewards will offer two tours daily on Sunday 1 and 3 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Built by John Patten Emmet, one of the first professors chosen by Thomas Jefferson for the University. There are large old trees and a landscaped botanical collection started by the Albemarle Garden Club in 1964. The spacious brick house was given to the University as a residence for distinguished visitors. Morea was the runnerup for the Garden Club of Virginia’s Common Wealth Award in 2005 and 2006.

Special Activities: Monticello: Monday, April 20, at 2 p.m “Restoring Monticello’s Kitchen Road” with Gardiner Hallock, Monticello’s Architectural Historian, at Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Woodland Pavilion followed by a 3:15 p.m. tour of the Mountaintop Kitchen Road. Hallock will outline the current transformational project called “Reuniting Monticello’s Mountaintop Landscape,” which reestablishes the link between the ornamental landscape surrounding the house and its connection to the functioning plantation. Free, but advanced registration is required. Following the lecture you can drive on your own to the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants’ garden and nursery at Tufton Farm where plants will be available for sale Also on Monday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Visitors Center, join us for a conversation with Stephen Orr, Executive Editor, Condé Nast Traveler and author of The New American Herbal, a historically minded but modern approach to using herbs. The garden party includes Virginia wine and hors d’oeuvres and informal tours of the gardens and grounds, where the winding flower border was restored by the Garden Club of Virginia. Event is ticketed and requires reservations; $65 pp. On Tuesday, April 21, at 10 a.m. at the Visitors Center, “Thomas Jefferson’s Fruit and Vegetable Gardens at Monticello” by Gabriele Rausse, Director of Gardens and Grounds, followed by a walking tour of the Monticello gardens at 11:15 a.m. The lecture on Jefferson’s massive kitchen garden and Fruitery will include present-day efforts to restore and preserve Jefferson’s horticultural legacy. Free, but advance registration required. Also on Tuesday, April 21, at 2 p.m. at the Visitors Center, “Historic Plants at Monticello,” by Peggy Cornett, Curator of Plants. Focusing on Jefferson’s flower gardens at Monticello, Cornett will explore the plants that define our horticultural heritage “www. monticello.org/gardenweek; or call (434) 984-9880. Ash Lawn-Highland: The home of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States, who located his mountain estate near Monticello, at the urging of his friend Thomas Jefferson. During HGW, Ash Lawn-Highland’s flower gardener will be on site and available to discuss the gardens and answer questions. A detailed schedule and tickets are available at www. vagardenweek.org.


MARCH 2015


Common Sense, It’s Complicated BY MARY MORONY

There is a sorrowful dearth in common

Ms. Susan Sommer, the aforementioned lawyer, went on to explain, “Given various transgender stages, there is room for the person who gives birth to check the male box.” Well, who knew? She doesn’t comment on why the fathers’ gender is in question. Given Ms. Sommer’s comments, the form makes sense, sort of, in the complicated, oddly inclusive society we now live. I wonder what the Shogun would have to say? Unfortunately, parallels back then are in short supply.

sense. The lack of it gets bandied about a lot these days, especially when things go awry and most especially in politics where things are in a never-ending state of chaotic flux.

Take a little weather; add a little government and the question, whatever happened to common sense, is not too far behind. Two months ago, when we naïvely thought that winter had all but passed us by, before the “big” storms, we had a scant two inches of snow. Schools in Orange County and also in Albemarle County were closed in anticipation of the impending snow. It turns out that Albemarle County didn’t get any of the white stuff. Where is the sense in that? When government is involved there is a good chance there is little to no common sense. The absence of common sense is not just in situations involving weather, either. The governed have changed, become more nuanced, complicated if you will, and refused neat, tidy, and simple little boxes. By way of example, here is a fun fact for you, on the New York City birth certificate application there is a new question; what is sex of the person giving birth? Wait, that is not a typo, the fathers are also are asked to check the “m” or “f” box. The need for equitability no doubt drives the second question, but that just might be a common sense conclusion, therefore, have nothing to do with the reality of the situation. Nonetheless, isn’t this political correctness gone amuck? Clearly, common sense has been chucked in the waste can for what I’m not sure. When asked about this odd new question on the application, an attorney for Lamba Legal, said “to be clear, it is possible for a per-

son who has given birth to a child to identify as male,” without the slightest hint of irony. I don’t even know what that means. Lamba Legal is an advocacy group for gay, bisexual and transgender folk, so it’s complicated. One thing common sense isn’t is complicated, right?

Common sense while common, in that we all have it, or most of us do, it is not the same for any one of us. What I think makes complete sense, you could quite possibly find off the wall. (If so, please write the editors.) Common sense simplifies the world according to what I know, what I believe, what I have experienced. The idea that someone other than a woman could give birth does not compute as a notion that I can wrap my head around. It makes no sense in the world, as I know it and therein lays the problem. There is a much bigger, broader world out there than I know and very much more complicated. Duncan Watts, a social scientist at Columbia, writes in his book Everything is

Obvious: Once You Know the Answer, “The problem with common sense is not that it isn’t sensible, but that what is sensible turns out to depend on lots of other features of the situation. And, in general, it’s impossible to know which of these many potential features are relevant until after the fact.” From this sociological point of view, common sense is more like Monday morning quarterbacking. After the game is over knowing the final score, it is easy to say, he should have thrown the ball on the third down instead running with it. I have no experience with transgender people, nor football for that matter, so I find my common sense, at least as far as Duncan Watts is concerned useless, other than to engender more questions. Shogun Yokitomo-Tashi a twelfth century Japanese statesman and philosopher, though equally as abstruse as Watts, wrote in Common Sense How to Exercise It “to those who possess common sense is given the faculty of placing everything in its proper rank.” To the Shogun common sense “is the art of resolving questions not posing them.” Were people were blessed with a greater capacity for reason in the twelfth century, or was life just simpler then?

Rushing to judgment seems to be more a problem than using common sense. The problem with common sense, as Professor Watts stated it, is “even as it helps us to make sense of the world, it can actively undermine our ability to understand it.” When I apply my common sense to the new improved NYC birth certificate application, I prove Watts absolutely correct. What does it matter, which gender a mother identifies with? Common sense enables me to bump up against my lack of knowledge. Biology is still biology— the way of the shogun. Public policy and common sense are mutually exclusive. The later has been shanghaied by the ways and means of insurance companies, constituencies, and special interests—in short, big government. The world has just become such a complicated place that we have to pay people to make sense of it. Professional thinkers have supplanted us common ones. Meanwhile we simple folk are relegated to scratching our heads and wondering where in hell did it all go so wrong? It’s complicated.

Mary Morony author of the novel Apron Strings is a Charlottesville native and long time resident of Keswick. Raising four children to adulthood and her unique perspective has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with three dogs, two guineas and her daughter’s cat. Check out more at www.marymorony.com.

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Keswick Faces in Other Places This winter Keswickians have headed out of town, here are a few reader submissions: First row, left to right: VDL Gambo with new owner Vicky Castegren and Lisa Jacquin. (photo ©ManciniPhotos), Susan Rives and Anna Shields skiing at Snowshoe, Greg Schmidt completing the other half of his “swim at both ends of the Earth” during his trip to Antarctica then Woody Baker enjoying his recent retirement in New Zealand. Second row, left to right: Christine and John Baird with Christina and John Markey someplace warm then Whitney Gammell and Trish Zorn foxhunting in Ireland with Karen Murphy MFH at Essex. Third row, left to right: Gardy Bloemers and Crusedor rode to the top of the leader board during the Third Level Test 3 AA class at the Global Dressage Festival 7 national show - congratulations to Gardy and Crusedor, Annabel, Rocky and Liza in Cancun then Whitney and Trish bundled up along the Irish coast.




Where Has All the Gravel Gone? BY TONY VANDERWARKER

If you are a teenager, you have pimples. If you live on a farm, you have potholes, random holes in your driveway that, like turbulence on an airplane, won’t kill you but make for a nasty ride. And when you have a mile long driveway, you find yourself in a duel, dodging the damn things as best as you can but knowing that your wheels are going to crash into some of them, risking warping your chassis and dinging your rims. And if you think potholes are vexing, washboards are worse. Washboards are parallel potholes perpendicular to the roadside that send your vehicle into a bouncing motion that can rattle your brain and give you a spitting headache. I have a thing about washboards from driving in Africa. Often you’d find straightaways through the savannah ten or twenty miles long with ripples five inches deep. You’d have to grip the wheel firmly to keep control and could barely talk because if you opened your mouth, you’d find your jaw leaping up and down uncontrollably with your tongue the likely victim. Tsetse flies and washboard roads were the two things I hated most about Africa.

Physicists have determined that washboarding comes from vehicles traveling over a road above a certain speed. Like the physics of stone skipping, the stone needs to be thrown at a certain speed in order to have enough force to bounce off the surface. Same thing with tires. To avoid the effects of washboarding, they estimate that you’d have to drive under three miles an hour. No thanks, twenty minutes getting on and off the farm, I’ll deal with ripples. So if washboarding is the flu, potholes are a bad cold. Now I admit that I’m cheap, but this is where my skinflinty nature really shines. I have a difficult time paying four hundred bucks for a load of rocks. Especially rocks that have a return-to-sender nature. The quarry calls the stuff “crusher run” and they named it right, the suckers just do not stay where they’re supposed to. The crusher runs, it sure does., right off the farm. Where they go is a damn fine question but you put a bunch of loads down and six months later you see them thinning out and sure enough, you quickly catch


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neath her window. “Middle one’s you want,” was all she said.

And without gravel, when it rains the driveway turns to slippery goo with the potholes splashing mud all over your clean car.

When I asked, “How much?”

I tried grading to pull the gravel off the roadside and into the ruts and cover the holes but my blade just sprayed whatever was left further out. Even when I scraped to beat the band, the damn potholes would reappear. I thought I was real clever when I decided that if I broke down the edges of potholes, I could make them go away. Checked with my buddy Ralph and he figured I might have something going. So I bought a steel wrecking bar and set out one day to kill potholes. After a an hour and a half of stabbing the suckers, I was sweating like a pig and feeling like a prisoner on a chain gang, muscles aching from chipping away at compacted gravel with a twenty pound steel rod. The experience also soon made me feel like I was dumb enough to belong on a chain gang. For a month later, the potholes that I’d blasted to oblivion were back. In the exact same places, to the precise same depth, like they were laughing at me.

The Road God had teamed up with the Gravel Devil to conspire to make my twelve hundred bucks worth of gravel head for the hills and for potholes to return to their divinely-appointed locations. Then I heard about crushed construction debris that you could buy from a singlestream recycler in the county just north. I drove up to inspect the goods. At the entrance, I found large woman sitting in a plywood shed behind glass. “Can I see your driveway gravel?” I asked her. Not one for words, she pointed her pen down at three plastic boxes of rocks be-

Ever her loquacious self, she answers, “One-seventy five to two hundred a load.” I drive back home feeling triumphant. Half the price of gravel! And maybe these rocks won’t be escapees like the others? So I order three loads, feeling very selfsatisfied. At least until they arrive. Gravel is gray, neutral as can be. It doesn’t shine, glare or call notice to itself except when it decides to flee. This recycled stuff was pink. Not flamingo pink but cotton candy pink and here I have this gracious farm in the Thomas Jefferson countryside and I end up with a PINK driveway. Turns out there’s a lot of crushed brick in there, not to mention pieces of bathroom tile, hunks of porcelain faucets, crushed commodes, old keys, glass, its like a damn architectural dig. But it’s still pink. No way to cover up a mile of pink road. Decide to turn lemons into lemonade. Boast to my friends that I got my road redone for half the cost of gravel and proudly show it to my friend Taylor. He might as well have turned up his nose, “Might use it on some of my farm roads,” he said dismissively. “Kind of makes sense,” I can hear Taylor thinking to himself. “Vanderwarker’s a flaming liberal so he probably doesn’t mind having a pink driveway.” Sadly, the construction debris also fled so I’m back to being potholed again. Then my wife, who happens to be on a board with a lady who owns a paving company, told Anne about a product called Aquaphalt. Blair swears by the stuff. This is the kind of topics that come up in the country, you’re in a board meeting and the talk turns to potholes. Board meeting is at her paving operation so before the next meeting, I ask Anne to bring home a bag of Aquaphalt. Stuff’s cheap, so she buys two. Stay tuned to see how it turns out!

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MARCH 2015

TRAVEL JOURNAL Antarctica - The Adventure Starts Right Away! Greg Schmidt set a plan in motion for a five

day Antarctica journey well over a year in advance. Departing Charlottesville for Atlanta then onto a twelve-hour overnight flight south to Santiago, Chile. The very next morning, take off to Punta Arenas, Chile, a three and a half hour flight, where the rest of the day was spent soaking in the sights. Once in Punta Arenas, it is up to the captain-pilot to decide if it is safe to fly down to Antarctica due to the unpredictable weather conditions. The realization sets in that you have to wait for a clear five hour window to make the trip safely; it’s only a two hour flight each way plus an hour for refueling. The day that Greg flew down, eight in the morning from Punta Arenas, he gets off two hours later and steps out onto a gravel airstrip at Frei Station, Antarctica. The first thing he sees is this abandoned plane, a less successful attempt with a collapsed landing gear just beyond the end of the airstrip. Later it was discovered that the

waters of Greenland, operated by a crew of thirty with an ice-strengthened hull ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. This first day, with temps topping out at 34 degrees, was said to be the nicest weather that had been experienced all season; which runs from the beginning of October to the end of March. The group set out on a hike to the top of a glacier, Cierva Cove on the south side of Cape Herschel, in the morning and in the afternoon went exploring in the Zodiacs after a pod of about thirty humpback whales were spotted. Mostly mothers with calves, the whales were feeding and

temperatures. They move so awkwardly on land, but so very effective in the water, taking off like a bullet jumping up in and out of the water by a couple of feet. Some of the penguin colonies are mixed with both Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins. Pleneau Bay, which is just south of the Lemaire Channel, has a unique geographical feature that causes the area to be an iceberg graveyard. Both large tabular icebergs and older, rolled icebergs have run aground in this area. On a very bright and sunny day, with the overwhelming beauty of the icebergs, Greg witnessed a whale feeding

it was just spectacular. They were having a lot of fun with their audience swimming right next to the inflatables; beautiful and majestic creatures.

flight they took to Antarctica was the last time the plane flew due to fog in the area for seven days that ended up extending their trip by two days. There is no airport terminal, no nothing, which suits the less than 1,500 intrepid travelers and scientists that make this extraordinary journey each year-—the adventure starts right away! Next up, about a mile walk down to the water where the group of about sixty passengers makes its way by Zodiac inflatables to be taken aboard the Ocean Nova; the home-base for the remainder of the journey. The ship, a Danish icebreaker built in 1992, was designed to sail the ice-choked

Next, the group traveled to their furthest southern point at Port Lockroy, which lies on the western side of Wiencke Island in the Palmer Archipelago. A British Post Office with a gift shop and exploration station, loaded with loitering Gentoo Penguins, manned by seven people. The tour

invited these diehards to join them on the ship that evening for a BBQ; all but one who remained behind joined for a night partying that was very entertaining.

at the eastern shore of Avdvord Bay just seven miles south of the channel—the area is a continental landing and home to breeding Gentoo Penguins. The final day began with a landing at Whaler’s Bay which is the first bay inside Port Foster as you pass through Neptunes’ Bellows at Deception Island, a ring-shaped formation about 8 miles in diameter enclosing the larger harbor of Port Foster.

with krill leaping out of its giant mouth. The Pleneau Bay area is also an excellent location for finding Crabeater, Weddell and Leopard Seals hauled-out of the water in ice floes and icebergs. The voyage continued to Danco Island that lies at the southern end of the Errera Channel. The views are spectacular due to the heavily crevassed glaciers in the surrounding mountains. This section of the Errera Channel is a hot spot for Minke and Humpback Whales as well as beautiful rolled icebergs. Later in the day, off to Neko Harbor

Later that day while transiting the Lemaire Channel, chunks of ice were bashing against the forged hull of the ship which you really feel the ship breaking through these icebergs; the Finnish captain makes the offhand comment as he is maneuvering, “let’s see if we can make it”. There is a big observation area on the front of the ship where the group was watching and bouncing about as the ship progressed into the spectacular sound on the other side of the ice. A curious group of Gentoo penguin chicks, two to three months old, were observed in the process of malting their baby feathers to make way for the really slick adult feathers. These chicks don’t go into the water until they are about four months of age; they aren’t ready for the frigid ocean


The days are long with just about four hours of “night” hours that are still relatively lit with a sun that never seems to set fully. About six out of the sixty in the group went for a dip in the chilly ocean waters - Greg completing a North and South Pole swim at both ends of the Earth. At a Chinese research station, the Great Wall Station, the Chinese New Year was in full swing and the group was invited to join the festivities. There were a lot of fun times on the ship, all meals on board followed by games and variety type showcasing put on by crew and guests alike. The coldest days were darker and gray with the winds blowing hard (often at 70 miles an hour) and temps dipping into the -5 degree range. Antarctica is not “owned” by any country but only governed by agreement at the UN, which managed to get whaling stopped in the 1940’s and designate it as a research area only with no mining or other natural resource activities. There are 20 to 30 research stations with the United States having the largest physical presence. It is peaceful, quiet and amazing with all walks of life from newlyweds, researchers and the curious worldly traveler, some for their first adventure whiles others are checking off their seventh continent. Greg maintains, “It was an experience... just simply spectacular and unbelievable”—call your travel agent and book your adventure today! Colin Dougherty wrote this article from notes taken and materials supplied during an interview with Greg Schmidt earlier this month. Photos credits: Greg Schmidt and Ross Hobert.


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The Oakhurst Inn, in conjunction with Henley’s of Charlottesville is pleased to announce their Spring art exhibit featuring works by contemporary figure painter Jeffery Stockberger. The exhibit will be on display at the Oakhurst Inn in Charlottesville beginning April 2nd and runs through the end of May 2nd with an opening reception on Thursday, April 2nd from 6pm to 8pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Stockberger is an accomplished and award-winning painter whose works have been on display in major cities including Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, New York City, NY and Santa Barbara, CA as well as abroad in Berlin, Germany. Phillip St.Ours, Manager of the Oakhurst Inn, says he is delighted to be able to feature a collection of Stockberger’s paintings and is thankful to art supporters, Henley’s of Charlottesville, for helping bring Stockberger and his work to the Oakhurst Inn.

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The Green Springs National Historic Landmark District encompasses over 14,000 acres in Louisa County. It is made up of farms that are in a permanent Federal easement although many of the farms in the District are not covered by the easement. They represent generations of agricultural, architectural and social history. Green Springs is composed of lush, rolling pastures. In the 1720’s a group of Quakers settled near Camp Creek and established a meeting house there. They were soon followed by Hanover County families who built or purchased farms, intermarried and added manor houses through the 1860’s There are more than 250 original 18th and 19th century homes, barns and outbuildings that survive today. The area was famous for its wheat crop and in 1841 Cyrus McCormick chose to test his reapers on the wheat fields of Green Springs, particularly at Bracketts Farm. Two families, the Morrises and the Watsons, built a number of plantation houses in Green Springs. “Green Springs” was built in 1772. It is an example of Virginia formal vernacular style with four chimneys. At “Green Springs” the Morrises entertained Patrick Henry. In 1790, the Morrises developed the springs for which the district is named. Other notable Morris family homes include “Sylvania”, “Grassdale” and “Hawkwood” designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis in 1850. “Ionia” was built by Major James Watson in 1770. It is a significantly preserved story and a half plantation house of its type in Virginia. Two other Watson-owned plantations are “Bracketts’” and “Westend”. After the Civil War a neighborhood place of worship became a necessity and St. John’s Chapel was built in the Gothic Style on land donated in 1888. Also, within the District is “Boswells’ Tavern” one of Virginias early preserved rural taverns.

All of the farms in the Green Springs District are privately owned except for Bracketts Farm. It is a working 515 acre farm with a 22 acre lake owned and

left: The old Keswick Train Station that was moved to Bracketts Farm; right: the main farm house

operated today by the Elisabeth Aiken Nolting Foundation and is classified as a 501C3 or non-profit. Elisabeth Nolting purchased Bracketts Farm in 1958 after the death of her uncle, Carl H. Nolting. He had bought the farm in 1903 before he became Louisa’s representative in the House of Delegates. Beginning in 1970, Elisabeth talked with the land owners about establishing a historic district by conveying conservation easements on their land to the Department of the Interior. In 1974, Elisabeth persuaded the Department of the Interior to grant historic statue to the District and the National Park Service holds, monitors and enforces the easements. A private organization, Historic Green Springs, Inc., also holds easements and is dedicated to the preservation of the District. The easements preserve historic properties, scenic areas and conserve open space land. They also prevent industrial and commercial activities with the exception of farming. An accomplished horse woman, Elisabeth wanted Bracketts Farm to be preserved in perpetuity, so she established her Charitable Foundation to receive the property upon her death. She also left an endowment to allow the farm to continue operating. The Foundation’s Mission is to keep the farm working, economically viable and contributing to the knowledge of the viability of a small working farm. It is also

to educate the public on the historical importance of the area while protecting it from overdevelopment and industrialization. The Foundation is run by a volunteer Board of Directors which meet regularly to discuss all matters pertaining to the Farm. The Chairman of the Board is Michael Seaton, a retired Air Force officer. I met with him to learn more about Bracketts and see it first hand. He gave me a tour which included the “pony barn”, the tobacco barn, a log corn crib and a slatted corn crib for out structures all very old and needing a varying amount of restoration, which they take on as they can afford it. The main house dates to 1806 and was designed with advice from Thomas Jefferson, hence the triple hung window which is pure Jefferson. There are two beautifully preserved brick slaves quarters adjacent to the main house. Very near the main house is the manager’s cottage which was also known as David Watson’s law office and dates originally to 1790. Mike knows all the significant dates and history of the farm, and it was well worth a visit. He also said that while he was out walking the property one day he noticed a mounding of earth that did not seem natural. He told me he actually stumbled over a primitive looking tool. He discussed this tool with a retired Virginia archeologist and discovered that he had very likely found the site of an ancient Monacan village that may date to as early as 7500BC.

Members of the Bracketts board have held recent discussions with Dr. Lynn Rainville, who is the Founding Director of the Tusculum Institute at Sweetbriar College, as well as Andrea Floyd, who has written a book called “Slaves Have Names”. When I asked Mike what their goal is, other than running the farm, he said they hope to find the “rest of the history” about the farm, particularly the lives of the enslaved people who lived, worked and died at Brackett. Members recently visited the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia where they found that David Watson’s son Thomas kept a detailed journal from 1858. It contained the names and occupations of 23 slaves. Each name had a page that referenced an extensive narrative about the individual. The Watson Collections contains more than 10,000 items in more than 100 archive boxes. What a treasure trove of documented history. Mike says that they plan to make that information available to the descendants of these enslaved people as well as to the public. The farm also has close ties to the Louisa County Historical Society and the Louisa Food Pantry. They have the Bracketts Charity Garden, which produces 13,000 pounds of fresh produce donated to the Food Pantry over the last four years. They actively seek volunteers. The day I was there, I watched the volunteer manager of the Charity Garden with his small herd of goats that were roaming the property eating weeds. The Foundation rents the recently restored and upgraded living quarters on the property which helps with funding additional preservation efforts. One such building is the old Keswick Train Station, which was moved to Bracketts in 1920 and his now rented as a residence.


MARCH 2015



Perrigo Nutritionals’ Relocates

Virginia Horse Center Names COO



Perrigo Nutritionals, the world’s largest

supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products, announced back in the fall that it was relocating its divisional headquarters from Gordonsville to Charlottesville. The company is a division of Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO; TASE) and a leading global healthcare supplier based in Dublin, Ireland with about 110 people working in the town of Gordonsville. The 5-year lease in Gordonsville was up for renewal and after conducting a regional real estate search it was determined that there were limited alternatives; no office complex exists that met their needs in Southern Orange County. They executed a multi-year lease for a new place of business at 652 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville. The company employs people working in sales, marketing, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, new product development and logistics operations. All the employees in Gordonsville were relocated. The new location will also house the Perrigo Company plc customer service call center. Perrigo Nutritionals will continue to manufacture Store Brand Infant Formula products in its Vermont and Ohio

locations, as well as vitamins, minerals, and supplements in South Carolina. Perrigo’s Chairman and CEO, Joseph C. Papa, stated, “This move gives our Nutritionals division greater access to the unique talent pool and innovation that exists in Charlottesville. This central location is highly accessible and also gives our Virginia workforce better access to city resources.” “We have enjoyed our 16-year history of success while operating in Gordonsville, from an infant formula start-up to a division of a leading global healthcare supplier,” said Perrigo EVP and Nutritionals General Manager Scott Jamison. “Charlottesville and its attractive employment base provide an ideal setting for our growing nutritionals business.” The relocation was completed in January 2015. So, what about Gordonsville? There is a streetscape improvement project that is now underway and rumors that the abandoned Perrigo buildings will be converted into a pub, an inn, and specialty retail - we will keep you posted!

The Virginia Horse Center (VHC) conducted a thorough search and has named Leigh Anne Claywell as the new Chief Operating Officer of the Horse Center.

Claywell brings to the position an impressive resume developed within the equestrian industry. Early in her career, Claywell served as the Vaulting and Eventing Director for the American Horse Shows Association, now the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Since 2006, Claywell has acted as the Director of Competition Licensing, Evaluation and Safety within the USEF. Presently Claywell also serves as a competition and event planner for HITS, Inc. “The addition of Leigh Anne Claywell to our team as the Chief Operating Officer is just the latest example of the Virginia Horse Center’s intention to expand upon its national reputation as a superlative equine competition facility,” VHC Interim Executive Director John Nicholson said. “Leigh Anne’s extensive experience and stellar reputation at all levels of the equestrian industry will bring an even greater level of expertise and leadership to the impressive team of professionals at the Horse Center. I know I speak for the entire Horse Center family in welcom-

ing Leigh Anne to the Virginia Horse Center.” Claywell will step into her new position with the VHC beginning April 1, 2015, filling a void in the Horse Center’s high caliber management team. “Finding the perfect Chief Operating Officer in such a complicated industry is not an easy task,” said Ernest M. Oare, President and Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation. “Leigh Anne’s resume speaks for itself, and the entire Board is ecstatic about our new team member. She has the extensive experience to be able to communicate with our customers, and the exhibitors will be the bottom line beneficiaries. Our goal of working toward becoming a world-class venue is one step closer since our management team is now world class.”

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Heavy Petting: A Woman’s Guide to Dogs ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE

Gina Corell, a local educator and writer will sign cop-

various online pet websites. Corell earned a Doctorate in Philosophy from Louisiana State University and advanced studies in English Literature and Sociology. She is currently employed at the University of Virginia in the Information Technology Department and has held various positions at the University level including Business and Communications Manager and Associate Director of the Curry School Foundation.

ies of her new book Heavy Petting: A Woman’s Guide to Dogs on National Pet Day, April 30, 2015, from 4pm – 6pm at Pet Supplies Plus on Emmett Street in Charlottesville, VA. Corell, an educator and writer with a life-long passion for pet adoptions and animals, recently published the 106 page paperback book as a fundraiser for to two dog charities: Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Service Dogs of Virginia. The guidebook features dozens of dog photos offers readers’ insights into breed selection, pet adoption, dog training, and general care – all from a women’s perspective. Reviewers have described ‘Heavy Petting’ as colorful, informative, witty and easyto-read. National Pet Day was founded in 2005 by Coleen Paige, a pet & family lifestyle expert who also foundedNational Dog Day, National Puppy Day and National Cat Day {among others} to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters all across the nation. “One myth about shelter dogs is that they are all mixedbreed canines (dogs that have characteristics of two or more breeds)” says Corell, who notes that “Although mixed breeds are in the majority at animal shelters, studies by the U.S. Humane Society indicate that approximately 25% of shelter dogs are purebreds.”

For more than 10 years, Corell has volunteered and supported Animal Connections, a small dog rescue group in Louisa, Virginia by donating food, foster care, photography and social media services to help promote the nonprofit. Corell currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her animal companion, Teddy, a 5-year-old Basenji whom she adopted from Animal Connections. For those unable to attend the April 30th Book Signing, Corell will hold another book signing at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturday, May 2nd from 9am to Noon. Heavy Petting: A Woman’s Guide to Dogs is currently available for purchase through Amazon.com and online at www.ginac.com. In her book ‘Heavy Petting,’ Corell offers potential dog owners tips for choosing and screening dogs from shelters, foster homes, and breeders.

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Shute Takes You to Warmer Climates BY SUZANNE NASH

Spring has sprung and I am sure we are all grateful for the promise of sun and warmer weather. I love grabbing a blanket on a sunny spring day and laying by the lake reading. Nothing is more relaxing than allowing yourself a few hours to read and soak up the sun. This month I have a book that will take you across multiple continents and introduce you to a part of history that I knew very little about. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute was written in 1950 and is a classic that was made into a movie in 1956, then a masterpiece theatre series in 1981, and finally broadcast on BBC radio in 1997. I believe the broad appeal of this novel is due to the construction. There are three distinct parts that take place on three different continents and there is something for everyone….war, friendship, endurance, love and heartache as well as redemption. The story opens in London where a solicitor, Noel Strachan, is charged with the execution of a will. He is the narrator throughout the rest of the tale and in tracking down the beneficiaries of this estate; he is introduced to a young woman named Jean Paget. He begins to slowly learn more of Jean’s past and one evening over a long supper she finally gives him the full account of her life as a prisoner of war in Malaya during World War II when the Japanese invaded. The story she tells is quite horrific and unbelievable. Jean’s determination and grit will keep you riveted. This is the second part of the novel and we are given a glimpse of a life in a tropical climate where there is very little to keep one alive if

you are fending for yourself. After the death of her Uncle Jean becomes a wealthy woman and this money allows her to return to Malaya and thank the people who helped her and to remember the worst moments of her young life. She finds that she is remembered with reverence and learns the impact she made on those around her. What she learns in Malaya sends her across the ocean to Australia and once again her determination and grit carries her to a distant outback village where she discovers a purpose for her life. The story takes on a bit of a different flavor when Jean arrives in Willstown and it turns into a story about love and economic entrepreneurship. Her goal is to make Willstown a place that is worth living in and that means creating jobs and investing in the town. She is very focused on creating a better life for the women in the outback and that is another theme running throughout the novel. From the beginning to the end women are not given the rights that they deserve. They are always treated as second class or as a gender that has to be protected from making foolish decisions. Jean manages to push against these boundaries and gain the respect and freedom that few others of her gender can achieve. What makes this story so intriguing is that Shute based his characters on individuals he actually met. The character of Jean Paget is based on Carry Geysel, who was captured by the Japanese in Sumatra, along with a large group of Dutch women. They were marched about for several years from camp to camp and this marching is

the base of Jean’s story. The Australian ringer in the story is based on Herbert James Edwards who was actually crucified by the Japanese and survived. So while this novel seems amazing, it has some historical accuracy and that makes it even more intriguing for me. So if you are looking for a book that will take you to warmer climates A Town Like Alice is the book for you. You will feel the heat of the Malaya sun as you stand with Jean in the rice paddy fields and then face the unrelenting heat of the outback. You will be ready for a dip in the pool!

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James O. Green 90, formerly of York, passed away peacefully Monday morning, March 9, 2015, at his daughter’s home in Seven Valleys with his daughter and son at his side. He was the husband of the late Barbara (Crouse) Green and was also preceded in death by his former wife, Evelyn (Bernard) Green. Services were at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2015, at Grace Episcopal Church, 5607 Gordonsville Rd., Keswick with the Rev. G. Miles Smith officiating. Burial at the church cemetery. The family held a reception in the church fellowship hall immediately following the services. Hill and Wood Funeral Services, Charlottesville was in charge of local services. Mr. Green was born November 1, 1924, in York. He was the son of the late Clarence and Edith Edna (Stough) Green.He is survived by his son, James Bernard (Christina) Green of Chanhassen, MN; his daughter, Abbie Elizabeth (Michael) Little of Seven Valleys; grandchildren, Rebecca Green (Marc) Heagney, James Thomas (Jennifer) Green, Abbie Christine (Joseph) Snyder, Ashley Meghan Little and Christopher Michael Little; and great grandchildren, Eric Oliver Snyder,

Benjamin Thomas Snyder and Henry Samuel Heagney. He is also survived by his former wife, Susan (Ellis) Green. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Richards and Mildred Hershner. A 1942 graduate of West York High School and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in 1948. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Virginia Athletic Foundation. He maintained a love of UVa athletics, especially following the football and basketball teams. Succeeding his father at Green’s Dairy Incorporated in York and served as the Chairman and C.E.O. until the sale of the business in 1986. He continued as a Senior Consultant with the company until formerly retiring in 1988 and spoke at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Green’s Dairy in March of 2013. He was deeply engaged in the banking industry and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the former Industrial National Bank in West York, later the Southern Pennsylvania Bank and Dauphin Deposit Bank from 1966 to 1996. He served as Chairman of the bank’s Advisory Board from 1984 to 1996 and also served as a Board Member for the Dauphin Deposit Bank & Corporation in Harrisburg during that same time. He

was a member of both the Milk Industry Foundation, Washington, D.C. and the Pennsylvania Association of Milk Dealers and served on both Boards of Directors for many years. He served as President of both organizations from 1972 to 1974. He was also a member and served on the Board of the York Area Chamber of Commerce from 1970 to 1974. He was a long-time member of the York College Board of Trustees and had also served on the Board of Directors of the York Chapter of the American Red Cross.He served in the United States Navy during World War II with the Underwater Demolition Team #29 and was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade. He was a Board Member and past Vice President of the Central VA Chapter Military Officers Association of America.Mr. Green was a former member and past President of the West York Borough Council and was a past Chairman of the West York Area School Authority. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Cismont, Va. where he served as Head Usher Coordinator from 2000 to 2011 and of the White Rose Lodge #706 F & AM. A riding enthusiast, he enjoyed horses and trail riding, served on the Board of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and served as President/ Chairman from 1988 to 1993. He became an avid Fox Hunter and served as Mas-

ter of the Rose Tree Fox Hunt in York from 1982 to 1992. He was also a member of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, the Beaufort Hunt Club in Harrisburg where he was a past President, the Keswick Hunt Club, the Bull Run Hunt (Culpepper), and the Plum Run Hunt (Gettysburg). As a Hunt Team member, he showed at both the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show. He will be remembered as a successful and respected businessman who provided strong leadership for his family company. His commitment to and caring for his employees was noteworthy. Upon retirement from Green’s Dairy, he moved from York, Pa. to Keswick, Va., where he was surrounded by the people and things that he thoroughly enjoyed: his horses and dogs, UVa., Grace Church, and his many friends and neighbors. Above all, he loved the time spent with his wife, Barbara and his remaining family who will remember him dearly. Memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Athletic Foundation, the Clarence Green Memorial Scholarship Fund at York College of Pennsylvania or the American Red Cross. Condolences: BestLifeTributes.com

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