Keswick Life Digital Edition October 2018

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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - October 2018


In this issue

Power Tower Fight Are Keswick Scenic Roads and Farms Next? also: bookworm, only in keswick, community, what's cooking, overheard and much more

Justin H. Wiley

Peter A. Wiley



132A East Main Street • Orange, VA 22960

503 Faulconer Drive, Suite 6 • Charlottesville, VA 22903

MLS# 574653 • $1,995,000

MLS# 582363 • $1,460,000

LINDEN RIDGE – A private 70 ac estate located among other estates in the Keswick Hunt area of Albemarle Cty. The 1920’s home is situated on a knoll in the center of the manicured acreage, with dramatic views of the SW Mtns. Close to C’ville, this 4 BR home is insulated from road noise, and extremely private. The exterior includes a detached garage, formal gardens with irrigation, rear patio, and numerous large specimen trees. Also included: guest cottage, entertainment/art studio barn, stable, fencing, stream, gated entry.

WILDAIR FARM – A 52 acre horse farm nestled in the heart of one of Western Albemarle’s most beautiful pastoral enclaves. The rolling mix of productive fenced pasture, towering, mature hardwoods, a bold stream and two large ponds offers a diversity rarely found on a farm of this size. Horse facilities include stable, equipment buildings, manager’s apartment, run-ins and a 100 x 200 ring. 11 miles from Charlottesville. A rare offering.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

MLS# 574548 • $3,495,000

MLS# 558491 • $995,000

HUNTINGFIELD FARM – Beautiful 305 acres located on Ortman Road in the Greenwood area of Albemarle County. Offered for the first time in over 60 years, this is a perfect estate parcel with numerous streams, open meadows, and wonderful mountain views. Though only 20 minutes to town, the farm is completely free of traffic noise. Situated amongst a block of large estates that are protected by conservation easements, it is protected with a maximum of 4 division rights.

SCOTTSVILLE FARM – A beautiful, medium-sized horse farm or retreat 14 miles from town. The turn-of-the-century farmhouse is well-sited in the center of 77 acres of fenced pasture and fields, with a beautiful stable, large pond and trails. The farm offers privacy and views and is adjacent to over 1500 acres of protected farmland. A 6-stall center aisle barn with power, hot and cold water, bathroom, tack room, wash stall and shavings storage is positioned near the large outdoor ring.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

MLS# 566766 • $2,500,000

MLS# 573218 • $3,570,000

CHICKEN MOUNTAIN ROAD – 388 +/- acres located on Chicken Mountain Road with views of the Blue Ridge and the Southwest Ridge. Property is completely private and surrounded by large estates including Montpelier. The land is rolling and is a mix of woods and open meadows with numerous springs and streams. The open land is all fenced and currently grazed by cattle. The property is further protected by a conservation easement.

MILE END RIDGE – In a beautiful 114 ac elevated setting with expansive mountain views, this residence is an expansive English country manor replete with all modern conveniences. The first floor is comprised of the timbered foyer, walnut library, dining room, music room, gourmet kitchen, adjoining family room, half bath, laundry room, and amazing master suite. The second floor includes 4 additional bedrooms with baths, and a widow’s walk. An Infinity pool, pool house/guest apartment and 4 car garage complete the offering.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

W W W .W I L E Y P R O P E R T Y. C O M

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

keswick equestrian properties

Paddock Wood

32-Acre Equestrian Property & Country House mls 576235 • Keswick, Albemarle County • 10 mi to Cville 32 acres • 5 bed • 4 full, 1 half bath • 4,662 sq ft 10-Stall Stable w/ Paddocks & Riding Ring • Large Stocked Pond

Stones Throw

42-Acre Country Estate & Equestrian Facility mls 575905 • Keswick Farms, Albemarle County • 7 mi to Cville 42 acres • 6 bed • 6 full, 3 half bath • 11,427 sq ft Unique 7-Stall Stable, Paddocks, Riding Ring & Trails

Misty Ridge

20-Acre Residential & Equestrian Property mls 572542 • Keswick, Albemarle County • 12 mi to Cville 20 acres • 3 bed • 2 full, 1 half bath • 5,993 sq ft 8-Stall Stable with 3-Board Fenced Paddocks • Guest Cottage

Contact Duke & Sharon Merrick for more information:

Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina

Office: 434-951-5160 or Mobile: 434-962-5658 Ednam Hall • 1100 Dryden Lane • Charlottesville, VA 22903



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Ann moved to Keswick in 2008 from New York, to be near their kids and (now) four grandchildren. He has been an avid fly fisher for over 35 years, traveling extensively, primarily in pursuit of wily trout. Along with two other anglers, Charlie was a founder of the Anglers Club of Charlottesville, which has about 65 august members. He is a member of the Anglers Club of New York and the Paris Fario Club, and writes regularly for the New York Club’s journal and Classic Angling, a British magazine. Also, he has compiled and published a bibliography of angling books. Suzanne Nash, raised in Lynchburg Virginia, graduated from Wake Forest University and immediately moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to pursue all sorts of things, including working in insurance, marketing and television. The mother of two teenagers is currently the manufacturer of a lingerie and swimsuit design company, the director of education at Grace Episcopal Church and enjoys freelance writing and theatre in her free time.

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Tony Vanderwarker, raised in New England, spent a couple years at Yale and then served two years in the Peace Corps where he got bitten both by tsetse flies and the writing bug. He went to film school at NYU and made documentaries and a full length film which didn’t sell so he decided to try shorter films and went into advertising. Fifteen years later, he had his own ad agency in Chicago where he did “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade. When his partners bought him out, Tony finally had a chance to write full time. It only took him fifteen more years to finally get a book published. “Who cares?” Tony says, “some writers hit paydirt fast, others take longer. I’m just glad my time has come.” visit www.tonyvanderwarker. com 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 on life has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with her husband Ralph Morony, three dogs, two guineas and no cat. Check out Mary’s blog at or email to:

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Lynn Ellen Rice lives in Purceville, Virginia, and owns and operates Lynfield Farm, a 150 acre boarding facility specializing in hunters. Ms. Rice has been competing at the VHC since its beginnings in the late 1980s. Ms. Rice has honed her riding and training skills under the leadership of Tony Workman. She also learned business management itwho to..keswick .isefailarge l kcireal w life... seestate k ot developer ti lleT in Northern Virginia. skills from herTell father


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EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley CONTRIBUTING Colin J. Dougherty The Virginia Horse Center EDITOR Foundation provides a world-class facility hosting regional, national, and international equestrian events. We envision a unique, bucolicSuzanne landmark to honor and celebrate the timeless, special bond between COLUMNISTS Tony Vanderwarker, Nash, Morony mankind andMary the horse through safe, fair and spirited equestrian competition.For more information about the CONTRIBUTORS Sam Johnson (Cooking), Virginia Horse Center call5404642950 or visit These new directors are joining the following returning boardREADER member to comprise the 2018/19 Board. PROOF Staff Assistant

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Excitement building asyou Restaurant Rochambeau prepares to open its doors Everyis month we bring lifestyles in Keswick and its’ envifrom theon scoop of a party andin horsey happenings to practilater thisrons, month, Main Street Gordonsville. Focused on authentic French advice on making the most of your garden, preserving land cuisine, cal the restaurant is located in the space previously occupied by the and updates from the surroundings! But don’t take our word for Restaurant Pomme overKeswick a dozen it - subscribe andfor discover, Life! years. It features a formal dining room with a working fireplace, GO FIRST CLASS outdoor dining on the terrace, a separate bar, and space for private events. Rochambeau be providing catering services. First-class mail subscriptions are available will for $45also annually. Yes,

for just $45 a year you can receive your monthly issue of Keswick Life in a cellophane envelope with First Class postage sure to Assisting theits’restaurant’s owners make arrival in a timely manner(Jacqueline so that you getand yourBruce news Gupton) in the startup “hot-off-the-press”. is Chef Randy Cooper, who is well known to many in the area based upon his

A group of property owners and other concerned citizens have begun to gather to assess the threat to Keswick farms and lands. As news on what can be done Ther In and Around th unfolds, we will keep you posted. The group plans to abou lead the fight to protect Keswick environs but presEver suring Dominion Energy to bury the lines as to preThe KHC Clubhouse and Kennel Renovation furn serve the beautiful countryside in this historic area. uniq Continues on Schedule life, is l Construction crews will be completing the concrete footings, foundations and slabs fasc at the club to be followed immediately by the framing and instillation of the ductwork pers associated with the new HVAC. Concurrently, roofing crews will begin the removal of the old roof while the structural engineers begin the steel superstructure neededand to support the building. This represents among the more challenging aspects to the stor

renovation as all of the work will take place on the exterior of the building to preserve the interior surfaces exactly as they are. More specifically, construction crews will install steel beams within the walls and exterior tubing under what will become So the new roof and insulation. These will support the sagging structure and the new weight furn associated with roof insulation and possible buildup of snow.

ten years’ experience as owner/chef of Elmwood at Sparks, in Orange. Early in blem his career, Randy was trained in the French method, not just in cooking but also ABOUT imp Along with new systems and structural support, work continues on the new in kitchen management. Rochambeau currently busy Keswick Life is circulated to businessesisand locations in and assembling and training 9 COMMUNITY 12 KESWICK SCENE KESWICK LIFE hun bathrooms, kitchen and covered porch area. These will give our membership additional central Virginia for readers to pick up their free copy, a dream around team of professionals for both full-time and part-time Front of House, space for our most popular functions and improved functionality for food preparation. crea one per person please, with subscriptions throughtout severrawing over 150 attendees, PEC held their Annual On ofSunday, 14th,and the Keswick Back of alHouse, Catering/Events positions (readers areDinvited to “throw The conversion what was October the old kitchen storeroom intoFoxhounds usable space will add counties and in cenrtral Virginia and a few for those who have glow Meeting on October 21 at historic Castle Hill Farm incapacity “Came Home”to their newWekennel. cutseating for approximately 40 people. estimate A the ribbon completion of the club moved their hats intoaway thethroughout ring”)! the United States and Canada. dign renovation the middle first quarter 2019. and Keswick Keswick. First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam was during ting followed byofathe Toast to the of Hounds

Where you can pick up a copy of Keswick Life! in attendance and spoke about the importance of con- Huntsman, Paul Wilson blew: ”Going Home” as he In addition to Pebble havingHill anShop, on-site herb and vegetable garden,serving Rochambeau willstate. Land conservation COMMUNITY lands in the has long led the hounds into the kennel. Photo journal on page The Shadwell Store, pictured above: also be partnering with local/regional farmers and fishermen, shaping its been a priority of the commonwealth, and for good 12! Wiley Brothers Real Estate Office - Orange, Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the Restaurant Opening Soon seasonally-driven around the finest ingredients. And on reason. Get the details the day on Rochambeau page 9! Keswickmenu Hall, Loring Woodriff Real natural/organic Estate, Authentic French Cuisine Coming to Main Street in Gordonsville Comte de Rochambeau based on the Keswick Guptons’ experience in Montpelier, running their own vineyard near Saint Club, Clifton Inn, Emilion a Somerset number of years ago, foodies rest assured that the wine selection Excitement is building as Restaurant Rochambeau prepares to open its doors Store, Cismont Store, Incan Vino Veritas, later this month, on Main Street in Gordonsville. Focused on authentic French will be outstanding! cuisine, the restaurant is located in the space previously occupied by the Foods of All Nations, Laurie Holladay Interiors,

McLean Faulconer, Monticello, Frank Hardy, Inc., aptiste Donatien de Feast, Vimeur, the Comte Middleburg Tack Exchange, ouis XVI as Faulconer leader of Hardware, the 5,500-person The Eternal Attic, Albemarle rican Continentals independence Bakery,win Palladio, Darden, Roy Wheeler Realty

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Restaurant Pomme for over a dozen years. It features a formal dining room with a working fireplace, outdoor dining on the terrace, a separate bar, and space for private events. Rochambeau will also be providing catering services.

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Assisting the restaurant’s owners (Jacqueline and Bruce Gupton) in the startup is Chef Randy Cooper, who is well known to many in the area based upon his ten years’ experience as owner/chef of Elmwood at Sparks, in Orange. Early in his career, Randy was trained in the French method, not just in cooking but also in kitchen management. Rochambeau is currently busy assembling and training a dream team of professionals for both full-time and part-time Front of House, Back of House, and Catering/Events positions (readers are invited to “throw their hats into the ring”)!

The story of Country House Antiques started with a dream passion for horses, hounds, hunting, the Virginia countryside houses. I remember going with my Mother to antique auctio In addition to having an on-site herb and vegetable garden, Rochambeau will pictured above: also be partnering with local/regional farmers and fishermen, shaping its child, holdingJeanonto her hand, and feeling absolutely fascina Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the seasonally-driven menu around the finest natural/organic ingredients. And Comte de Rochambeau based on the Guptons’ experience in running their own vineyard near Saint sound of the auctioneer’s voice, the competition of people Emilion a number of years ago, foodies can rest assured that the wine selection will be outstanding! losing, and the fantastic pieces that were being sold. I was hor 11 COMMUNITY 22 UPDATES Major improvements areantiques coming to the kennel as well. Put simply, it is going tolove be The restaurant is named in honor of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the Comte equestrian and art and shared my Mother’s Rochambeau, who was appointed by Louis XVI as leader of the 5,500-person fantastic. Along a more attractive with functional venting, AdeFrench kickoff forsent the active phase of the W e with asked andoriental Keswickroofline Hall responded with a fullconstruction armilitary force to help the American Continentals win capital independencecampaign furniture and rugs. from British rule. A veteran of a number of sieges in Europe, he provided valuable crews have retrofitted the interior to create more usable and healthier for “Opus 77” was recently Castle ray of details for the upcoming renovations. Seespaces the for our expertise that helped ensure victoryheld in the Battle of Yorktownat in August 1781. Hill on the hounds dining along with a newand whelping area to the North. Under the wise guidance of pictured above: The formal room afternoon of Sunday, October 21andThe committee photos andwe allat the facts on page 22. can move The Guptons are friends with Rochambeau’s descendants, have visited the Paul seWilson and estimate that our hounds into their antiques, new home As a others, student Mary Baldwin College, I studied family’s chateau in Thoré-la-Rochette. Five years Town of Gordonsville at ago, lefttheat outdoor dining on the terrace lected to replace the old organ Grace Church orgaduring October. became a Sister City with his home town, and (as a tangible sign of the common design and rode on the Intercollegiate Riding Team, competing bond) a portion the restaurant’s profits will go to Les Amis Rochambeau, the a groupcongreganized theofevent at Castle Hill to deupdate in France that assists in maintaining Rochambeau’s chateau and keeping his memory Sweet Briar, Hollins, UVA and others. It was a glorious time pictured above: The formal diningclubhouse room and While we have made good progress on the and kennel, work has not alive on their progress. Get the details on page 11. tion at left outdoor dining on the terrace study antiques and art and also compete and ride regularly. commenced on a new horse barn or huntsman’s cottage due to lack of funds. Our fundraisingemployed effort continues but quite simply we do notan have widespread participation by The Finishing Touch, interior design and antiq necessary to the project. For those of you who wish to participate but have incomplete Lynchburg and Wintergreen.

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OCTOBER Over the years, I worked with interior design2018 and furniture b Please make a point of driving by the club to see the project. We are very excited and at Smith Mountain Lake. I continued to ride, but trade about our progress and believe the membership will delight the finished hunt field, and enjoyed foxhunting with ainnumber of project. hunts t We also offer thanks to those that have made this possible and to Uhler and Company 1994, I moved to Keswick and joined the Keswick Hunt Club.


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.Sold inthis Glenmore this last is 548 Drumin Sold in Glenmore last month is month 548 Drumin Road, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath,at3832 sf home listednew at $683k bed, 3.5 bath,Road, 3832 asf4home listed $683k and sold with and sold new with upgrades for $750k. 2075 upgrades for $750k. 2075 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5Piper baths Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3792 sf started at and 3792 sf started at $538k and sold for $484k. 1943 Piper $538k and sold for $484k. 1943 Piper Way with 3 beds, Way with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2954 sf listed at $625k sold 2.5 baths and 2954 sf listed at $625k sold for $620k. for $620k. 3578 Glasgow 3.5 baths bathsand and3695 3695sf 3578 GlasgowLane Lanewith with44 beds, beds, 3.5 sf sold for $675k. Around the area 6295 Gordonsville Road, sold for $675k. Around the area 6295 Gordonsville “High Ground Cottage”, with 3 beds, 2.5 baths 2227 on Road, “High Ground Cottage”, with 3and beds, 2.5 sf baths 15 acres listed at2227 $775sfand sold forlisted $630k. 5899and Gordonsville and on 15 acres at $775 sold for Gordonsville beds,listed 2 bathsat Road with 2 $630k. beds, 5899 2 baths and 1898Road sf onwith 9.3 2acres andfor 1898 sf on1075 9.3 acres listed atRoad $679kwith and 4 sold for 3 $679k and sold $650k. Richmond beds, $650k. with 41071 beds,Club 3 baths and baths and 2962 sf on1075 3.4 Richmond acres soldRoad for $395k. Drive 2962 sf on 3.4 acres sold for $395k. 1071 Club Drive in Keswick Estates, a 4 bed, 3+ bath, 3758 sf home on 2.1 acresin Keswick Estates, a 4 bed, 3+ bath, 3758 sf home on 2.1 listed at $865k sold for $785k. 4534 Deer Bonn Road with 3 acres listed at $865k sold for $785k. 4534 Deer Bonn beds, 1.5 baths and 1196 sf on 2.2 acres listed at $159.9k sold Road with 3 beds, 1.5 baths and 1196 sf on 2.2 acres for $125k andlisted 7190atWyatt Lane 3 beds, baths and Lane 1056 $159.9k soldwith for $125k and2 7190 Wyatt sf on 2 acres with listed3 at $230k and sold for $210k beds, 2 baths and 1056 sf on 2 acres listed at $230k and sold for $210k

Under contract in Glenmore is 3375 Darby Road with 5 beds, contract in Glenmore is 3375 Darby 4.5 baths andUnder 4858 sf, started at $720k and down to Road $699kwith af- 5 4.5 baths and 48584 sf, started $720kand and6822 down ter 190 days. beds, 1656 Piper Way with beds, 3.56atbaths toat$699k after after 190 days. 1656Around Piper Way beds, sf on 1.1 acres $1.495m 20 days. the with area 44985 3.56 baths and 6822 sf on 1.1 acres at $1.495m after Moriah Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3719 sf on 2 acres at20 days. Around the areaRoad 4985 with Moriah Way with 4 beds, $575k in 24 days. 680 Campbell 3 beds, 2.5 baths 3.5 baths and 3719 sf on 2 acres at $575k in 24 days. 680 and 1680 sf on 3.8 acres at $296.5k in 32 days. 1390 Pleasant Campbell Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 1680 sf on 3.8 Valley Lane with 1.5inbaths and 1390 1151Pleasant sf on 2.1Valley acresLane at acres 4atbeds, $296.5k 32 days. $180k in 4 days and Lot 58, a lake front lot on Palmer Drive, with 4 beds, 1.5 baths and 1151 sf on 2.1 acres at $180k Keswick Estates with and 3.1 Lot acres $425k in Drive, 819 in 4 days 58,from a lake$528.8k front lottoon Palmer days. Keswick Estates with 3.1 acres from $528.8k to $425k in 819 days.

New this month in Glenmore is 3238 Heathcote Lane with 4 month Glenmore 3238 Court Heathcote beds, 4 bathsNew andthis 4804 sf at in $659k. 1545 isElgin withLane 5 with 4 beds, and 4804 sf at $659k. 1545with Elgin beds, 4.5 baths and 5034 4sfbaths at $895k. 351 Winding Road Court 5 beds, 4.5 bathsor and 5034 sf4 at $895k. 351 3 beds, 3 baths andwith 2043 sf at $412.7k 4 beds, baths and Winding Road with 3 beds, 3 baths and 2043 sf at $412.7k 2126 sf at $490k, these are the new homes being built. 1362 or 4 beds, 4 baths and 2126 sf at $490k, these are the new Sandown Lane with 4 beds, baths and Lane 4761 with sf at4 $895k. homes being built.4.5 1362 Sandown beds, 4.5 3092 Darby Road with 6 beds,7.5 baths and 7823 at $829k baths and 4761 sf at $895k. 3092 DarbysfRoad with 6 and 3510 Wedgewood Court withsf 3at beds, 3 baths and 2250 beds,7.5 baths and 7823 $829k and 3510 Wedgewood sf at $494.9k.Court Around area3 21 Deerview in Keswick withthe 3 beds, baths and 2250 Road sf at $494.9k. Around Glen with 4 beds, 2.521baths and 2998 1.9 acres $464.8k the area Deerview Road sf in on Keswick Gleniswith 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 29984 sf on 1.9 $464.8k 102e and 1025 Pelham Drive with beds, 4.5acres bathsis and 4340and sf on recent 5 Pelham Drive with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 4340 sf 4.2 acres is $629.5k on 4.2 acres is $629.5k

Reduced in Glenmore is 1631 Gateway Place with 4 beds, 3.5 Reduced in Glenmore is 1631 Gateway Place with 4 beds, baths and 5807 sf is down from $919k to $889k in 151 days. 3.5 baths and 5807 sf is down from $919k to $889k in 2206 Piper way with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5807 sf is down 151 days. 2206 Piper way with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5807 from $749k tosf$699.9k 150 days. Sandown Lane with1432 6 is downinfrom $749k1432 to $699.9k in 150 days. beds, 5.5 baths and 7186 sf is down from $1.895m to $1.649m Sandown Lane with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 7186 sf is down in 235 days. 3384 with beds, 4.53384 bathsCesford and from Cesford $1.895m Grange to $1.649m in 5235 days. 5820 sf is down from $945k to4.5 $799k 223 days 3270 Grange with 5 beds, bathsin and 5820 sf isand down from to beds, $799k in daysand and3150 3270 Melrose Lane with4 Melrose Lane$945k with4 3.5223 baths sf is down from beds, 3150 sf is down to $619k $649k to $619k in 3.5 44 baths days.and Around the areafrom 6554$649k Gordonsin 44 days. Around thewith area36554 Gordonsville Road, ville Road, “Misty Ridge Farm”, beds, 2.5 baths and “Misty Ridge Farm”, with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 5993 5993 sf on 20 acres is down from $1.14m to $1.09m in 240 days sf on 20 acres is down from $1.14m to $1.09m in 240 days and 5724 Hackingwood Lane with 3 beds, 3 baths and 2703 sf and 5724 Hackingwood Lane with 3 beds, 3 baths and on 32 acres is down from $765k to $735k in 71 days.

A Keswickian on Stage The ladies of country music were honored Wednes-

by CMT at their annual Artists of the Year celAday Keswickian On Stage

ebration. The evening was the first time that all wom-

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in Warrenton Hunt’s clay shoot placing 3rd, with Bill Sanford coming in 2nd overall.






























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The GOING OUT Guide Going Out Guide

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

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

What: Holiday Open House When: December 1 - 2 Where: Orange, Virginia

Step Into the Virginia Foothills and Spend the Weekend in Orange County James Madison said: "Let me recommend the best . journey, at a mild Season, medicine in the world: a long thro' a pleasant Country, in easy stages." Step into the Virginia Foothills December 1-2.

What: What Happened? Where: David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 4:30pm to 5:30pm What really happened between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton? Did they disagree in everything or were there some shared goals for our new country? Come hear a lively debate between rock-star historians, colleagues and friends Joanne Freeman, Annette Gordon-Reed, Barbara Oberg and Peter Onuf. Doors open at 4pm. A book signing by the speakers will follow the discussion. Event At A Glance: - Around 1 hour

What: Blessing of the Hounds

When: Thursday, November 22nd - 10 am Where: Grace Church. Cismont, Virginia First held on November 28, 1929, Grace Episcopal Church was one of the first churches in the country to have a “Blessing of the Hounds” service–a tradition that has continued each Thanksgiving Day since. By the late 1700’s in England, foxhunting had taken on the forms that remain today. It has been a popular sport in Virginia since colonial times, and it continues customs and traditions that are mostly English in origin. The blessing of hunting hounds is an ancient practice that today features traditions and rituals developed over the centuries. After the foxhunters, their horses and hounds, and even the foxes have been blessed, the hunt begins. All who attend “The Blessing of the Hounds” are welcome to follow across the road for a glimpse of this fascinating tradition.The recipients of this year’s Blessing of the Hounds funds will be: Rivanna Conservation Alliance and Wildlife Center of Virginia. Each group will receive one half of the proceeds from the donations collected from the Blessing of the Hounds Service. The Rivanna Conservation Society’s mission is the protection of the Rivanna River and its tributaries through community involvement, conservation, education, recreation, restoration, water-quality monitoring, and reporting. The Wildlife Center of Virginia was formed in 1982, to provide quality care, often in emergency situations, to native wildlife. It has treated more than 70,000 wild animals, trained a corps of wildlife medicine practitioners, and has provided wildlife education to 1.5 million school-children and adults across Virginia.

Visit the Town of Orange's Downtown Holiday Village, the Enchanted Extravaganza at The Market at Grelen, the Holiday Parade and Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting, and much more! Take in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountain vistas and the pastoral landscapes. Relax at a bed and breakfast. Experience the quiet solitude of winter as you hike in Shenandoah National Park. Taste Virginia wines. Stroll along quaint town streets and enjoy fine dining and eclectic shopping. Explore Civil War sites and historic landmarks. Learn more about the many experiences that await you in Central Virginia.James Madison's Montpelier invites you to a free community holiday event, in a gesture of thanks for the ongoing support of our neighbors and friends. Take a break from the holiday frenzy to relax and enjoy the season with a bit of history, tradition, and family-friendly activities. Make Montpelier a Part of Your Holiday Tradition The Madisons' home will be decorated according to 19th-century customs. The House is open for tours from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and the Madisons will be at home and greeting guests. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, kids' hands-on history crafts, a delicious soup buffet with cornbread, rolls, and pumpkin cake prepared by the Exchange Cafe ($10/ adults, $6/kids 12 and under), and free cookies and cider. Browse the galleries and do some Christmas shopping in the Museum Shop, where you'll get a 10% discount. Become a member, and enjoy an additional 10% discount! Register for an opportunity to win a gift basket worth $200. Bundle up and head out into the brisk weather, walking along Montpelier's 8+ miles of trails through horse pastures, meadows, and oldgrowth forests. Last House tour 4:00 PM

You Can Give Back! Please consider a contribution in this season of giving. Support from members like you helps Montpelier bring to life the character of one of our most important founders and provides for the ongoing preservation of James and Dolley's home. Your generosity strengthens our mission as we continue the archaeological research to understand and interpret the enslaved community and provide civic education for today and tomorrow's leaders.

What: Christmas in Middleburg

When: Saturday December 1st at 8 a.m. Where: Middleburg, Virginia All year round, Middleburg’s beautiful 18th century village is unique - a hunt country capital, anchor of Virginia’s premier wine region, retail haven for antiques, fashion, center of fine dining, and lodging – all of which make it a memorable travel destination. On the first Saturday in December the community becomes a Christmas experience like no other Christmas in Middleburg. Middleburg is the perfect setting for evoking the Christmas spirit — tree lighting, a Christmas parade, shopping, caroling, and so much more. Stay at one of the picturesque inns or the incomparable Salamander Resort & Spa. Relax in the countryside without missing a moment of the Christmas magic. Join one of the most fun-filled family festivals of the year in Middleburg with activities, special events, great eats, the famous Middleburg Hunt Review, a mile-long Christmas parade. Afterwards, experience a Middleburg evening in our bistros, cafes, pubs, and restaurants joining in the Spirits of Middleburg. Friday night, before the parade, the wonder begins with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join us for this quiet, moving ceremony of lights and song to get your spirit in the mood for Christmas. Saturday is a full day of family festival activities, where the community comes together, celebrates a spiritually moving holy season, and individuates itself eccentrically and endearingly in doing so. The day begins with Breakfast with Santa and is followed by an iconic Middleburg Hunt review with riders on horseback and a pack of hounds coming down the main street. After lunch, the Christmas Parade begins, featuring foot beagle hunt clubs, polo clubs, animal affinity groups (corgi owners, Great Pyrenees owners, llama and alpaca owners, etc.), community groups (VFDs, schools, scouts, churches, clubs), enthusiasts groups (MG cars, old fire trucks, Mini Coopers, muscle cars), business floats, reenactment bands (Civil War, Revolutionary War, Scots highlands), high school bands, and Santa on his coach drawn by matched Ayrshires closing the parade. For further information :571-278-5658 e:

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Towers of Power: Dominion Remington-Gordonsville Project Progressing BY GRACIE HART BROOKS COURTESY OF THE MADISON COUNTY EAGLE

For the past few weeks, Dominion contractors have been constructing the foundations and erecting monopoles along Route 15 in Orange as part of the Remington-Gordonsville transmission upgrade. This is part of the first phase of the project and includes a 4.5-mile stretch from Orange to near the Macmillan Publishing Services facility on Route 15. Pictured are the monopoles and lines that are replacing the older and more modest wooden frame construction.

timeline remains constrained due to material order lead times and prearranged power line outage sequencing; therefore, no further extensions are possible.”

Mathe wrote that if the deadline wasn’t met, Dominion would move forward with the monopole option in its existing right-of-way.

After years of planning and public meetings, construction has begun on Dominion’s Remington-Gordonsville transmission project.

“This is an outcome we prefer to avoid, but it is a reality that cannot be overlooked as we must meet our regulatory obligations to provide reliable power in a timely manner,” he wrote.

Approved and authorized by the State Corporation Commission in late August 2017, the project will upgrade the existing 115kV transmission line from Remington to Gordonsville to a 230kV line and switch the existing 53-foot wooden H-frame structures to 103-107-foot tall steel monopoles. The new monopoles require a 100-foot right-of-way, which was already existing in some portions and had to be obtained in others where the width was only 70 feet.

It’s unknown if the October 1st deadline was met. Phase three, a five mile segment from Remington to Brandy Station, is also supposed to start this fall and be completed by May 17, 2019. Phase four, five miles from Brandy Station to Mountain Run, would then begin in spring 2019 and be finished by Dec. 1, 2019, followed by phase five, 6.6 miles from Mountain Run to Mitchells. Phase five also includes a 2-mile segment from Somerset to Gordonsville, with a start date of fall 2019 and completion of March 1, 2020, and a 0.8 mile reconductor construction near Louisa from fall 2019 to March 1, 2020. The project will end with phase six from near MPS to Somerset with construction expected to begin in the winter of 2019 and be completed by May 31, 2020.

In order to maintain reliability throughout the construction of the project, it was split into six phases, the first of which is expected to be completed at the end of November. The first phase includes two sections—one 0.3 mile length near Mitchells and a 4.5 mile stretch from Orange to near the Macmillan Publishing Services facility on Rt. 15. Poles are already up in Orange and Dominion Virginia Power Senior Communications Specialist Rob Richardson said workers begin pulling wire last week. However, the next phase may prove to be more difficult. The second phase is expected to begin this month and includes 11.2 miles from Orange to Mitchells. It’s expected to be complete by Dec. 1, 2019, and includes a potential section of a shorter H-frame structure. As part of the SCC’s approval, Dominion was granted the flexibility to utilize shorter structures where feasible along 24.1 miles of the approximately 38-mile stretch. That option was narrowed down to a 4.5-mile segment of the project located in the Rapidan area of Orange County along Clark Mountain. It was the only route that received enough votes along a continuous stretch via mailed postcards to meet a minimum 3-mile length requirement.

Mathe said in June, offers for properties encumbered by Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) easements had been delivered and approval had been obtained from the VOF Board. However, Mathe said Dominion was unaware of internal steps VOF needed to complete in order to finalize those offers delaying them until late August. In order to utilize the shorter structures, the right-of-way would need to be expanded to 140 feet and doing so has proven to be a complicated process. Originally, Dominion had a Sept. 1 deadline to conclude easement negotiations for the expanded right-of-way. However, according to Dominion Electric Transmission Communications Manager Greg Mathe, the process has taken longer than

expected. A new deadline of Oct. 1 was issued. “After reviewing the options available, a brief extension to Oct. 1 balances the community’s and company’s desire to implement the shorter structure option with the need to complete the entire project by the June 2020 in-service date,” Mathe wrote in a letter to landowners Aug. 28. “However, the company’s construction

Property owners along each phase of the project will be invited to a construction information session prior to it beginning. Those along phase one were invited to a meeting July 17 in the Town of Orange Public Works building. For more information about the project, visit about-us/electric-projects/power-lineprojects/remington-gordonsville-project.

Editors Note: Keswick Life has learned a group of property owners and other concerned citizens have begun to gather to assess the threat to Keswick farms and lands. As news on what can be done unfolds, we will keep you posted. The group plans to lead the fight to protect Keswick environs but pressuring Dominion Energy to bury the lines as to preserve the beautiful countryside in this historic area.




PEC Holds Annual Meeting in Keswick ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE

Building Strong Rural and Urban Communities

“Good ruralism and good urbanism go hand in hand,” said Chris Miller, President of The Piedmont Environmental Council. “Today is about providing residents and local elected officials with great examples that can be applied within our communities”. Drawing over 150 attendees, PEC held their Annual Meeting on October 21 at historic Castle Hill Farm in Keswick. First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam was in attendance and spoke about the importance of conserving lands in the state. Land conservation has long been a priority of the commonwealth, and for good reason. Conserving land is how we protect and honor Virginia’s rich history, environment and scenic beauty, and we would not be nearly as effective at conserving lands without the tireless, courageous work of our land trusts partners across the state,” said Northam.

First Lady Pamela Northam, an educator, environmentalist and longtime advocate, has taken a leading role in Hampton Roads and Virginia to protect water quality and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Most recently, the first lady has served as community outreach coordinator for Lynnhaven River NOW (LRN), a nonprofit environmental group. In this role, she oversaw advocacy and outreach programs for homeowners, congregations and businesses to help them to become more sustainable. The First Lady is a former science educator and chairs the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet with a focus on improving School Readiness in Virginia.

Following the First Lady’s remarks, keynote speaker Charles Marohn, President and Founder of Strong Towns, delivered the keynote address. Marohn began by stating, “I’m going to frame my talk by saying I’m not a preservationist. I’m not a conservationist. I’m not someone who comes to this conversation through that door. I have learned there are a lot of commonalities, a lot of common ground and there are a lot of things we can work on together.” A trained engineer and planner, Marohn said his non-profit, Strong Towns, has a mission to support a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient. “Why can we find millions of dollars to expand a highway and we can’t find $500 to put in a crosswalk?” asked Marhon. “Our cities are dripping with investment opportunities but they do not look like the investment opportunities that we have grown accustomed to. “Our investments today are small and we have become so obsessed with chasing the dollar out on the edge that we have ignored and missed the pennies, nickels and dimes that are laying there waiting for us to pick them up. And if we can reorient ourselves to slow down, recognize these gaps, recognize these investment opportunities, recognize where people are struggling in our communities and the little things it would take to address those struggles, not only can we put ourselves in a position to make investments that are going to benefit our cities, help us be more financially productive, make us strong and resilient again, but we can do it in a way where we actually improve people’s lives.” The day also included a variety of workshops, one of which allowed guests to tour the mid-18th century home on the Castle Hill Farm property, which is at the center of the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District and protected with a conservation easement. “PEC tries to engage, educate and empower people, so residents and local officials have the tools to go forward and do things within their communities,” said Miller. “Today, we presented examples to help enhance quality of life through historic preservation, park and greenway improvements, land conservation, energy systems, urban planning, and fiscal policy for smart growth.” “How many of you have installed solar panels at your home or farm? Or how many have put agricultural best management practices in place? Or donated a conservation easement?” Miller asked of the audience, with about a dozen raising their hands. “This is a room full of doers!”

Strong Towns President and Founder Charles Marohn is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Marohn has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. He is the lead author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns — Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 — as well as the author of A World Class Transportation System. Marohn has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America, and in 2017 was named one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen.

The day closed with recognition of Gordonsville Mayor Robert Coiner for his leadership in the restoration, redevelopment and improvement of urban parks and greenways in Gordonsville. PEC worked with local residents and the University of Virginia School of Architecture to improve access and connectivity within the town and link it to open space resources in the Madison Barbour Rural Historic District.

About The Piedmont Environmental Council: Since 1972, The Piedmont Environmental Council has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature. PEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and accredited land trust. Learn more at

PEC Director of State Policy Dan Holmes, Founder and President of Strong Towns Chuck Marohn and PEC President Chris Miller.




Thoroughbred Racing to Reopen in 2019 When Colonial Downs reopens for 15 days of live Thoroughbred racing in 2019 for the first time in six years, its race meet will occupy a new slot on the calendar different from the June/July schedule that had been the norm prior to closure. But as the track’s new owner, Revolutionary Racing, attempts to carve out a niche on the highly competitive mid-Atlantic circuit, Colonial intends to fully leverage its two most valuable assets in an attempt to become a regional—maybe even national—impact player: A nine-furlongturf course that can accommodate numerous rail placements and races each day, plus a purse structure that will be bolstered for the first time by revenue from historical horse racing (HHR) gaming machines. “One scenario we’re looking at is filling the gap between Laurel, Timonium and back to Laurel,” John Marshall, Colonial’s senior vice president and general manager, told TDN in a recent phone interview. Such an August dates placement would take advantage of the geographic lull of turf racing that annually occurs when neighboring Maryland shifts to its dirt-only fairgrounds bullring for a brief meet. “A second scenario that we’ve examined very closely is potentially opening in late September, after Kentucky Downs, Monmouth Park, and the Meadowlands all-turf meet,” Marshall explained. “Racing into October, we could be the second-highest purse level nationally in that spot, second to only Keeneland for those 15 days. “The other thing that that time slot does for us is it makes a natural spot for the migration of horses from the Northeast heading to Gulfstream and Tampa for the winter. We’ve got geography in our favor for outfits to stop in and run for some great purses and do some training and stabling before heading south.”Exact purse levels are also still under negotiation, Marshall said. He added that Colonial will no longer host an autumn Standardbred meet like the previous operator did, which puts fall dates in play for Thoroughbreds. “For 2019, we know

we’re going to run 15 live race dates,” Marshall said. “For 2020, we’re looking at 30 live race dates. We have not projected beyond that. As we examine both options one and two, we certainly need our horsemen and the racing commission to be on board, and we’re looking to cooperate with as many racetracks as possible.” But cooperation doesn’t always come easily in the mid-Atlantic, where competition for entries is already fierce, in part because the region is the most densely clustered area in the country for Thoroughbred racetracks. “We’re fully open to cooperate with all of the constituentsin the industry. We’re a very cooperative and collaborative group,” Marshall said. “Where we run into difficulty is where we look to cooperate with one track, we impose upon another. So there’s really no silver bullet that maximizes cooperation with all racetracks. But our doors are open to hear ideas from all the racetracks in the mid-Atlantic and maybe even beyond.” Mark Hubbard, a spokesperson for the track, said Colonial just received word that regulations approved by the Virginia Racing Commission for 3,000 HHR machines at the track and its statewide off-track-betting (OTB) network were okayed by the governor and the attorney general, meaning the opening for simulcasting and HHR gaming at Colonial is on schedule for next April. Marshall said that when his transition team first arrived at Colonial in July, they were “pleasantly surprised” at how little the infrastructure had deteriorated since the track’slast live racing season in 2013. “Everything was well-maintained over the past four years. The previous owner invested in maintaining the co ditions of the property,” Marshall said. Marshall spoke in particularly glowing terms about Colonial’s calling card— its massive and lush grass course that in previous years handled the burden of close to 90% of the races carded at the track. “The

turf course was race-ready the day we moved in, and we’ve maintained that condition,” Marshall said. “It’s starving for horses to be on it, and the stable area could accept horses at any moment.” In May, the Colonial turf course underwent its annual controlled burn to remove invasive weeds and provide nutrients for new growth. “It’s part of the maintenance program,” Marshall said. “Since then it’s been maintained so well that we haven’t had any weed intrusion. . This turf course has got to be in the best condition it’s ever been, today.” The grandstand and clubhouse are a blur of daily construction as part of an overall facelift and image change, which will feature an industrial-modern look. In what is quite possibly a racing industry first, an all-female design firm, Within Interior Design, Inc., of Norfolk, Virginia, was hired to renovate the 21-year-old facility “This is not going to be your father’s racetrack,” Hubbard said. “Horse racing is very much a centerpiece of this project, but we’re presenting it in a way that no one’s ever seen before.” Marshall explained further: “We understand that our main demographic for HHR business is going to be predominantly females 55-years-plus. The challenge that we posed to Within was to consider this job as designing a sports bar for women. What would it look like? So we are going to lean toward feminine design in a lot of ways. “Traditionally, we all know racetracks to be attractions to men, 60-plus, with cigar smoke and mutuel tickets on the floor,” Marshall continued. “In this case, you’ll walk through the main entrance and be greeted with a lot of equine imagery, modern art, modern décor. It’s going to be high-energy, fast-paced. You’re going to see very modern finishes, a lot of metals and irons, pastel colors, different textures. And you’re going to feel as though you’re not in a racetrack, but you’ve got the option to go out on the apron and enjoy racing as we all know it.” Colonial has also set aside 300 acres on the property for special-event use.

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Recycle, Repurpose and Reinvent is the Keswick Way ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE

A kickoff for the active phase of the capital campaign for “Opus 77” was held recently at Castle Hill on the afternoon of Sunday, October 21 The committee selected to replace the old organ at Grace Church organized the event at Castle Hill to update the congregation on their progress. Generously hosted by Ann and Peter Taylor. Ann Taylor wecomed the large crowd and the program was kicked off by Barclay Rives who presented a comprehensive history of the church. The event was context for learning about the historic relations between Castle Hill and Grace Church and learning more about Opus 77 from the architect, the organ builders, and the Campaign Committee of the church. Michael Latsko, Grace’s Director of Music and organist, explained that its acoustic will be a rich, warm sound that will enhance both choir and congregational singing. Sharon Merrick ,who heads the OrganCapital Campaign stressed how important the new organ was to Grace.All of Keswick has reason to get behind “Opus 77” and to help assure that, as Grace Church approaches its 275th anniversary, it will have a future as distinguished as its past. Tradition counts heavily with Grace Church. Fronting along Gordonsville Rd., its Gothic tower stands among even taller ancient oaks. An Episcopal church has stood here for more than 250 years. Founded in 1745, it is the oldest institution in Keswick, and one of the oldest – possibly the oldest – in Albemarle County. The original church building has been replaced, of course, and the name of the church has changed over the years: from Mountain Chapel to Middle Church, to Bellvoir Church, to Walker’s Church, and finally, in 1855, to Grace Church – a name that is surely permanent. Grace is one of only a handful of Episcopal churches in Virginia that have been active since colonial times. Its existence owes heavily to the aspirations and labors of Judith Page Rives of Castle Hill, granddaughter of Dr. Thomas Walker and wife of William Cabell Rives, U.S. Senator and also Minister to France. Judith Rives believed the house of God should be “the best and most costly edifice in the parish,” She solicited the design from William Strickland, a student of Benjamin Latrobe and perhaps the most famous American architect of his day. Grace Church is Strickland’s only work in Virginia. Many episcopal churches are named “Grace,” but in this case the name also carried personal meaning, for Judith Rives son, William Cabell Rives, Jr., married Grace Winthrop Sears in 1849, while the Church was under construction. Grace’s father, David Sears, was one of Boston’s wealthiest men, and he contributed to the Church a 1,575 pound bell, inscribed “To Madam Rives of Castle Hill from David Sears of Boston, 1854.”That bell, the four walls, and the tower of Grace Church were all that survived a catastrophic fire in 1895. But what had been consumed was quickly restored, thanks to an insurance policy privately purchased by another noted Keswickian, John Armstrong Chaloner, a great-great grandson

old building) will be made, and some safety issues addressed. But the beauty of the Church’s interior will be retained and enhanced. The second result of the renovation will be the installation of a beautiful new pipe organ. The organ is being built by Taylor & Boody, a world-class firm located just over the Blue Ridge in Staunton. George Taylor and John Boody and their associates have built fine organs for many prominent churches, but they have a special affection for historic Virginia churches like Grace. The instrument now under construction for Grace Church is the seventy-seventh organ they have built, and so the Church named the renov tion project “Opus 77.” Grace is also benefiting from the expertise of Dana Kierkegaard, a renowned architect and acoustic specialist, who has extensive knowledge and experience of organ installations and especially in Gothic Revival churches like Grace.

of John Jacob Astor. The same bell has tolled the hour of worship every Sunday since, sounding along the slopes of the Southwest Mountains. Another freak accident occurred more recently, in October of 2015, when a nearly biblical rain caused irreparable damage to the organ. This “act of God” has become a God given opportunity for the congregation and friends of Grace Church to make their contribution to the future, as previous generations have done. In response to this event, the Church carefully explored many options and is planning renovations that will have two results. The first will be historical restoration to bring the sanctuary and chancel into conformity with Gothic Revival style intended by William Strickland. Although the changes will not be major, they will be noticeable. One dramatic result will be to illuminate the sanctuary by opening it up to the large tower window, which has been obscured since the 1940s by the mechanisms of the existing organ. Besides the gain in light and airiness, this will also allow for a small gallery at the rear of the nave, useful for musicians on special occasions.

The new organ is intended not only to enrich the worship services of Grace Church, but also to make Grace Church a musical venue for the Keswick community at large, attracting talented organists to give concerts and inviting other musical groups, both choral and instrumental, to offer performances. Incorporating the old with the new, oak lumber salvaged from several Grace Church trees uprooted in the 2013 derecho, will be used for some flooring and for the organ casing. Some of the old organ pipes will become part of the new organ, to symbolize continuity. Recycle, repurpose and reinvent is the Keswick way! Refurbishing the Church and installing the organ means services will be held in the parish hall for several months, beginning shortly after Christmas this year. This brief inconvenience will be far outweighed by the long-lasting results to be enjoyed by both the Grace congregation and the Keswick Community. For more information on “Opus 77”, go to http://www.gracekeswick. org/organ-projectinformation. html. Pictured at Center:: The portrait of Judith Page Rives that hangs in the hall way of Castle Hill

In addition, more space will be created at the front of the sanctuary and the chancel will be enlarged, better to accommodate baptisms, weddings, concerts and plays. Structural improvements (invisible but important in an

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The History of the Keswick Hunt Kennels by Barclay Rives

In the early decades, KHC hounds lived at the Master’s residence. Julian Morris (MFH 1901-1913, 19261929) kenneled the pack at The Oaks, across the railroad tracks and over Mechunk Creek at the end of Tyler’s Shop (Clarke’s Tract) Road. John C. Stewart (MFH1929-1932) gave hounds an upgrade into handsome quarters at Harkaway, beneath Sugar Loaf Mountain. At the same time, the club also maintained a pack of drag hounds at Marletotz (next to South Plains Church, now called Heathcote), which was the home of Mary Jackson MDH, (Master of Drag Hounds). The foxhounds later moved across Route 22 to Oakdale, home of Arthur Talcott (MFH 1934-1937). Those early kennels did not need to be spacious, elaborate, or even sturdy, because the club kept fewer hounds. In October 1900, KHC had a total of eight hounds. In 1930, the Master reported a total of eight and a half couple. Andrew Branham, who was huntsman in the 1940s and ‘50s, generally went hunting with fewer than a dozen hounds. In 1937, KHC President Linton Massey declared it was wasteful to keep constructing kennels all over the neighborhood. He proposed building kennels and a huntsman’s house on hunt club property. The Board authorized a loan of $2,000, which was the estimated cost for kennels, as well as a three-room house, winterizing three existing horse show stalls, and a new hound truck. R. O. Hall of Keswick Farm oversaw the construction, which was completed in May, 1937. The kennels lasted nearly 30 years. By 1966, they had deteriorated beyond repair. John J. (Jake) Carle II, (MFH 1964-2000) designed and helped finance a new masonry and concrete kennel, with separate lodging rooms for dogs and bitches on either side of a central feeding and handling room. The building included a refrigerated flesh room, feed bins, and a massive gas-fired cast iron cook pot, which produced nutritious and economical hound feed. Chita Hall provided temporary shelter for hounds in her kennels at Fox Hill during construction of the new facility, which cost $5,000.

Keswick Hunt Club’s Celebration of the New Kennel On Sunday, October 14th, the Keswick Foxhounds “Came Home”to their new kennel. A ribbon cutting followed by a Toast to the Hounds and Keswick Huntsman, Paul Wilson blew: ”Going Home” as he led the hounds into the kennel. The 8 week renovation of the Keswick Hunt Club Kennels began in mid August and was completed in mid October, 2018. The renovation design was a collaboration between Paul Wilson, KHC Huntsman and Uhler and Company, design build. The goal of the project was a complete renovation of the kennels to maximize the square footage within the existing building footprint as required by the county ordinance. The completed effort is a state of the art facility with new hound kennels, updated fixtures, electric, water and sewer and a modernized area that can be maintained with minimal maintenance. The whelping lodges, hot bitch yards and puppy areas were completely redone as well as food storage and isolation areas for sick hounds. Washer and Dryer, heated areas and cupola fans were added to improve the overall utility of the buildings.

Jake Carle raised KHC puppies at his homes The Covert and Raynham Hall, until 1987, when the puppy kennel was built adjacent to the main kennel. The puppy kennel was dedicated to the memory of Alexander Rives (MFH 1947-1954). At the same time, whelping pens were constructed next to the hunt stable, which had been built in 1977 and was dedicated to the memory of Jamie Terrill (MFH 1937-1945). Pathogens have recently contaminated the soil around the whelping pens, necessitating maternity outsourcing. Vickie Collins as well as Andy Lynn (MFH 2005-2017) kindly provided lodging for the whelping and early weeks of the 2018 entry. Dr. Robert Harmon kindly allowed the use of his kennel at Springdale for the genesis of the 2019 entry.




Strong Performances by Jill Wilson and Sandy Rives, KHC Ties for Reserve Champion at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show History and pageantry were evident in the arena at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, as competitors in the Hunt Night classes brought their unique style, foxhounds and fun-loving attitude to this traditional facet of riding.Members from 13 recognized or registered Hunts, from all across Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, traveled to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in order to come together in friendly competition.

Tia Schurecht’s “Back Story.” The beautiful bay bested a field of 38 entries, the largest class of the night, to take home the blue ribbon. “I have been coming here for Hunt Night for a few years,” said Wilson. “Back Story” is pretty amazing. He has done all the big show hunter stuff and his owner has taken him out hunting because she wants to do something a bit different with him. It was fun for me to get the opportunity to show him.”

The Hunt Teams competition, always a hotly contested class where three riders from the hunt follow each other over a course of fences and then for the last fence, jump in unison, saw 16 teams vie for the title.

With these wins Jill also won the Leading Lady Rider tied with Marlene Allen from Potomac. Sandy Rives placed 2nd in the Gentleman’s Hack to help Keswick amass 22 points to finish only 1 point behind Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds for the Reserve Championship. Although the rest of the team of Lizzie Rives, Darlene Murphy, Yvonne Wilson, and Shelley Payne, didn’t add any points, everyone had fun and enjoyed the camaraderie of competing with fellow foxhunters from all over.

In order to be eligible for Hunt Night, horses must be ridden by a Hunt member and must have hunted at least three times. Jill Wilson, representing the Keswick Hunt, took first place in the Ladies Hunter Hack and second place in the Riders under 35 with

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The Keswick Hunt Club Hunt Night Team at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Sandy Rives on Outfoxed, Lizzie Rives on Krispy Kreme standing Jill Wilson, Darlene Murphy, Shelley Payne and Ivonne Wilson, photo credit: Al Cook Photography



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The Morven House, now owned by the University of Virginia Foundation, is more than 200 years old.Thomas Jefferson purchased the land for the house back in 1795. Now, the house is getting some upgrades including additional rooms and accommodations that are more suited to the 21st century.Renovations are expected to begin sometime in spring 2019.“So if you come back in a year and a half from now, what’s Morven going to look like? Well, the good news on a great renovation is that the bones of the house are the same, but it’s better,” Stewart Gamage, the director of programs at Morven House, said. “You get a better bed, a better bathroom, and a better place to have breakfast.” The house will remain closed until the changes are completed sometime in 2020. One of Albemarle County’s most historic homes will be renovated from stem to stern, just in time for its 200th anniversary. About a hundred years after its last full renovation, it’s time to refit and refinish Morven House, a spacious brick home on 2,913 acres at the base of Carters Mountain.Fred Missel, director of design and development for the University of Virginia Foundation, said the project will help maintain the building and make it easier to host conferences and international groups. The foundation manages the building on behalf of UVa, which uses the building for events, training and international conferences. Plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems all have reached the end of their lives, Missel said, and despite a few smaller projects over the years, it had become clear that an overhaul was needed.“A few things came together to nudge forward the need to renovate,” Missel said. “We all felt collectively that strategically, the best thing to do was to take the whole building offline and do a top to bottom renovation.” Morven was originally part of a 10,000acre grant to John Carter, the son of Robert “King” Carter, the Virginia colony’s most powerful landowner. The spot previously was called Indian Camp, presumably in reference to a Native American settlement nearby. Thomas Jefferson drew up some of the plans for the house for his friend Da-

vid Higginbotham, who built Morven in 1821. Higginbotham . The estate became a renowned horse farm in 1926 under Charles Stone, who added a west terrace and attic dormers to the main house and updated the gardens.“Morven survives as a di tinguished early-nineteenth century country house and farm complex in Albemarle County, and is regarded by many as the epitome of a Piedmont Virginia estate,” wrote Whitney Stone, Charles Stone’s son, in his application to add the estate to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. “The pleasing proportions of the house and its finely detailed features, such as the modillion cornice, are unusually well developed for a rural house of the period, and serve to emphasize the sophistication of country life in early Albemarle County.” After Whitney Stone and his wife, Anne Stone, died, John W. Kluge, Albemarle’s bi gest landowner at the time, purchased Morven in 1988 for $8.5 million. Then, in 2000, Kluge gave his estate to UVa. It was valued at more than $45 million at the time.“I have gotten to know the university, to respect its commitment to excellence and to see firsthand how it runs its business,” Kluge, who died in 2010, told The Daily Progress at the time of the donation. “I am entrusting the university with this property because I know that [UVa President] John Casteen and the people who follow him will be good stewards of this gift.”

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The UVa Foundation updated curtains, wallpaper and furnishings when the pr vost’s office began using Morven for events and programs. The historic trimmings will stay, Missel said.“We are keeping most of the spaces the way they are now,” he said. The foundation recently issued a request for proposals for a construction manager. According to the document, the project will include updating bathrooms, adding an elevator, creating additional guest suites from the current five and wiring for internet, TV and phones.The foundation already has hired Glave & Holmes Architecture to provide designs. Missel said the project’s budget has not been finalized and costruction is expected to begin in spring 2019.

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Autumn Reading, Rustling Leaves BY SUZANNE NASH Welcome to fall….at last! No more sweltering heat but the smell of a warm fire and simmering stews and apple pies. Something about colder weather and crackling fires makes me start looking for good mysteries. Maybe it’s the long nights or the mysterious nature of All Hallows Eve but this year I come prepared to offer some mysteries to entice you along with a few other books to suit the season.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware could easily have been a Halloween choice. It is Victorian gothic in nature and involves Harriet Margarite Westaway (Hal), a young woman who is down on her luck and desperate for a way out. She suddenly finds herself the recipient of a large fortune from a grandmother she didn’t know she had. Are the family correct in assuming that Hal is the same woman that Mrs. Westaway intended her fortune to go to? Certainly no one expected this strange young woman to be the beneficiary and so distrust and fear begins to creep into the story. The reader is as unsure as the protagonist and that keeps the pages turning. I have always enjoyed Ruth Ware’s writing, and this is a fun eerie little mystery perfect for this time of year. Lie to Me is a great debut psychological thriller from Jess Ryder that reads a bit more like a crime drama, but I enjoyed it be-

cause the characters and relationships were intriguing. What happens if you suddenly find out that perhaps your mother had a secret…one your father is determined to keep. Who do you trust? This is what happens to Meredith Banks when she inadvertently come across a VHS tape while cleaning out her Dad’s house. Three minutes of footage suddenly rocks her world. Maybe there was something more about her mother’s disappearance from her life than she previously thought. Suddenly Meredith finds herself investigating a cold case murder of a young woman 30 years ago and she starts to learn about her mother’s connection to it. The narrative comes from three different perspectives and jumps back and forth from present day to 1984 but don’t let that discourage you….the author manages to weave it all together and keeps the plot twisting and turning.

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton was written in 2007 so it is an older

mystery by a well-established Australian author. It is a manor house mystery that follows the memories of a house maid, Grace Bradley, as she looks back at her life from her residence in a nursing home. She is 99 years old and losing her memory and so things come back in bits and pieces which keeps the reader guessing. The home was

once owned by the Hartford Family and Hannah and Emmaline were the daughters of the owner, Frederick. In the summer of 1924 during a glamorous party held at Riverton, a poet, Robbie, commits suicide and it is witnessed by the daughters. A film director is taking a look back at the mystery so brings back to Riverton to try and get her to reflect back on what happened. What really happened is a secret kept for years but suddenly Grace is remembering it all…because she knows the truth. This book explores the mystery behind the death and the part each of the family and staff played in it. There is a Downton Abbey feel to the setting and it harkens back to a way of life long since passed. If you aren’t in the mood for a mystery, then The Library at the End of the World may be a nice change of pace for you. It is a feel-good lovely novel by Felicity Hayes-McCoy. Honestly all you have to know is that is that it takes place in Ireland and involves a library and a woman trying to find herself. That alone sold me on it! Hanna Casey is the main character who has left her life in London because she learns that her husband of many years has been having a twenty-year affair with a friend of hers. Her righteous anger prevents her from accepting any money from him in the divorce and that comes back to haunt her when she finds herself back in her hometown living with her grumpy mother. On the fictional peninsula of Finfarran jobs are scarce and so Hanna finds herself driving a mobile library around the country. Aloof and sad and a bit prickly Hanna must find her place in her village and decide what truly matters to her. The characters are great, from the surly builder who won’t give an estimate and tends to do things his way versus how Hanna wants them, to Conner, her library assistant who has the job so that he can continue farming. When it looks like the county has plans to close down the library Hanna must find a way to connect to all of the library patrons so that they can save their connection to literature. I hope one of these books will find a place by your bedside or perhaps alongside the fireside chair as well start into the colder months! Put another log on and settle in to the cozy season that is fast upon us!

WHAT'S COOKING Parmesan Polenta Fries

BY SAM JOHNSON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CULLINARY | 1776 I love this recipe. So simple and can be a fun addition to your fall cocktail parties or dinner menu. Just when you thought fries couldn't be dressed up. Here comes the parmesan polenta fries. I hope you love them as much as I do. Ingredients

• 3 1/4 cups water • 1 cup polenta • 2-3 tbsp fresh chopped herbs (parsley, basil, sage, rosemary), plus more to garnish • 2 tbsp butter • 1 ½ tsp truffle oil • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional), plus more to garnish • Salt and ground pepper, to taste

Step 1

Combine water, polenta, herbs, and a bit of salt in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking the mixture together. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

onto a cutting board) and cut into sticks about the size of thick french fries. Brush the polenta fries with oil on all four sides and space evenly on baking sheet. Broil about 4 inches from heat until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool before gently removing from parchment paper.

Step 2

Step 4

After about 10 minutes, add in the butter and parmesan cheese (if using), stirring to combine. Once polenta is done cooking, transfer to a baking dish, spreading evenly. Allow to cool uncovered for about 45 minutes. You can also cover and keep refrigerated for up to one day.Preheat your broiler on high. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush with coconut or olive oil.

Top with truffle salt, fresh chopped herbs, a dusting of parmesan or nutritional yeast, and a liberal dosing of truffle oil. Serve with a zesty tomato sauce to a kitchen full of friends!

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Remove polenta from baking dish (turn upside down




WEDDINGS Nicolette Margaret Merle-Smith and Joel Allan Scholz Nicolette Margaret Merle-Smith was married to Joel Allan Scholz on October 6th, 2018 on her parents’, Grosvenor and Rosemarie Merle-Smith, Sunny View Plantation in Louisa, Virginia. The pair met several years ago while hunting in Tennessee, but became closer last June when Nicolette began posting screenshots of her online dating fails to her social media pages. Whether it was an intelligent move or not, Joel asked Nicolette’s father for her hand in marriage, a few months into the courtship, while at the shooting range. And as if recreating a fairytale scene, the couple became engaged a few days later while riding out on their favorite hunt horses. All within the same time frame, the couple applied and was accepted to ride in the toughest, longest horse race in the world, the Mongol Derby. Looking at an October wedding, racing in the Mongol Derby in August seemed like a manageable feat. Wondering whether that was a smart choice, Nicolette and Joel set out to get fit to race and organize their own do-ityourself wedding. Required to raise money for a charity of choice, the couple opted to donate their entire wedding registry to (the suggested charity of the Mongol Derby) “Cool Earth,” a charity that raises money to help preserve land. As avid foxhunters, they believe preserving land is tremendously essential. Nicolette and Joel spent the month of August in Mongolia with Nicolette’s parents and her brother, Alexander, and his girlfriend, Rachel Larson. The 1,016 kilometer horse race ran from August 9th to 17th, and the couple safely completed it on the evening of the 16th. Dubbed the “Honeymooners,” the couple claimed the Mongol Derby as their official honeymoon, and (because why not?) decided to have a small Mongolian wedding ceremony at the finish line. Nicolette’s grandmother stated “if you can survive the Mongol Derby, then you must deserve each other.” The American wedding was nothing less than a continuation of the fairytale. Joel wore the very tuxedo Nicolette’s father wore to marry her mother. Nicolette’s intricate vintage style wedding gown was a dark ivory long sleeved fitted sheath with light ivory lace overlay and clear sequins throughout. The original brooch bouquets and boutonnieres were masterminded by Nicolette and handcrafted by Etsy designer and friend, Sara Shotwell Jaeger. The bouquets featured engraved (date of the special occasion) hunting horns as handles and the groomsmen wore the very same horns tucked into their shirts.

Wed under the old oak tree by Michael Murphy, the couple exchanged simple vows and their traditional Mongolian wedding bands. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the groom ran over to the vintage Portuguese deck cannon in front of the main house and set it off in celebration! The reception was held in the farm’s machine shed. The space was cleared, pressure washed, a homemade stage was built, and mismatched crystal chandeliers were hung over the dance floor. Fall foliage decorations were designed and provided by Marjorie MacDonald. Grosvenor’s Model T cars flanked the shed and proved to be an enormous hit with guests. Dinner was provided by Blue Ridge Café and seasonal pies were provided by The Pie Chest. The country and rock ’n roll cover band, Southside Station, played well into the night as friends and family celebrated the eccentric wedding to match the unique union between Nicolette and Joel.

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pictured above: .The bridal party on the porch at Keswick Hall

Nicolette and Joel on the porch of her parents’, Grosvenor and Rosemarie MerleSmith, Sunny View Plantation in Louisa, Virginia.; Nicolette and her father Grosvenor Merle-Smith; Nicolette and Joel competing in the 1,016 kilometer horse race A small Mongolian wedding ceremony at the finish line of the Mongol Derby; KESWICK LIFE



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BY TONY VANDERWARKER Ever put something away so well you can’t find it? Well, here’s another version of the same story. Son Vandy and his fiancée, Maddy, are out at a bar one night and after a few too many, get into a nasty tiff over something insignificant. She gets so irate that she wrenches the engagement ring off her finger and gives it back to him. After a couple steamy minutes, they cool off and make up. But the ring stays in Vandy’s pocket since she’s not quite ready to take it back. Then there’s the Uber ride back to their apartment and Vandy, in an effort not to rekindle the argument, decides to hide the ring from her. Of course, the next morning, he goes to where he thought he’d hid it and the ring isn’t there. He tears the apartment apart trying to find it and enlists Maddy in the search. But they can’t find it. Did it fall out of his pocket? Did he not bring it back to the apartment? Did he lose it in the Uber car? The more they tear apart the apartment, the more convinced they are that he’d lost it somewhere between the bar and home. Doesn’t help that their memories are clouded with alcohol, but now they’re talked themselves into believing that they must have lost it. Now this isn’t any simple engagement ring, it’s a honking big diamond surrounded by an oval of smaller stones. Plus the main diamond belonged to Vandy’s grandmother so it has a family pedigree. “I lost the ring,” Vandy admits to us on the phone. “No, you didn’t,” we tell him, it’s somewhere in your apartment, keep looking, you’ll find it.” “I swear it isn’t here. I sort of remember putting it somewhere but it’s nowhere to be found.” “Don’t worry, you’ll find it,” we insist but he’s stuck in the lost ring mode. “I’m going to chase down the Uber driver and check pawnshops,” he tells us. “Someone must have picked it up in the Uber, I’m convinced.” “Keep looking in the apartment,” we tell him. But he isn’t listening. Okay, a week later, in their minds the ring is gone, lost, stolen and they are heartsick about it. They’re both kicking themselves,

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The next week, he decides to replace the ring with a pink gold band he buys from jeweler friend of his. End of story? Not quite. Fast forward a month. They’ve got a wedding on Block Island the next weekend so Vandy goes into his sock drawer to find a clean pair to take with him. Inside one sock he feels something hard. “Is it a coin?” he thinks to himself. Fishing the object out of the sock, he finds THE RING!

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I can’t resist doing a “I told you so.” “I told you it was in the apartment,” I say to him. “You must be feeling really stupid for getting yourself so worked up about it. But don’t beat up on yourself, everybody’s done the same thing at one time or another. I lost my iPhone last week and your mother was convinced she’d taken it out of the car and it slipped out of her grasp and fell in the trash can.” Of course the trash had been picked up so we figured the phone was now in the landfill.










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“I’ll get you another, I’m so sorry,” she tells me. We go to Best Buy and pick out a fancy new iPhone. The next day, I hop on the mower, happen to look down, and there’s the old iPhone tucked in beside the seat. Of course, it had rained so even though we tried the rice treatment, the phone screen was mobbed with magenta streaks and wouldn’t turn on. Just like when I dropped my shoe phone into Lake Michigan, managed to retrieve it and called Motorola to see if they could save it. “Sir, we engineer our phones to be 99% water-resistant but I’m afraid you’ve gone to 100% so there’s nothing we can do, sorry.” That won’t be the only phone I drown or the only valuable Vandy hides from himself.

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This summer I spent three months give or take a week in Uganda. I stayed at an organization created to rescue girls from the slums and many times the sex trade. The organization is called Pure and Faultless. The place where the girls live and I visited is called Rahab’s Corner. The director of Pure and Faultless Uganda is Wangira Juamh. In Africa the last name comes first.

I was there to interview the girls so that I use their stories for a book I am writing about the remarkable work Juamh and his sister, Sanyu Moreen, the one who dreamed up the idea, are accomplishing. It all started with Moreen’s dream. Here is an anecdote from my time with these beautiful people. The queen’s wave is iconic. Everyone knows it. The shoulder is set to square and flat. All the way to the elbow, the upper arm lies pressed close to the chest. The handheld around shoulder level achieves its loft by a tight angle at the elbow. A pound note would be safely stored between the lower part of the upper arm and the forearm. The hand travels at a forty-five degree; the actual degree may vary, arc starting with the pinkie held toward her adoring subjects. In a clockwise motion, assuming she is using her right hand, she sweeps the jeweled and often gloved appendage around culminating in a full frontal palm. My wave is a bit more organic. You might even say less formulaic, so there is no need to delve into the slight degree changes that occur when I am greeting someone with a hand gesture. Our setups are the same, the Queen’s and mine. The engine of our greetings is where the real difference lies. Her’s in the wrist, mine in the big bumps at the end of your hand. The joints that scrape and make it impossible to get your drivers license out between the seat and the console. Having shot from your quaking hands when the state trooper climbed out of his car, the card is just out of reach thanks to those bumps. As the trooper places his hat on his head and his approach begins, you hold your bleeding in hand in other unsure of the best course of action. The paramount thought in this situation should be the attending to the rehearsal of your excuse for driving so fast. Instead, your brain is calculating. Do you have the time to open the door and climb on to the seat to get a better angle to snatch up the elusive permit? Or waiting, sharing your knuckle dilemma with the officer and hoping he won’t watch as you bend over the seat outside of the car to retrieve the aforementioned document.


Those knuckle joints are the power source of my particular brand of to and fro-ness greeting. I guess you could call me a finger waver. It doesn’t make as much difference to me, as it would, say the Queen if my digits are pointed outward or to the side as I flap them in Hello! What is essential is the subtle motion of my fingers. For my first few weeks at Rahab’s Corner, I routinely respond like this to lusty waves from various souls on our ways to and fro. Without exception, the initiator of the greeting would hustle right over to me. I would then hail them with a good fill in the time of day acknowledgment. We both waited expectantly for the other to say something. When nothing was forthcoming, we’d shrug, smile and continue on our way. One afternoon, from my room, I was headed to the kitchen. With some effort, I had corralled my flip flops on to my feet. The effort had to do with picking mine sandals out of the pile of shoes by the door. Africans take their shoes off outside of the house. Immersed as I was in listening to the flop swish of my tread on the tile walk, a movement out of the corner of my eye distracted my wondering if I could identify the sound of each tread. Glancing over, I saw Jumah in some haste coming down the stairs toward me from his office. He stopped mid-stair and waved. I smiled and waved back. I noticed that he too employed the same finger wag as I. He, again twitched his digits in my direction. I did the same laughing at this odd encounter. His smile turned upside down as his eyes squinted in puzzlement. He said with the slightest hint of impatience, ”Come here. I want to ask you something.” “Oh, Okay why didn’t you say so?” “I did,” he responded as I made my way over to him. He turned back up the stairs and disappeared into his office. I followed. “I thought you were waving at me.” “This,” he demonstrated a perfect replica of my wave, means, “come here. This,” he lifted his arm up in the air with his hand well over his head and to and fro-ed it boldly with the fulcrum at the elbow, “means Hello.”




Bramblewood In the Keswick Estate Area

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BRAMBLEWOOD is a stunning 522 acre private sanctuary in the Southwest Mountains and heart of the renowned Keswick Estate Area comprising lush lawns, open fields (approximately 165 acres), two ponds and beautiful mature hardwood forest in a protected and private valley. This magnificent property features a superb manor home built circa 2008 with over 14,000 square feet of finished living space and constructed of the highest quality materials and craftsmanship with undivided attention paid to every detail. The impressive grounds, with mature landscaping and two ponds, in addition to two other homes and a barn, complete this stunning estate. The six bedroom primary residence boasts Italian plaster walls and ceilings, cut limestone floors and moldings, six fireplaces, his/her studies, custom or antique lighting, multiple outdoor entertaining options, and a unique blend of exotic woods, stone, and metals. Each room was thoughtfully and meticulously planned for elegance and comfort. Highlights include: distinctive foyer with sweeping staircase; grand living room with 16’ barreled ceiling and two limestone fireplaces; spacious formal dining room with marble fireplace, built-in china cabinets and 17th century chandeliers; gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite counters, plus top-of-the-line appliances; generous main level master suite with unique domed ceiling, huge master bath and two walk-in dressing rooms; four additional ensuite bedrooms and library on upper level; attached 3-bay garage with guest quarters above; lower level with home theater, bedroom room and full bath, exercise room and storage rooms. For complete information visit our website:

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Mount Sharon Mount Sharon

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La Fourche La Fourche La Fourche - Significant property in heart of Keswick with a lovingly restored & La Fourchemain - Significant in heart updated house property with attached of Keswick with a lovingly restored & tavern, two dependencies & party barn. updated main house with attached The gracious home features an attractive tavern, two dependencies & partycenter barn. floorplan highlighted by a spacious The gracious home features an attractive hall leading to the first floor living, dining, floorplan & highlighted by a spacious kitchen library/media The hall leading to the first floor living, second & third floors have a lovely dining, master kitchen & with library/media room. The suite along five additional spacious second & third floors have a lovely master bedrooms, five & half baths & home suite along with additional spacious office. Just to thefive side of the house is a bedrooms, five & half baths home large patio with views of the & historic office. Just Mtns to thefor side of the house is a Southwest numerous outdoor large patio with views of the historic activities & enjoyment. Live large on the Southwest outdoor four acres Mtns and for yet numerous only minutes to activities & enjoyment. Live large on the Charlottesville & University of Virginia. four acres and yet only minutes to Charlottesville & University of Virginia. For further information contact Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250In the For further information contact Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250In the

Redcliffe Redcliffe Private setting with panoramic Blue Ridge views, minutes to downtown Private setting withc.panoramic Blue Ridge Charlottesville. 1902, beautifully views, minutes to downtown renovated 6,500 sq ft fieldstone manor Charlottesville. c. 1902, including beautifully with gracious additions a renovated 6,500 sq ft fieldstone manor professionally designed, kitchen/family with with gracious additions including room 15 ft ceilings, custom Englisha professionally designed, kitchen/family oak cabinetry, limestone floors, with a room stone with 15 ft ceilings, custom English large fireplace. A wide gallery off oak cabinetry, limestone floors, the kitchen connects the downstairswith livinga large stone fireplace. A wide gallery off spaces, creating perfect flow for a large the kitchen connects the downstairs living family or entertaining. Upstairs is a private spaces, creating perfect for a large master suite and bath,flow 4 additional family or entertaining. Upstairs is ainclude private bedrooms and 2 baths. Amenities master suite and bath, 4 additional a large soccer/athletic field, guest house, bedrooms 2 baths. Amenities salt water and pool and pool house,include 4-car a large soccer/athletic guest house, garage and beautiful, field, mature grounds. salt water poolviews. and pool house, 4-car Huge mountain garage and beautiful, mature grounds. Huge mountain views. For further information contact : Peter Wiley 434.293.3900 For further information contact : Peter Wiley 434.293.3900

$3,795,000 $3,795,000

$ 18,500,000 $ 18,500,000

$1,785,000 $1,785,000

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Arcourt Round Hill Misty Ridge Farm Arcourt Long after other homes have crumbled, Round Hill Misty Ridge Farm One of the loveliest farms in Albemarle Residential and Equestrian Property in the stone walls of ARCOURT will remain-

Located among other estates in the LINDENHunt RIDGE private 70Cty. The Keswick area–ofAAlbemarle Located among other 1920’s home is situated onestates a knollin in the the Keswick Hunt area of Albemarle Cty. The center of the manicured acreage, with 1920’s home is situated onMtns. a knoll in the dramatic views of the SW Close to center of the manicured acreage, with C’ville, this 4 BR home is insulated from dramatic views the SW Mtns. Close to road noise, andofextremely private. The C’ville, this 4 BR home is insulated from exterior includes a detached garage, road noise, andwith extremely private. The formal gardens irrigation, rear patio, exterior includes detached garage, and numerous largeaspecimen trees. Also formal gardens with irrigation, rear patio, included: guest cottage, entertainment/art and numerous large specimen trees. Also studio barn, stable, fencing, stream, gated included: guest cottage, entertainment/art entry. studio barn, stable, fencing, stream, gated entry. For further information contact Justin Wiley 434.981.5528 For further information contact t r Justin Wiley 434.981.5528 t r

$ 1,995,000 $ 1,995,000 20. 20.

after other have crumbled, aLong testament to thehomes quarried natural stone the stone walls of ARCOURT will and superb quality construction remainused to a testament to the natural stone create this one of aquarried kind estate. Spacious and superb quality construction used to (over 5800 finished sq. ft.) French-inspired create this one of aon kind estate. Spacious custom residence 22 private acres in (over 5800 Hunt finished sq. ft.) French-inspired Keswick Country, completely custom residence on 22 private in fenced for horses, 3-stall stable,acres guest Keswick Hunt Country, completely quarters, with shop/garage underneath. fenced of forresidence horses, features 3-stall stable, Interior an openguest floor quarters, with shop/garage plan, with large rooms, high underneath. ceilings, tall Interior of residence features an openThere floor windows, and heated stone floors. plan, with large rooms, high ceilings, tall is a main-level master suite, second windows, and heated stone floors. There bedroom or study on the first floor, two is a main-level master more bedrooms and twosuite, baths second on the bedroom or study on the first floor, two second level. more bedrooms and two baths on the second level. For further information contact Jim Faulconer 434.981.007 For further information contact t r Jim Faulconer 434.981.007 t r

$2,490.000 $2,490.000

$2,475,000 $2,475,000

county, Round Hill Farm is perched on a One of the in Albemarle hilltop on loveliest 21 acresfarms in the heart of county, Round Hill Farm is perched Keswick,featuring 4 bedrooms and on 3 ½a hilltop on 21 acres in the heart baths. Fireplaces throughout,, there isof a Keswick,featuring bedrooms 3½ magnificent great 4room with and 22-foot baths. Fireplaces there ash is a cathedral ceilings throughout,, framed by natural magnificent great room with 22-foot beams and an antique wine barrel cathedral ceilings framed by natural ash chandelier. The home boasts a gourmet beams and an antique wine barrel kitchen with a Wolf stove, farm sink, tile chandelier. The boasts a gourmet backsplash and home skylight. There are 17 kitchen with a Wolf stove, farm sink, tile acres of horse-fenced pastures, a four-stall backsplash and skylight. ThereNestled are 17 barn, with bathroom and kitchen. acres of horse-fenced pastures, a four-stall in this highly desirable area, and only 20 barn, with and kitchen. Nestled minutes tobathroom downtown Charlottesville. in this highly desirable area, and only 20 minutes toinformation downtown Charlottesville. For further contact Frank Hardy 434.296.0134 For further information contact t r Frank Hardy 434.296.0134 t r

$3,495,000 $3,495,000


sought after Keswick Location on over Residential and Equestrian Property in 20 acres . Spacious Living and Dining sought after Keswick Location on over Rooms with Fireplaces andWood Floors 20 acres . Spacious Living and Dining Family Room with Fireplace and WetBar Rooms with Fireplaces andWood Floors A Large First Floor Master Suite and Family Room with Fireplace and WetBar Year-Round SunRoom overlooks Terrace A Large First Floor Master Suitewith and and Swimming Pool. Kitchen Year-Round SunRoom overlooks Terrace Breakfast Nook and Large Laundry and Swimming Pool. Kitchen with Room . Finished Basement. Upper Level Breakfast Nook and Large Laundry Home Office and Study. Guest Cottage Roomfireplace . Finished. Basement. Upper Level with 8-Stall Stable 3-Board Home Office and Study. Guest Cottage Fenced Paddocks 5 miles into with fireplace . 8-Stall Stable Gordonsville, 12 miles 3-Board into Fenced Paddocks 5 miles into Charlottesville Gordonsville, 12 miles into Charlottesville For further information contact Duke and Sharon Merrick 434. 951.5160 For further information contact Duke and Sharon Merrick 434. 951.5160

$1,100,000 $1,100,000



SOUTHERN ALBEMARLE. Our custom 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home nestles on a 5+ acre private parcel just 5 miles from the Wegmans shopping area in Southern Albemarle Co. The home was created in 2016 by Orange County craftsman Ken Stanley and features a soaring stone fireplace, vast open living areas with great light, a wraparound covered porch, a main level master suite plus a “mini-master” on the upper level. We have 2 attached garages plus a basement garage/ shop/man cave! The 4,639 superior quality finished sf above grade, plus the 2,671 sf unfinished basement allows room to grow for any family. Featured is Hardiplank construction with real stone accents in and out to match the fireplace, combined with the superior wood and tile floors make this a must see home. $1,250,000

We asked and Keswick Hall responded with a full array of details for the upcoming renovations.

stalled at the Hall before the interiors are built out.


Drilling for the new well has commenced and designs for the upgraded water system are underway. The new farm-to-table signature restaurant design and programming is being finalized with great outdoor spaces to enjoy year-round. Upgrades to the Horizon pool will include convenient restrooms and a bar where you can order a refreshing drink. Keswick Hall is hopeful to be celebrating the winter holidays with everyone in the new spaces in 2019 and booking up their events calendar for the sping of 2019.

Spring and summer were filled with demolition activities inside the Hall. Choate Construction Company finished the demolition phase and W.M. Jordan, a Virginia based General Contracting firm, will be building out the new Hall and adding new resort components. As they move into fall and winter, look out for exterior activities to ramp up on the Hall, next to the Clubhouse, and throughout the resort. The indoor/outdoor pool will be demolished to make way for the new restaurant. New windows, doors and roof will be in-

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