Keswick Life Digital Edition May 2019

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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - May 2019


In this issue

Beyond the Gates

The Insiders Guide to the 10th Annual Grace Church Country Fair and Farm Tour plus: going out, overheard, happenings, travel, life happens, bookworm and much more


SUMMIT RIDGE TRAIL - Custom designed home offering many outstanding features - Pella Windows, fine trims, hand laid hardwood floors, custom designed tiles and cabinets. Farmhouse style with much character and charm. Great open floor plan with a designer kitchen. First floor master suite is a relaxing sanctuary. Fully finished basement has a fireplace, second kitchen and rec space. Ann Hay Hardy 202.297.0228


LONGWOOD - c.1765. Mountain views, lake, guest house. 186 acres. Barn and manager’s house. Main house has 3 beds, 2 baths. Sunroom, stone floors and den with fireplace. 15 min. to town. Frank Hardy 434.981.0798 and Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7438


2560 WIND RIVER ROAD - Located in Wind River, just off Garth Road in Western Albemarle. This 5 bedroom house with full walkout basement and pool offers all the conveniences of today’s lifestyle. A 3.3 acre corner lot with two entrances is level and mostly open. Fully landscaped and manicured grounds. A great floor plan with large kitchen and breakfast room, great room with fireplace, and first floor master suite. There are a total of 3 fireplaces in the house. Features include both tray and vaulteds, upstairs play/flex space, and full downstairs recreational area with bar. Ann Hay Hardy 202.297.0228


APSARA - Gracious Georgian manor home in southern Albemarle designed by Bob Paxton and built by Shelter and Associates in 2006. Exceptional quality and attention to detail is evident throughout the home with 12 - 13’ ceilings, custom woodwork including crown molding and wainscoting, random width wood floors, 6 interior fireplaces, sound and central vacuum systems, and spacious outdoor screened porch with fireplace. Kitchen includes granite counters and commercial grade stainless steel appliances. On 448 acres, with 2 stocked ponds and magnificent views. Frank Hardy 434.981.0798 © MMXVIII Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty. All rights reserved. Sotheby’s International Realty® and the Sotheby’s International Realty Logo are service marks licensed to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC and used with permission. Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Paddock Wood

32-Acre Country House & Equestrian Property Keswick, Virginia Albemarle County

Convenient Location • 10 Miles into Charlottesville 5000sf Country House with 5 BR, 4 1/2 BA • Large Master Suite w/private Study • Renovated Kitchen Living and Dining Room w/Vaulted Ceilings • Impressive Stacked Stone Fireplace • Wrap-around Screened Porch & Deck overlooks Large Stocked Pond • Finished Lower Level w/ Kitchen • 2-Car Garage 10-Stall Stable w/ Paddocks & Riding Ring • Quality Materials & Craftsmanship features: Cedar Siding, Ash Floors, African Rosewood Cabinets, reclaimed Tiffany Glass • Peaceful Country Setting mls. 585093 Offered for $1,100,000 Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina

Contact Duke & Sharon Merrick for more information:

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


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FAIRVIEW - c. 1856 brick Georgian manor home. 9,000 s.f. with 11’ ceilings and heart pine floors. Fireplaces, original moldings and woodwork. 5 bedrooms and guest cottage. Formal gardens and rose garden, Farm managers house, horse facilities and equipment barns. Incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Somerset, VA. MLS 585034. $2,975,000.

BLOOMINGDALE - c. 1840, Bloomingdale is a noteworthy Orange County, VA historic property located in the heart of Somerset. The Federal manor has a magnificent center hall with grand proportioned rooms (11 ft. ceilings on main floor) and fireplaces in every room (8 total). Geothermal heating and air, renovated sun porch saltwater pool, incredible Southwest and Blue Ridge Mt. views. MLS 567939. $1,275,000.

8 ON THE COVER Beyond the Gates!

Horse Showing as it was meant to be...

Please join us June 8 as we celebrate 10 years of charitable giving and present our

10th Anniversary Historic Farm Tour and Country Fair, "beyond the gates". Come along with us as we go "beyond the gates", past those rock walls and stroll with us down the tree lined paths to six of Keswick's celebrated historic farms, the Keswick Hunt Club and Grace Church. Our chosen route for this special day in the country was first traveled by Virginia's earliest settlers, future Presidents, Revolutionary and English militia, Confederate and Union troops and the grounds are as beautiful today as they were 300 years ago. Get all the details starting on page 8! Cover photo credit: Colin Dougherty.

1108 HILLTOP RD. -FARM Rarely -does a property come available withwith so many excellent qualities. Period BARTERBROOK c. 1900 3-bed renovated farm house 3 fireplaces, terraces and porches, Georgian designed by Marshall Wells, c. outdoor 1930's. spa, Flemish Bondwoodwork. with a slate33-acres. roof andWorkshop. copper gutters copper roof, open kitchen and floor plan, beautiful Barn and downspouts. Multiple living home spaces, four andbathroom terrace fireplace with extensive completely renovated as a second with fullfireplaces kitchen and and twooutdoors stories. This recreational plantings/gardens private lawn. Bestalocation in MLS town.584756. MLS 588265 $2,600,000 guest house/retreat and is a custom build and must see. $1,695,000.

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 15 WHAT'S COOKING Sam Johnson loves this recipe, "its quick and easy." Sam adds, "it is still

phisticated enough where, you feel like your having a great meal." Photographed with green leafy salad with a rosemary dressing and roasted white and purple potatoes. This meal can also be great for dinner parties as well. Find the recipe on page 15.



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11 KESWICK SCENE The Keswick Horse Show was a great show and mother nature cooperated with great,

if a little warm, weather. The dedication of the upper ring to Meredith McLaughlin is a well-deserved recognition for her many years of hard work and dedication to the Keswick Horse Show. Snookie Wawner, ex-MFH was in the ring Saturday night as the Big John Trophy was retired. The 35th Annual Eastminster Dog Show, with long-time, esteemed judge Ginney Semmes, was a great success with dozens of fourlegged friends coming out to show their support for the CASPCA! See the full story and photo journal on page 11.

12 LIFE HAPPENS Bonnie's latest piece, Help! The Relatives Are Coming!, will

keep you straight while entertaining this summer. Bonnie has a great sense of humor and her writing is honest and upfront. Her five grown children and seventeen grandchildren certainly give her the experience for article. Writing has always been a passion for her, but it was not until after the age of 50 that she began to write, in earnest. She is fascinated with the ideas, pleasures, and wisdom that come with the second half-century of life. Many men and women age much more slowly today than their grandparents did. Many are active and healthy into their 90s and above. Bonnie says that anyone can sparkle after 50, and they should. Her views are positive and upbeat. "Just do it!", she says. Attitude is everything when it comes to health. Read her column, page 12.

STONE’S THROW Exceptional 42 acre country property with all the amenities. The 6-bedroom house completed in 2005 has every luxury you could hope for with an open f loor plan and first f loor master suite, exercise room and media, infinity pool and pavilion overlooking the gardens lawn and horse facilities (7-stall barn). Privacy and proximity to Charlottesville (12 min) with big views to the SW and unforgettable sunsets.

13 KESWICK SCENE Montpelier hosted their foundations' annual Dolley Madison Legacy Luncheon, and Keswick Life was there. The luncheon commemorated the 251st anniversary of Dolley's birthday. Get the details, enjoy the festive affair with Jen Fariello's photos in the Keswick Scene on page 13.

MLS 585648 $3,250,000

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

19 BOOK REVIEWS Suzanne Nash says, "the heat is on and the summer days mean time for the beach or

pool." She continues, "I have been taking advantage of afternoons at Keswick Club and soaking up the sun while reading my way through this month’s book list." Read all about her reviews on her May books on page 19.


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OVERHEARD On and Off the Market

New around the area is 464 Clarks Tract, “Mechunk Creek Farm”, with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 6942 sf on 216.5 acres at $3.2m. 3382 Keswick Road with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 2500 sf on 1.3 acres at $599.9k. 6150 Louisa Road, ”Sweetwater Stables”, with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 2557 sf on 3.5 acres at $656k. 5352 Cismont Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2838 sf at $485k. 2417 Palmer Drive, “Black Cat Cabin”, with 2 beds, 2 baths and 2176 sf on 4.2 acres at $795. 59 Red Maple Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3240 sf on 3.4 acres at $409.9k. 3360 Keswick Road is 31.6 acres designated as 20 lots and available at $350k. There are 15 new properties in Rivannna Ridge,either detached or attached. In Glenmore 1425 Bremberton Lane with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2028 sf at $470k. 3394 Piperfife Court with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4122 sf at $597k. 5030 Ferndown Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2080 sf at $549.8k. 2503 Wiltshire Close with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 5600 sf at $689k. 1695 Paddington Circle with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4940 sf at $699k. 3240 Darby Road with 5 beds, 5 baths and 6852 sf for $795k. 3389 Cesford Grange with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 3698 sf at $549k. 2108 Piper Way with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5289 sf at $839k. Reduced in the area is 5525 Hackingwood Lane with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3313 sf on 78 acres from $890k to $869k. 3908 Stony Point Road, “Quilters Cottage”, with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 3084 sf on 8 acres from $524.9k to $499.9k in 56 days. 1113 Pelham Drive with 4 beds, 4 baths and 5110 sf on 5.6 acres from $625k to $599k in 71 days. 2645 High Fields Road, “Water Harp Retreat”, with 2 beds, 1 bath and 1318 sf on 12.7 acres from $435k to $424k in 70 days. In Glenmore is 3221 Avebury Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3405 sf from $599k to $579k in 57 days. 3345 Darby Road with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 3722 sf from $679.5k to $655.5k in 72 days. 3524 Glasgow Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5082 sf from $750k to $725k in 72 days. 1318 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3016 sf from $599k to $575k in 81 days. 3220 Heathcote Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5384 sf from $899k to $678k in 513 days (yes really!). 3240 Cesford Grange with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 7080 sf from $890k to $749k in 397 days (yes really!). 3680 Newbridge Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4719 sf from $799.5k to $748k in 322 days. 3235 Melrose Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4575 sf from $645k to $628k in 292 days. Pending is 849 Club Drive in Keswick Estate, “Woodford House”, with 5 beds, 4+ baths and 7382 sf on 2.3 acres at $2.585m. 1152 Beaver Dam Road with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 2128 sf on 4.1 acres at $334.9k in 16 days. 692 Campbell Road with 2 beds, 1 bath and 1120 sf on 8 acres at $330k in 12 days. 4504 Turkey Sag Road, “Seven Springs Farm”, with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5165 sf on 40 acres at $1.375m in 3 days. 6556 Gordonsville Road, “Misty Ridge” with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 5881 sf on 20 acres at a reduced $995k in 5 days. 235 Campbell Road, “Blandford”, with 3 beds, 2 baths and 1856 sf on 15.4 acres at $494.7k in 24 days. 100 Campbell Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3375 sf on 9.4 acres at $549.9k in 112 days. In Glenmore is 3080 Darby Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4842 sf at $779k in 60 days. 3197 Sandown Park Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3591 sf at $559k in 104 days. 1362 Sandown Lane with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 4761 sf at $829k in 214 days. Meanwhile 8 new homes went under contract in Rivanna Ridge. Sold in Glenmore is 1446 Bremberton Lane with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 3100 sf from $599k to $519k in 52 days. 1331 Kilchatten Lane with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3082 sf at $519k in 3 days. 1415 Darby Road with 4 beds, 2 baths and 2830 sf from $539k to $535k in 19 days. 3104 Darby Road with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 8003 sf from $995k to $904k in 132 days. 3200 Darby Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5634 sf from $915k to $835k in 108 days. 1463 Bremberton Lane with 2 beds, 2 baths and 1775 sf from $399.5k to $365k in 125 days. 1990 Piper Way with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5693 sf from $1.345m to $1.0m in 87 days. 3072 Darby Road with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 6090 sf from $1.195m to $1.185m in 36 days. Around the area 1490 Running Deer with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2490 sf from $575k to $522k in 83 days. 29 Keswick Glen Drive with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 2128 sf on 1.5 acres from $334.7k to $325k in 78 days. 1570 St Johns Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3575 sf on 70 acres from $1.995m to $1.750m in 322 days and 2096 Stonemont Farm with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3422 sf on 168 acres from $1.250m to $1.150m in 669 days. In Keswick Estate a 2 acre lot on Palmer drive sold for $189k and a 3 acre lot on Wood Lane sold for $370k. 6 new homes sold in Rivanna Ridge.


Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Thomas Cuthbert of Reinholds, Pennsylvania announce the engagement of their daughter Miss Emily Jane Cuthbert to Mr. Robert Nevin Standish Sackson of West Chester, Pennsylvania, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Alan Sackson of Keswick. A June 2020 wedding is planned. (photo) scakson jpg


Books Bound2please a used and new general-interest bookstore, has opened in Orange, Va., Kathy Judge, a former bookseller and librarian, and Gerilee Hundt, who's worked in publishing in Chicago, teamed up to open the store in February. Bound2please carries a range of titles, from cookbooks and history to science fiction and literary fiction. And while the majority of the inventory is used, Judge and Hundt do stock a selection of new books, including new releases and contemporary titles. Hundt and Judge told CBS19 that they've been "warmly received" by the Orange community. Judge and Hundt became friends after the former moved to Orange about two years ago. They bonded over a shared love of books, and last fall Judge suggested that the two team up to start a bookstore. Hundt jumped at the idea. She recalled: "I've always wanted to run a bookstore.... I realized there really wasn't a book shop, and I love bookstores." When it comes to acquiring used books, Judge makes house calls when someone has a large amount of books to sell. This service has grown out of a business she founded called Library Logic, for which she would catalogue home libraries and estimate their value. Bound2please's event plans include book clubs, author talks, play and poetry readings and more.


Stewart Sackson, son of Mark and Liza Sackson graduated from the Curry School at

UVA with a BS in Biology, a BA in Kinesiology and a Masters in Teaching. He plans on being a high school biology teacher.

Rebecca Cooley, daughter of Andy and Polly Cooley, graduated from UVA and will be getting her Masters at the UVA Curry School of Education.

Annabel Taylor, daughter of Rocky and Liza Taylor graduated with a degree in Art

History from UVA. Next year she will attend the McIntyre School of Commerce at UVA, where she will earn an MS in Commerce with a focus on Marketing.

Peter Taylor, son of Peter and Ann Taylor MBA Colgate Daren School of Business. Headed to Houlihan Lokey in NYC in their restructuring group.

Hugh Wiley son of Justin and Nancy Wiley graduated from the Grymes School and will be attending Woodbery Forest in the fall.

Annabelle Aron, daughter of Bob and Janice Aron graduated from The Village School and will be attending The Foxcroft School next fall.

Gus Perdue, son of David and Elizabeth Perdue graduated from Woodberry Forest and will be attending the University of Georgia.



The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! great music and food? Join us Saturday's from 12-4pm at Keswick Vineyards for live music by local musicians and food from local food trucks. See our website for the most up to date schedule at www.keswickvineyards. com What: Summer Fun When: Memorial Day through Labor Day Where: Albemarle County Beaches

WHAT: A Weekend on the Farm... When: All Summer Where: Valley View Farm, Delaplane, Virginia Enjoy the views and a tasting at the little red barn at Valley View Farm! We will have prepacked strawberries available for purchase. Pick a cheese and other picnic delights to enjoy with your fresh strawberries! our free-range chickens have been busy at work and have kindly provided us with quite afew dozen eggs! Come in to get your farm-fresh eggs from our happy hens! Have you booked your family-friendly farm tour experience yet? Tour vouchers are required for adults and children ages 6 and older, and includes guided hayride tour, local honey tasting experience, and 10% discount on all purchases in the Locavore Farm Market! Vouchers can be purchased through InsideNovaTix. Reservations are required. Tour slots have limited seating and fill up quickly. View availability and make your reservation.

Albemarle County beaches kicked off 2019 opening with Memorial Day holiday.

What: Pursuit of Happiness When: Friday evening, June 14th Where: Monticello

Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at Albemarle County's three swimming beaches this summer! On Saturday, May 25, swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek, and Mint Springs opened over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Swimming will be available daily through Labor Day once County schools let out for summer break on June 7.

Join us as we toast to summer on the historic West Lawn of Monticello. Local beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages—as well as gourmet picnic fare, courtesy of Farm Table, a Monticello café—will be available for purchase. Explore our gardens and enjoy stunning views from the mountaintop; it’s a Friday evening social gathering unlike any other!

Inexpensive day and season passes for individuals and families are available at all three beaches and at the Parks and Recreation Office on the first floor of the County Office Building located at 401 McIntire Road. Everyone must pay the entry fee into the parks no matter how they are being used by patrons. Cashiers can only accept checks or cash.Lifeguards will be on duty from 11 am to 7 pm. In addition to swimming, the parks feature picnic shelters, hiking trails, and swimming lessons. Chris Greene and Walnut Creek both have canoes and kayaks for rent.

Interested in going inside the house, too? Book a special Upper Floors Tour. Also offered on July 12 and August 9. Special conditions: No outside food or beverages permitted. Foldable chairs and blankets are welcome. House tour not included on June 14 - Featuring special guest, Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson!

For more information, please visit the Parks and Recreation Department online at or call 434-296-5844.

The 2019 Keswick Hunt Club Summer Schooling Shows will kick off with their first show of the season on June 23rd. Held at the Historic Keswick Showgrounds with classes for all exhibitors. They are VHSA Associate and BHSA recognized. The judge for the June show is Bryd Rareshide. For further information contact show manager Erin Mitchell Carver (434-882-4635) hrseshw@

Valley View Farm Craft Beverages, Pick-Your-Own Orchards, & Locavore Farm Market 1550 Leeds Manor Rd. Delaplane, VA 20144

Albemarle County Parks and Recreation has 12 parks with more than 4,100 acres of parkland and 70 miles of trails. Park activities include walking, hiking, running, biking, disc golf, geocaching, swimming, fishing, boating, and horseback riding.

Hours: Fridays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm,Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.Sundays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For More information: Call us at (540) 592-1021 Email info@ or visit our Website at

What: Orange County Fair When: June 19-22 Where: Orange County Fairgrounds,14500 Old Gordonsville Road, Orange, VA 22960

What: Wine Down Wednesdays When: Wednesday’s - 5;30 – 8:30 Where: Keswick Vineyards Join us every first and third Wednesday at Keswick Vineyards to "wine down" with some great music, food, and, of course, wine from 5:30pm to 8:30pm! No cover charge; kid and pet-friendly. June 19th - Jason Burke & Spice Sea Gourmet July 3rd - Tara Mills & Gourmeltz July 17th - Billy and the Backbeats & Spice Sea Gourmet What: Live Music, Food, and Wine When: Saturday’s 12-4 Where: Keswick Vineyards Wine is all about taste, smell and atmosphere, so what better way to enjoy great Virginia wine than with some

Children (5-12) $5 / day (4 & under) FREE 4-Day Pass: (Info on Website) Adults (13 and up) $20 Children (5-12) $10 Can be purchased Wednesday, June 19 at the gate. ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON THE FAIRGROUNDS. 14500 Old Gordonsville Road, Orange, VA 22960; (540) 661-5393 orangecountyfairva@

What: Keswick Hunt Club Schooling Show When: June 23rd Where: Keswick Hunt Club Showgrounds

BIG DREAMS, SMALL TOWN During our fair, we celebrate our role in American history, our agricultural heritage, and the traditional values that created and help us sustain our way of life. The Orange County Fair is an old fashioned county fair in the truest sense; no midway carnival, no high pressure selling activities. Each year, we put together a collection of activities, contests, and entertainment aimed at creating a fun atmosphere for all members of our community and our guests. We invite you to enjoy a clean, wholesome, family-oriented weekend that focuses on the joy of rural living. The Orange County Fair is a safe place for children to experience our agricultural heritage. 2019 DATES: JUNE 19-22 Check back later for the full schedule of events for this years fair! We can’t wait to see you! ADMISSION Wednesday, June 19 - Thursday, June 20: Adults (13 and up) $5 / day Children under 13 are FREE Friday, June 21 - Saturday, June 22: Adults (13 and up) $10 / day


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Beyond the Gates

Insiders Guide to the 10th Annual Grace Church Country Fair and Farm Tour Please join us June 8 as we celebrate 10 years of charitable giving and present our 10th Anniversary Historic Farm Tour and Country Fair, "beyond the gates".

Gates open promptly at 10 AM and will close at 4:00 PM. Y'all come!

Old Keswick is part of a tract given by Thom-

as Walker to his daughter, Jane Frances Walker, who married Dr. Mann Page. The estate's residence was built in stages beginning in 1736. The Page family sold the farm to Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Augustus in 1952. Formed here as a thoroughbred breeding and racing operation, Keswick Stables has sold many notable horses, including Sabin, Simply Majestic, Alwuhush, Eishin Guyman, Johnny D, Raise a Native, Natalma, and the 2015 Eclipse Award winning filly Stellar Wind, who won more than $3 million.

Come along with us as we go "beyond the gates", past those rock walls and stroll with us down the tree lined paths to six of Keswick's celebrated historic farms, the Keswick Hunt Club and Grace Church. Our chosen route for this special day in the country was first traveled by Virginia's earliest settlers, future Presidents, Revolutionary and English militia, Confederate and Union troops and the grounds are as beautiful today as they were 300 years ago.

Grace Episcopal Church stands at the

Equestrian, Ann Sutherland, will demonstrate combined driving, a sport that showcases skills in dressage, marathon, and cones. Equestrian, Tadd Coffin, will discuss and demonstrate his latest saddle technology, SmartRide Rx, and Thera-Tree. Coffin won two gold medals at the 1996 Montreal Olympic Games. He appeared in the movie National Velvet and will be in the upcoming film Billy & Blaze.

site of one of six colonial churches in Virginia that still have active congregations. Foundation stones of the original church, constructed of wood and completed in 1748, are visible today under spreading oak trees in front of the present structure. A mountain chapel had previously existed on the premises, having been built by the earliest settlers in the area, probably in the 1730's. Thomas Jefferson served as a member of the Vestry from 1767 to 1770.

Belvoir Cemetery was first settled by Col.

Robert Lewis and was later owned by Dr. Thomas Walker and his son, Col. John Walker. Col. Walker was a U.S. Senator and an aide to General Washington. During the Revolutionary War, British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton and his men stopped at Belvior en route to Charlottesvile, in an attempt to capture Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and others.

The present church edifice was completed in 1855 and was later damaged in a fire in 1895. The stone tower and 4 walls remained standing and were incorporated into the present structure when the church was rebuilt. A 1,575-pound bell was salvaged from the ashes and is still in use. The first annual Blessing of the Hounds was held at the Church in 1929. Each Thanksgiving Day, this colorful ceremony brings together foxhunters and their horses and hounds in the church yard for prayers and thanksgiving. Today Grace Church has over 200 members and provides personal and financial support for numerous charitable missions, including Grace's food closet, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels and many others. 100% of Historic Farm Tour and Country Fair proceeds are dedicated to funding these special ministries. ...and Country Fair Stepping back to "Yesteryear", Grace's Church Yard transforms to an earlier time, when families, friends, and neighbors gathered to celebrate each other, a bountiful spring harvest, baby livestock and the sharing of memories past and present.

The Country Fair has something fun for every member of the family.

Let the kids get up close to the 4-H Livestock exhibits featuring over 50 entries during Albemarle County's only sanctioned 4-H Livestock Show. Meet the llamas and learn about keeping bees and enjoy live music throughout the day as you visit farm to table vendors, talented artisans and taste some of the delicious food offerings from Grace Grill and food truck vendors. Take time to visit our Historic Grace Church and observe the restoration taking place as we prepare to welcome our new organ later this year. And if you have a green thumb and have questions about gardening in Virginia, there will be Master Gardeners and representatives from Southern States to answer your questions. Children’s pony rides available after 2:00 PM.

Col. Walker's only grandchild, Eliza Kinloch, inherited Belvoir and married Judge Hugh Nelson. Nelson served as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, a federal judge, and President elector in 1809, a Congressman, and Minister to Spain, Several prominent figures lie in Belvoir's cemetery, including Dr. Walker, Col. Walker, Eliza Kinloch, Hugh Nelson and Thomas Warner Meriwether, Grace Church, Walker's Parish, now stands on 2 acres of land John Walker transferred from Belvoir in 1769.


At nearby , visitors may watch a farrier's demonstration from 10 am to 1:00 pm; enjoy twin sisters, Lise Pratt and Marcy Burke, demonstrate dog agility training; observe riding lessons; and see horses, ponies, goats and chickens. Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary will all so be onsite.

Castalia was owned by relatives of famed explore Meriwether Lewis for much

of the 18th and 19th centuries. Murray Boocock purchased the farm in 1894 and initiated a breeding program known as the Castalia stock Farm. He built two large livestock barns, one of which burned down. The "upper barn" was a massive two-story structure with ground floor and second story central sliding doors with large singe pane, divided light windows. Three louvered cupolas graced the peak of the standing seam gambrel roof. Lattice work under the eaves provided additional ventilation. In the ventilated second story, hay was stored before being dropped through chutes to the stalls and feeding pens on the ground. In 1986, Castalia was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Hitchcock, who bred, raised and showed champion Paso Fino horses. In 2013, Paul and Diane Manning pur-



chased Castalia and restored the upper barn to active use while preserving much of the original fabric. During the Farm Tour, the historic barn will be filled with antique dealers from the Mid-Atlantic offering art, furniture, textiles, silver, jewelry, books and accessories.

Cismont Manor Farm was formed from the Cloverfield’s plantation in

1820, as a home for Peter Minor Meriwether and his wife, Mary Walker Meriwether. The Meriwether’s initially lived in a tavern on the property, which later served as a home for Rev. Ebenezer Boyden. The tavern, which no longer stands, became known as the Cottage Rectory, and Boyden conducted a school there. The Meriwether’s built the present residence in 1836. The Wheeler family acquired the farm in the 1950's and have bred trained and exhibited some of the country's top show horses. Cismont Manor consists of a main manor house and four cottages on 200 acres of land. There are three barns with several turnout paddocks, and three jumping coups for use by the Keswick Hunt Club. In the pass 50 years, two major additions have been added to the main house. In the 1960's, formal rose gardens were established, and a lake added. Visitors will see a collection of rare antique carriages and classic automobiles, as well as stables where number of U.S. Equestrian Foundation Hall of Fame horses have been trained, including Showdown, Isgilde, Gozzi, Super Flash, Apollo Sand, Tijuana Starlet, One For The road, and Celebrity.

Keswick Hunt Club was founded in 1896, and its recently renovated club-

house was built in 1898. Foxhunting has been an important part of the community since 1742, when, according to sporting histories and family tradition, Dr. Thomas Walker of Castle Hill imported a pack of foxhounds. Walker also helped found the city of Charlottesville in 1762. The Hunt Club has hosted at least one annual horse show since 1904. Initially, the lower ring's proximity to the railroad tracks was a convenience for spectators who traveled to the event by train from Charlottesville. Riders whose horses were spooked by the trains welcomed construction of the upper ring in 1957. During the club's early decades, hounds resided at whichever area farm belonged to the Master of Foxhounds. In 1937 hunt club officers decided to locate the kennels on hunt club grounds. The present kennels, built in 2018, are home to about 70 American Foxhounds who lead mounted club members on chases in designated territory in four counties. The hunting season stretches from last summer to early spring.

Ben Coolyn was first settled by James Clark under the name of Clark's Tract.

Clark built the first dwelling in the early 1800's on a site to the east of the current home. The Clark’s named the property "Ben Coolyn", meaning "Breezy Mountain" in their native Scottish language. An heir added orchards and renamed the property "Fruitlands". It was named as Ben Coolyn in 1918 by the Bogert family, who renovated the residence to take advantage of frequent breezes. In the late 1940's, the Hallock family downsized the house by removing the sleeping porches and the second story north bedroom. In 2001, Ann and Peter Taylor bought some of the property, and the name "Ben Coolyn" conveyed with the sale. A number of Hallock’s still live on part of the original land, which was named "Fruitlands". The Taylor’s restored several gardens, created an arboretum, and planted many native trees, including 176 willow oaks, and deciduous flowering magnolia cultivars and crosses. Ben Coolyn has a bank barn standing on an older rock foundation, and a circa 1850 dogtrot corn crib. Katie and Chris Henry bought Ben Coolyn in 2017 and established a vineyard. Vineyard Manager Emily Pelton will give short presentations during the day.

Fruitlands was originally part of the Ben Coolyn estate, which was settled by

James Clark under the name pf Clark's Tract. Clark Clark’s names the property "Ben Coolyn" meaning "Breezy Mountain" in their native Scottish language. A subsequent heir, Major Jimmy Clark, added extensive orchards and renamed the property "Fruitlands". The estate was renamed as Ben Coolyn when it was acquired by the Bogert family in 1918. They renovated the residence to take advantage of frequent breezes. In the late 1940's, the Hallock family moved from their Long Island farm to Ben Coolyn. Several generations of Hallock’s continue to reside on a large portion of the original land, which was renamed "Fruitland". During the Farm Tour, the Farmington Beagles will demonstrate the sport of beagling at Fruitlands. The pack consists of 30 beagles that hunt primarily in the western portion of Albemarle Country, in Louisa County, and further afield by invitation.


Please visit for additional details. can be purchased on line for $15.00 before the event, and for $20.00 the day of the event. Children are free. Please contact Bill Anda, Historic Farm Tour and Country Fair spokesperson at 434/906-5138,



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MAY 2019


What's Ahead - 10th Annual Beyond The Gates

photos: clockwise from the top left: Four in hand, see the carriages at Old Keswick, Fruitlands tree-lined drive, Castalia entry gates, old cars at Cismont Manor, Carriage Museum at Cismont Manor, Hounds at the Keswick Hunt Club then lastly, horses and farm life at Montanova.




115th Keswick Horse Show

Many thanks to all the members who were volunteers, spectators, and exhibitors at this year's Keswick Horse Show! It was a great show and mother nature cooperated with great, if a little warm, weather.

The dedication of the upper ring to Meredith McLaughlin is a welldeserved recognition for her many years of hard work and dedication to the Keswick Horse Show. Also Meredith was recently inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Farm. Meredith showed many top horses in the amateur-owner division successfully. She’s best known for her great eye for picking out talented young prospects like Sandman, Sandsablaze and Barn Owl that went on to win with top professionals. Photograph, top right depicts the presentation. Snookie Wawner, ex-MFH was in the ring Saturday night as the Big John Trophy was retired. Joining him were Kenny Wheeler, KHC President, Will Colemen, MFH, and Sandy Rives, ex-MFH. Photo shown at the top left. The trophy was named after Snookie’s horse Big John, who was his faithful partner during his years as MFH for the Keswick Hunt Club. Many thanks to Snookie for all of his years of service to the club Tonight we want to recognize Snookie Wawner who for over 60 years has been critical to the success of the Keswick Hunt Club and this horse show. Snookie for many years served as field master on his horse big John, he was also the president of the hunt club for 20 years and he is a former master of the hunt. Snookie is a legendary barbecue master and for many years cooked whole hogs for the horse show and for the past 40 years has held Snookie's down home fish fry on Sunday to end the show. Snookie is being presented a special “yellow hat” with KHC logo and “Snookie's Down Home Fish Fry” on the side. Further, the Big John trophy which was presented for years to the Best Gentlemans Hunter will be permanently retired and placed in the newly restored hunt club. Big John and Snookie were a team. Snookie has said this may be his last fish fry but we all hope his retirement is short lived. Photo shown at top left. The 35th Annual Eastminster Dog Show was a great success with dozens of four-legged friends coming out to show their support for the CASPCA! Contestants were able to participate in contests including Best Costume, Musical Chairs, Best Rescue and so much more, with all donations benefiting the CASPCA! We are beyond grateful to Peggy Augustus, Ginny Semmes, and Ginny Craven for organizing such a great event!A HUGE thanks goes to Petography Cville for documenting the evening. Photo, second row on the left. Other photos, Alice May Henry, lead line, (second row right), Caroline Dougherty, Junior Exhibitor with Jackson Wheeler (lower left), Congratulations to Leena M and Silvio Mazzoni for Country Fox Farm Inc. in the $20,000 UVA Children’s Hospital Jumper Classic (lower right).


MAY 2019


Help! The Relatives are Coming! Memorial Day begins the "summer guest" season. These

innocent holidays usher in the possibility of a hoard of family or other guests sharing a house. It may be for a day or two or two weeks or more, but it will happen at some time during the summer. It starts so innocently; 'We want to see you when we are visiting." "Oh Don't be silly, you can stay here! " Or, "you girls can share a room, can't you?" Or, "We won't be any trouble at all! ( do you mind if we bring our dog?)" There is an old saying,

"Everyone seems normal until you get to know them." The sharing of a house for the summer or just having friends or family stay for the weekend are all ways to spend time together. Just keep their particular situation in mind when inviting guests. Remember, there are some non-drinkers. So alternatives are needed. Soft drinks, Pedialyte, and sparkling water sit on the bar along with wine and hard liquor. Be mindful of food allergies, and preferences, and enjoy each other. One lovely spring day while sitting at my computer writing, I heard ghastly screams coming from the other side of the brick wall in our large garden. Jumping up to see what had happened, I saw a couple of my grown nieces and their children running one after the other towards the kitchen door. They were chasing my miniature dachshund, Sisi (10 pounds). When I got there, the little girls were crying, and one of the mothers was trying to get a baby bunny out of the mouth of the small dachshund. But it did not survive. For a couple of days, Sisi managed to dispose of four possibly five baby bunnies. We could not find the nest, and with a house full of people did not devote the amount of time necessary to do this. Dachshunds are hunting dogs. You cannot fault a dog for using its natural talents. The cousins, 10 and 12 years old, got a lesson in the survival of the fittest. Friends of mine opened their house to two families; parents, a grandmother, and three children all staying at one time for several days. When their house was full of guests, there was a shortage of easily accessible bathrooms. One guest and her young daughter went outside in the bushes early in the morning, because they did not want to disturb anyone jet-lagged who might be still sleeping. The hosts did not tell her that they have installed a system of movement activated cameras showing the greater part of the yard. It stores the images so they can see anything missed in live time. My own family is varied, to say the least. Two or three are on Keto diets. They eat within a designated time frame ONLY. They won't eat carbs or sugar and minimal fruit and only a few vegetables. But they want lots of nuts, olives, butter, coconut oil, and avocados!


Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. – Oscar Wilde

And no fair teasing about what each other will or won't eat. Best not to comment on how punctual or late they are or how messy, or neat. One neat-nick cousin and compulsively cleaned the closet in the guest room. Talk of politics is out. We have a full spectrum of ideas and beliefs, but little patience with those whom our views don't mesh. Some are passive-aggressive, some are always sweet, one has a mean streak, some are very neat and tidy, some toss their belongs helter-skelter. Some are punctual, and others are chronically late, some are slobs and dress in clothes that my mother would consider rags.

"You have five children, and the youngest is four years old? Oh, no problem, we have lots of room!" And this happened with wonderful results. But it could be risky. 4. Don't be a people-pleaser. Meals can be fraught. One grandchild will not eat anything except white food. Some are vegan. Fixing vegan meals and yet pleasing the meat eaters can be challenging. Thank Goodness for pizzas. And double thank goodness for Pizza delivery. One grandchild has peanut allergies; these types of things are not a joke. We have had one hospital visit due to a plate of Christmas cookies given as a gift. It was a lesson learned very well by the rest of us. 5. Stay away from negativity and drama. Telling the truth is so essential, but perhaps holding one's tongue is even more critical. There are hot buttons we can avoid. But not always: Some drink a LOT of alcohol. Things can heat up late in the evening. Feelings can be hurt, and angry words cannot be taken back.

Sometimes when there are house-guests, I need to be alone, not to be lonely but to enjoy my own company in peace. It is helpful to recharge my energy for hosting.

Go to bed before this happens.

We all have the power to change anything, even house guest woes. We are the ones who choose the things we focus our thoughts upon. We feel our own feelings, and no one else can do this for us. Knowing this, it is easier not to blame others for our angst.

Let people do what is right for them. Do not pressure them to conform to your likes.

Believe good things will happen, and the Universe will see that they do.

Here are some tips that may help! 1. If it feels wrong, don't say it. "Well, that is the way it happened!" "Oh! No! You are wrong. This is what happened!" Siblings often have differing views of family stories or their role in them. But it does not have to erupt in angry name-calling. You are in control of your actions. You control your own words, and temper. 2. Don't be afraid to say no. "NO! Your dog cannot sit on your lap while at the table." or perhaps even more helpful. "Sorry you cannot bring your dog(s)." One time we counted 11 dogs in a photo we took over Thanksgiving years ago. But when our grown children began having children, things changed. After a horrific and nearly fatal dogfight, the new rule was "You can bring your dogs or you can bring your children, but you cannot bring both dogs and children. You will have to decide which." 3. Don't be afraid to say yes.

6. Let go of what you cannot control

7. One final suggestion: Just love them. We will suffer as long as we allow what others say or do to cause an emotional reaction in us. Real power is restraint, and in sitting back and observing everything with logic and patience. If words can control us, everyone can control us. We must take a deep breath and let things pass on by. Our family tensions will be reduced, and we will be able to visit in peace and harmony. Happiness starts with us. Not with our guests, or their manners, eating habits, clothes or political views, or even how well we get along. Happiness is a choice we have the power to make. Choose wisely.

Bonnie B. Matheson is the author of Ahead of the Curve, an intimate conversation with women in the second half of life. Bonnie is a health and wellness coach, author, motivational speaker, mother and grandmother. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and is enjoying her “second fifty years� immensely. After she was divorced several years ago, she began to write and speak about women (and men) in the second half of life while juggling other interests, including her five children and twelve grandchildren. Bonnie was the executive director of the Institute for New Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. She founded Childbirth Solutions, LLC (an information website for pregnant women) and later Acquired Wireless Ltd.(an ISP). Ms. Matheson has a story to tell and and all sorts of steps for her audience to take towards a more enjoyable and fulfilling life.




Dolley Madison Legacy Luncheon Held at Montpelier

Montpelier hosted their foundations' annual Dolley Madison Legacy

Luncheon, held on Tuesday, May 14 at Montpelier. The luncheon commemorated the 251st anniversary of Dolley's birthday. More than 300 guests enjoyed a tour of the House and an elegant luncheon on the back lawn, then were treated to a presentation by guest speaker Landscape Architect Thomas Woltz. All photos are attributed to Jen Fariello. photos: top (l-r), Lara Ignaczak, Brooke Spencer, Molly Hardie; top center Sarah Rominsky, Emmie Woody, Tess Lohr, Heather Brundage; top right Jill Stockwell with a festive hat and beautiful table. Second Row (l-r), Katherine Douglas, Connie Dulaney; second center Katherine Wilkins, Dana Harris, Pam Edmonds, Gretchen Hechl, Linda Gibson. Third Row (l-r), Margaret Littleton, Betty Anne Trible, Nicole Perry, Lynn Wiley; third far right Betsy Casteen, Robin Baliles, Patty Epps; Bottom row (l-r), Kat Imhoff, Flossie Fowlkes, Elizabeth Von Hassell; lastly, Kat Imoff with guest speaker Thomas Woltz.


MAY 2019


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• 2 bone-in chicken breasts • 1 tablespoon good olive oil or canola oil • salt and freshly ground pepper • 3 cloves garlic , minced • 2/3 cup dry white wine • 1/2 cup chicken stock • 2 tablespoon lemon zest • 2 tablespoons heavy cream • 4 tablespoons cold butter


• Preheat oven to 375ºF.

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• Heat olive oil over high or medium-high heat in oven-safe medium-sized skillet. Pat chicken breasts very dry and season with salt and pepper. Use tongs to place chicken skin side down in hot oil and brown well, about 5-7 minutes, depending on the heat of your stove. Flip and cook another 3-5 minutes. • Place in oven and let cook for 8 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165ºF. Remove skillet from oven and place on stove over low heat, then place chicken breasts on a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Make sure you're VERY careful about not touching the skillet handle without a potholder, as it's 375º! • Pour off excess fat in skillet, leaving about 2 teaspoons. Sauté minced garlic in skillet, stirring constantly, about 1 minutes, or until fragrant. Add in your wine to deglaze, and use a whisk to scrape off all the burny bits (fond) on the surface of the skillet. Raise heat to high and let reduce to about half, about 5 minutes. Then add in chicken stock and lemon zest and let reduce to about half, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low.

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MAY 2019

503 Faulconer Drive Charlottesville, VA 22903 Office: 434.295.1131 Fax: 434.293.7377

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Spectacular setting along golf course, Rivanna River and seven-mile Rivanna Hiking Trail. Elegant home built circa 1999 by one of Charlottesville’s best contractors. Features include 6 bedrooms and 6 baths, over 7000 finished square feet, spacious rooms with high or vaulted ceilings, a great design for daily living and entertaining, quality materials throughout with attention to finishes and details and superb craftsmanship. Not another estate home in Charlottesville has such a magnificent, private setting with countless country club amenities! MLS#589447 $1,629,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

◆ LA FOURCHE ◆ Historic gem in the heart of Keswick restored and updated circa 1788. Main house with attached tavern and party barn on 4 acres. Views of Southwest Mountains. Minutes to Charlottesville and UVA. MLS#587033 $2,475,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250

◆ BRAMBLEWOOD ◆ 522-acre sanctuary with a magnificent manor home, two other residences and a barn, in a beautiful and private setting in the heart of Keswick. MLS#586571 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076 For full details, visit:

◆ LAFAYETTE ◆ Tucked in a quiet and peaceful setting down a delightfully tree-lined lane is this attractive, three-story clapboard house. First floor master suite, five additional bedrooms on 91 gently rolling acres, great views, stream. MLS#574119 $2,395,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

◆ CARAPAN ◆ Exquisite English Country home on 2.5 acres in Keswick Estates with lovely views of the golf course and distant mountains. Architecturally designed, 7,000+ square foot residence with 5 bedrooms. MLS#451592 $1,650,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250

◆ STONY POINT ◆ Special sanctuary-12.7 acres, very private and tranquil, only 10 miles to Charlottesville. Onelevel cottage, open floor plan, sunroom, large deck with view to lovely mountain stream running through the land. MLS#587733 $424,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

◆ ARCOURT ◆ French-inspired, custom stone home on 22 acres in Keswick Hunt Country, with superb construction and details. Three-stall stable; spacious carriage home; fenced for horses in a beautiful, private setting. MLS#588398 $2,345,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076 16


Virginia Twin Ponds Offered for the first time in over 50 years, “Twin Ponds” is in the heart of the Keswick

Hunt. Solidly built for the current owners, there are four bedrooms and two and one-half baths with a full unfinished basement. The roof was replaced in 2018 and all windows were replaced in 2013. On a knoll overlooking the two stream-fed ponds for which

the Property is named, the residence is privately situated well off Gordonsville Road with beautiful views of the Southwest Mountains. The land is evenly divided between

pasture and mature forest. There are division rights should one wish to build additional residences. $565,000 Joe Samuels 434-981-3322

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Cowherd Mountain Farm In a private valley of the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District near Somerset and James Madison’s Montpelier, Cowherd Mtn Farm enjoys fertile soil and abundant water. Revolutionary War Vet Francis Cowherd purchased from James Madison and left his name on the mountain which serves as a shelter to the farm. Approximately 1/2 the farm is established pasture with the balance in mature forest. This is the Keswick Hunt and suitable for horses or other livestock. With morning sun, afternoon shade, & gentle slope, this is perfect for a vineyard. The farmhouse has 3 br’s and 2 baths for a farm mgr or as a staging area while you build on a knoll overlooking the valley to the mountains. $1,785,000 Joe Samuels 434-981-3322

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MAY 2019


The Day the House Fell Apart It started with the TV in the bedroom. While I’d been

watching it the evening before, in the morning I got a Directv screen that said, “No connection.” I tried the usual tricks, checking the remote, turning it off and on, disconnecting it, all to no avail. That meant a visit from our geek squad, cost: $175. Before I called them, I checked the set in the TV room. It too was on the blink as was the internet router. To see if I could reset both, I had to open the doors in the back of the enclosure that held all the stuff, get down on my belly and squeeze into the 18” space where all the connections were, unplug both components and see if I could get them to restart. Dark and cramped, the experience is akin to cave diving, okay for a limber, younger person but not for an oldster like me. Unplugging the router and TV, I laid there in the gloom for thirty seconds waiting for the gizmos to reboot. Plugged them back in, struggled to my feet and hustled back into the TV room to see if I’d solved the problem, No go, the router and Directv lights refused to come on. I tried calling Directv but just got an automated voice that kept telling me to do what I’d already done. I got so frustrated that I found myself yelling, “I tried that, I tried that.” Until I realized that there was little point in yelling at someone who wasn’t there. Then I tried but it too stonewalled me. They instruct you to tell them what your problem is and then respond, “We don’t have any information on that.” So I gave up and called the geek squad, well aware that three problems would now cost me $250 or more. And we’d just made a big investment in a new business venture so we were running thin financially. Plus I’d recently had oral surgery that cost me five grand so I was feeling really poor. In the meantime, the pool guy had been opening our pool and I heard him knocking on the door. “Got it going?” I asked him. He shook his head and said, “Barely, it took me an hour to prime it. You’re going to need a new pump.” And then his face took on an ugly sneer and he snorted, “And I’m not coming back here unless you put in a variable speed pump, I’ve had it messing with that piece of crap.”


“How much is that going to cost me?”

“Fifteen hundred plus parts and labor.” “Can’t you find me a used one? I’m getting a little short on funds.”

Steven says he’s in the neighborhood and will be glad to stop by. “Be over in a half hour,” he tells me. In the meantime, I return home, grousing about my predicament, to find Annie smiling at the front door. “I fixed it,” she says.

“I told you, I’m not messing with anything but a variable speed pump. You can find someone else if you want to.”

“Fixed what?”

Here I was getting an ultimatum from a supplier, but what choice did I have?

“How’d you do that?” I ask.

It didn’t stop there. After the pool guy took off in a huff, my wife came out of the laundry room saying, “Goddamn washing machine won’t go through its cycle. We’re going to have to get the repairman out. I just hope he can fix it and we don’t have to get a new one.” I’m totaling up the potential costs, $250 for the TVs, $2500 for the pool and possibly $600 for a new washing machine, thirty-five hundred bucks so far and counting and it isn’t even ten o’ciock. What else could go wrong? I soon found out. Hopping in the Gator to start my weed-whacking, it would start but when I put it into gear, the engine cut off. Three times, four times…no go. The last time Chris had come out to fix the Gator it was eight hundred bucks. Now I’m over four grand in repair costs and headed for five. Okay, I try to rationalize to myself. The house, Gator and washing machine are twenty years old. I guess I should expect things to go on the fritz, but five in one day? And the day’s still young yet. I call the geek squad, they can’t get here for four days, Annie calls the repairman, he’s coming in three days. I decide to run into town and talk to John, the owner of Charlottesville Sanitary Supply, about my options for the pool. He’s the local pool genius, selling all kinds of pool stuff and he recommended the ornery pool guy. I tell him the story and he shakes his head and says, “You’re not the only one who’s complained about him.” He hands me a card, “Call Steven, you need a second opinion, he’s a straight shooter and maybe he can give you another option.”

“The two TVs and the router.”

“They don’t call me Engineer Annie for nothing. Just had to flick a few switches and presto, they came back on.” Steven shows up, I take him into the garage where the pool stuff is and point out the failed pump to him. He turns a few levers, flicks off the pump for a minute then turns it on again. “Your pump’s fine, just needed to be backwashed. Your filter sand is dirty but that’s no big deal. I can take care of that easily.” “Wow!” I’m thinking. The TVs and internet are fixed and the pool is no big deal. Things are looking up for Tony. But it doesn’t stop there. Wendy, our housekeeper, takes a look at the wash machine and says, “I think I know what’s wrong.” And she fixes it. This afternoon is turning out to be a symphony of positives and it isn’t even afternoon yet. Thinking I might have a Royal Straight Flush, I hop in the Gator and give it a try. Nope, I just end up with Four of a Kind. But who cares? I’ve gone from being out five grand to somewhere under one and I get to watch the basketball semi-finals tonight. When George finally shows up, it only took him a half hour to get the Gator going. Just goes to show that some days everything turns out right—who knew?




The Heat is On - Summer Reads BY SUZANNE NASH

The heat is on and the summer days mean time for the beach or pool.

I have been taking advantage of afternoons at Keswick Club and soaking up the sun while reading my way through this month’s book list. I thought I’d start you off with some nonfiction selections. The first book has a long title…Mrs. Sherlock

Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation and the title sort of fills you in on the subject matter. Author Brad Ricca explores the life and career of Grace Humiston who was a lawyer, detective and the first female U.S. District Attorney. She was a New York Society girl who after becoming a lawyer starts to discover the problems immigrants have in this country. Many of her clients are Italians who are promised jobs in the US but once they are here, they find themselves trapped in a financial nightmare. Grace follows the trail to Louisiana and Florida, pursuing unethical employers who basically run a slave trade. When an 18-yearold girl, Ruth Cruger, goes missing and cops just write her disappearance off as a runaway, Grace starts to look into it and becomes convinced that it a possible case of white slavery. This is a pretty incredible story of a trailblazing woman that I had never heard about prior to this book.

Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas is another book about strong women and the man they inspired. Local author, Donna M. Lucey,

also wrote another book I recommended a while back, Archie and Amalie. This time Donna spent years researching the many female portraits of Singer Sargent, looking for the women who moved her to learn more about them. Each section is devoted to one of the women…except for one, which covers two. The Pilgrim is about Elsie Palmer, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is about Sally and Lucia Fairchild, The Madonna is about Elizabeth Chanler and The Collector is about Isabella Stewart Gardner. Each of these women were captivating and family friends of Singer Sargent and he painted them in a way that still draws people to their rich personalities.

Go to My Grave by Catriona McPherson Milkman by Anna Burns is by far my favorite is a mystery that takes place in Ireland where a lovely B&B has just been opened by a mother and daughter team. The Breakers is on the coast in Galloway and Donna Weaver has guests arriving for an anniversary celebration, but those guests know the house because they have been there before, a long time ago. All eight have gathered and the view is great, and the food is amazing and then one by one they start showing up dead! The relationship between these friends is not all that it seems and as Donna has to piece together the real motive behind the murders, before she becomes one of the victims. This is a great little gem of a mystery that’s perfect for the summer. Take a journey to Tangiers this summer for another great mystery. Christine Mangan will delight you with her debut novel, Tangerine. It’s the 1950s in Tangiers and Alice Shipley is trying to find her way in a new environment with her husband John. She hates Tangiers and spends all of her days locked away in her apartment too scared to go out. Suddenly her old friend, Lucy Mason, shows up at the door and everything gets crazier. The book alternates narrators between Alice and Lucy and the reader starts to get a look at their past relationship and the “incident” that ended their friendship. You are never sure whether you are hearing the truth from each narrator or not. Each chapter reveals their own perspective on events that transpire, and they don’t always agree on how things unfold. The two girls had roomed together in college in the Northeast and were inseparable until something happened that caused Alice to leave Lucy behind and get married. Now they are back together, wary of each other and unsure of their future. This is a slowly building mystery which matches the heat of the summer and I think it’s a perfect summer read that will transport you to the exotic land of Morroco…so sip your mint tea and relax into this intoxicating novel.

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read in a long time. Truth be told, I listened to this book on tape which be why I loved it so much. This is a literary masterpiece and won the Mann Booker Prize in 2018, which doesn’t surprise me a bit but it may be a little difficult for the American reader as it has the literary rhythm of the Northern Irish voice and it doesn’t address points full on but works its way around them lyrically. Taking place in Belfast this is a bit of an ode to the authors childhood and what life in Belfast during the troubles was like, but I have found this is the first book I have read that seems to truly give voice to the complexity of the situation. I loved it and loved the narrators voice. There aren’t really any names given to the characters….just descriptions such as “maybeboyfriend”. The narrator is middle sister, and she has the unfortunate habit of reading while walking which makes her stand out in the neighborhood and because she stands out she catches the eye of a paramilitary man known only as the milkman, who really isn’t a milkman but you will learn more about that as you read. Suddenly middle sister becomes “interesting,” which is NOT a good thing, and the rumors start to flow about her, which of course get back to her mother. Violence is never far from the mind and fear abounds as everything that is done or left undone can put people in danger. This book is poignant and wickedly funny in parts, but it is essentially an Irish book and you have to approach it with an ear for the language and the story telling tradition of that area of the world. It is a complex novel but I absolutely love it and hope you will too! So, enjoy these lovely books as you relax in to the summer months and try and stay cool! More to come to while away your long days next month!

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AnnAndAle, c. 1804 9244 Dixie Drive The centerpiece of this stately c. 1804 Virginia estate of 63 manicured acres is a comprehensively, tastefully renovated and modernized federal manor home sited dramatically to overlook a 4 acre lake and the rolling hills of the Piedmont beyond. The Annandale residence features 12 foot ceilings, 4 fireplaces, and luxurious 1st floor master suite. Notable dependencies and improvements include a pool shaded by massive hardwoods, guest house, 3 bed farm manager’s house, covered dock / sitting area by the lake, and Sears dairy barn charmingly converted to stables. Acreage fenced and cross fenced for horses. 25 minutes to Charlottesville, 1 hour to Richmond, 2 hours to DC, moments to Gordonsville conveniences.


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




An exceptional Country residence and equine facility only a short 10 min drive east of Charlottesville, Virginia . The stucco and stone 6-bedroom residence, built in 2005, has all that a buyer would hope for in a open floor plan. First floor master suite, private wood paneled office, open kitchen and French doors designed to take in the views. Exercise room, media room, infinity pool, hot tub and pavilion, gardens and lawns, 7-stall stone stable and riding ring. 2 detached garage spaces, 2 guest quarters, a large pond, gated entrance, fenced paddocks on all sides. Immense privacy with extraordinary views.

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In a private valley of the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District near Somerset and James Madison's Montpelier, Cowherd Mtn Farm enjoys fertile soil and abundant water. Revolutionary War Vet Francis Cowherd purchased from James Madison and left his name on the mountain which serves as a shelter to the farm. Approximately 1/2 the farm is established pasture with the balance in mature forest. This is the Keswick Hunt and suitable for horses or other livestock. With morning sun, afternoon shade, & gentle slope, this is perfect for a vineyard. The farmhouse has 3 br's and 2 baths for a farm mgr or as a staging area while you build on a knoll overlooking the valley to the mountains. Not in conservation easement with potential tax benefits


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



Guaranteed, this remarkable c. 1930 cottage tucked away in Keswick yet just 10 mins from Downtown, will steal your heart w/ its endless charms, privacy & history. The owner’s wonderful aesthetic sense & light touch on the renovation front have only enhanced Black Cat Cabin’s appeal. The vaulted living room is light and airy, even as it is framed by a massive stone fireplace. Soapstone counters in the kitchen compliment exposed beams. The untouched cabin walls in the dining room, with another stone fireplace, provide the perfect counter point to the white washed living room. Screen porches on both floors bring the outside in. Massive hardwoods shade expansive, level lawns. Who knew this well loved, historic gem was here, in Keswick Estate?! . For further information contact Loring Woodriff 434.466.2992 t r

Cobham Creek Farm A thoughtfully designed 26 acre equestrian farmstead set among large estates just 20 minutes from Charlottesville. The main residence, once a barn, was restored and expanded by noted contractor Ralph Dammann. There are 3 bedrooms with full baths, . A newer whole-house generator sits aside the 2car garage A small, stocked pond borders the front lawn and long driveway. Numerous paddocks encompass the farm. The traditional center aisle barn has 5 stalls, tack room, wash rack and attached hay storage. A separate large shed holds 2 additional stalls. A recently built and truly comfortable one bedroom cottage sits across from the barn. Just beyond is a riding arena. A complete RV hook up station adds further potential for accommodations. For further information contact Frank Hardy 434.296.0134 t




Misty Ridge Farm

Landmark country estate located in the beautiful Keswick hunt area of Albemarle Co. House was completely renovated in the early 1990's using only the finest materials & craftsmen. Surrounding 507+/- acres further compliments the house and allows the property complete privacy. The estate has many improvements including one of the oldest houses in the county "Findowrie", 4 tenant/guest cottages, stable complex & cattle barn.Property has numerous rolling pastures that are fenced w/board & wire . For further information contact Justin H. Wiley 434-981-5528




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


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Virginia Scripps Semmes died peace-

fully at home in Cismont, Va., on Friday, May 24, 2019, with her two dogs by her side.

STONEY CREEK WEST AT WINTERGREEN Ski in the morning, play golf in the afternoon! Our custom golf front 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sits on the 9th fairway with views of the Blue Ridge and the Club House. We feature 3,352 sf of living space including hardwood floors, a master suite plus a mini-master suite on the main level, a spacious family room with a stone, gas fireplace, a living room and sun room and an attached garage with a workshop area. There are 2 large guest bedrooms with a guest bathroom on the upper level. The landscaped lot is an oasis of privacy with a circular driveway and mature plantings. We are down in the Valley and the Wintergreen ski slopes are minutes away at the famous All Season Resort. Check this feature list! Whole house fan, 9 foot ceilings, most rooms just painted, carpets cleaned, the ceramic tile painting was hand crafted by the owner. Floored pull down attic. New golf view Trex rear deck with the hot tub just serviced and repaired. Underground pet fence exists. 4 zone HVAC. Underground propane tank, just filled, is owned so choose your own Company! Master bath vanities have instant hot water. $429,900

She is survived by her brother, John Scripps of Alabama; and by her three children, Virginia Semmes Craven, also of Cismont, John Ridgely Gardner and William Edmund Scripps Gardner, of Palm Coast, Florida and Annapolis, Maryland. Her grandchildren are Cameron Stoll, Christopher Craven, Jamie Craven, W.E.S. Gardner Jr., Elizabeth Nguyen, and Lindsey Rivero; and her great-grandchildren, Elliot Rivero, Griffin Rivero, and August Nguyen. Mrs. Semmes was preceded in death by her husband, Prewitt Semmes Jr.; and her daughter, Faith Semmes, both of whom died in 2010. She leaves behind a host of devoted friends and extended family a tribute to the love for her shared by a large and embracing circle. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Virginia Semmes was a pillar of the Charlottesville/Keswick communities. She was a tireless advocate for animals and sat on the Board of the CASPCA for more than a decade. Just over a week before her death, she served as an esteemed judge for the Eastminster Dog Show, an event she created 35 years ago. Perhaps her crowning achievement was her dedication to the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center at the University of Virginia. She was instrumental in the creation of the center, continued to serve as a Board Member Emeritus and volunteered in the Infusion Center for many years. Virginia Semmes' death closes a chapter in her family, as she was the last of a very special generation. But, her elegance, grace and indomitable spirit will long remain in the hearts of all who knew her. A celebration of her life will be held at Keswick Hunt Club, Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Supportive Care Programs at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, UVA Cancer Center Development Office, Box 800773, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Eva Pearson Poe. Mr. Poe is survived by his first wife Helen Cameron Poe and by their children Steve and Larry Poe, also by Steve’s children Trevor and Kalee and Larry’s children Whitney, Lauren, and Justin. His grandchild Kalee and her husband have a newborn daughter Everlee New. Other relations include his brother Thomas L. Poe of Florida and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, as his father and mother raised 10 children. While growing up, he enjoyed playing baseball, hunting and hounds, and playing music. In 1954 he became the youngest professional huntsman when hired at Piedmont Hunt and later hunted the Fairfax, Middleburg, and Foxwood Hounds. He was inducted into the Huntsman’s Hall of Fame in the Museum of Hounds and Hunting in Leesburg, Virginia, along with his brother Melvin, in 2011. He also farmed, bred American foxhounds, and trained race horses. Albert had many friends in Loudoun, Fauquier, and Culpeper Counties. Many thanks to friends Linda and Harald Malmgren for their care and support of him. Funeral services were in Middleburg, Virginia, at the Royston Funeral Home on Friday, May 24th . A private interment took place in Leeds Cemetery at Markham, Virginia. There was a Celebration of Life. at the Virginia Hound Show at Morven Park, hosted by the Warrenton Hunt. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Huntsman’s Fund at the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America at SERVICES - Funeral Service ,Friday, May 24, 2019 1:00 PM

Albert O. Poe, 87, passed away May 18, 2019 in the hospital at Warrenton, Virginia. He was born July 8, 1931 in Fauquier County, VA to Oliver (Ollie) Poe and

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AERIE FARM – Located in the Somerset area of Orange, this 1850 manor house has many improvements. The main house has 4 bedrooms, dining room, breakfast room, study, original living room, library and 2 galleries. The 170-acre estate is further enhanced by a 4 bedroom guest house, 3 stall stable, two new garage/workshops, studio, swimming pool, formal gardens, and a fenced cutting/vegetable garden.

RIVER ROCK FARM – A beautiful farm with long frontage on the Lynch River and great views of the Blue Ridge. The main residence was custom built with reclaimed materials, native fieldstone and on-site milled oak counters. Sited for complete privacy, the home, a copper system pool and pool house enjoy beautiful views of the Blue Ridge. Pastures and a barn complex with riding trails, guest cottage/rental round complete this offering. High speed internet available.

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PUMPHOUSE ROAD – Small horse property located in the heart of Somerset and the Keswick Hunt. This mostly open and fenced 14.5 acre offering has a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house built in the 1940’s. Many recent improvements include a finished basement, 2 renovated bathrooms and remodeled kitchen. Situated at the end of a county road with great privacy. A 4-stall stable with tack room, wash stall & 2 new run-in sheds make this a great horse property.

MONTFORD ROAD – 133 acres of gently rolling, rich farmland in historic Somerset. An estate caliber property currently in 4 tax map parcels. Great views of the Blue Ridge and excellent soils. Across from the back entrance of Montpelier. Excellent candidate for conservation easement. Please do not drive on fields.

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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.

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.

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