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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - June 2015


In this issue


Hot Dog Parties also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more



v i r g i n i a ’ s H o r s e C o u n t ry W NE RING FE F O

HISTORIC CAMERON LODGE ~ Nestled in the protected heart of Somerset estates; this 66 acre estate has spectacular views to the east and west. Situated on a gently sloped ridge atop the southwest mountains, with mature plantings and specimen trees, this parcel has numerous improvements, including the 1835 Lodge, three cottages; two mortise and tenon chestnut barns and numerous other farm buildings.

ANNANDALE ~ Circa 1805 Federal brick estatelocated in beautiful Orange County, just minutes from Gordonsville and 25 minutes to Charlottesville. The 3800 square foot manor house has twelve foot ceilings on the main floor and 10 foot on the second. The recent renovations spared no expense and include a new master suite, country kitchen, and all new mechanicals. The mostly open 63 acres includes two guest cottages, an original Sears barn (converted into a stable and entertainment center), swimming pool, extensive plantings and a newly constructed four acre lake. All of which make this property an ideal turnkey country estate.

SPRING BROOK c. 1850 ~ This renovated VA farm house is situated on 34 open acres w/ beautiful mtn. views in Orange Co. The 4-bedrm. 3.5 bath house is in excellent condition & w/4000+/- fin. sq. ft. is a perfect size. Property is further complimented with a bank barn used for entertaining or game room/studio. Also included is a large pole barn (stable conversion), guest cottage, garage/workshop, pool, fully fenced, spring-fed pond. Spring Brook is the ideal VA Farm, located 25 min. from Charlottesville and two hours from D.C.

AIRSLIE ~ 507 acre Landmark country estate located in the beautiful Keswick hunt area of Albemarle County. The house was completely renovated in the early 1990’s using only the finest materials and craftsmen. The surrounding 507+/- acres further compliments the house and allows the property complete privacy. The estate has many other improvements including the oldest, unaltered house in the county “Findowrie”, 4 tenant/guest cottages, stable complex and cattle barn. The property has numerous rolling pastures that are fenced with board and wire.

JACKSON’S CAMP ~ 456 acres located in the beautiful Rapidan area of Orange County. This mostly open parcel is currently operated as a cattle and hay farm with much of it newly fenced. The property has an abundance of water, including three ponds (ideal for duck hunting), long frontage on Mountain Run, and automatic waterers in most all fields. A current wildlife management program has generated an incredible crop of large deer. The land is completely private with many great building sites, yet conformant to the look of Orange and only 1 ½ hours from Washington DC. A portion of the land is protected by a conservation easement.

LAUREL RIDGE ~ English country manor homedesigned by Kurt Wassenaar & built by Carl Hrebik. Located amongst large, protected estates in the North Garden area of Albemarle Co. just 20 min. from town. Property also has a swimming pool, storage barn, kennel & workshop. House is in very good condition & the kitchen was recently redone. Completely private setting with long frontage on the Hardware River.

Justin H. Wiley 434.981.5528

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

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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



Joe Shields has led integrated digital marketing and public relations programs for consumer, biopharmaceutical, and government organizations. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BA in English literature and communication studies from Roanoke College, where he received a senior scholar award for fiction in 1995. He lives with his family in Keswick.


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October Farm offers a distinguished, classical brick residence set in the heart of 21 gently rolling, open acres with Blue Ridge views and dotted with mature hardwoods, a large pond, a stable with paddocks, and large, regulation size dressage ring. Interior highlights include high ceilings, 3 fireplaces, extensive trimwork, built-ins, & lovely views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The large eat-in kitchen is open to the den’s casual living space, a covered porch, and inviting courtyard patio surrounded by 3 sides of the house. Billie Magerfield (434) 962-8865. MLS# 533691

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Summertime! Get in the know with all that Keswick has to offer in the Summer! Susan Rives captures a group of Keswick Juniors in her great photo taken at a Sunday evening hot dog party. On this page, photo from the left: Sandy Rives, Sommers Olinger and Whitney Gammell enjoy a lazy afternoon with ‘Keswick Family’ and friends.

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The Lockhart’s daughter, Victoria Maclaren Lockhart, was married to Jerome Stephen Katz from Richmond, Virginia at the 1st Congregational Church, Nantucket. Keswick Life has photos and details; read all about it!



Mary Morony’s column this month is an exclusive for Keswick Life - What Happens When Remarkable Mommas Ain’t Happy - step back into 1958 with the story of a political maneuver that affected area schools, including Venable Elementary and Lane High School, during segregation, Senator Byrd’s Massive Resistance and ten remarkable and clear-sighted mothers who were really not happy.





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JUNE 2015

OVERHEARD Here and there... in Keswick by the Numbers 1 - Bentley seen traveling on Keswick Roads, 100 - plus degrees feels like in the Keswick environs, 1000 - plus stones at the Castalia entrance, Uncountable round hay bales in Keswick fields! On and Off The Market “Linden Ridge” at 1570 Saint John Road is back on the market at $3,250,000. It is a 1920’s restored 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4,950 sf, Colonial Revival home on 70 acres. We are seeing 14 price reductions in Glenmore this month on re-sales. They seem to follow each other downwards as the competition heats up. Most expensive reduction was at 3068 Darby Road, a 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath, 6928 sf home down to $1,397,000. Five homes in Glenmore did go under contract, the most expensive being 1375 Taterstall Court at $1,375,000 and 2 new construction homes sold, 1425 Sunderland Lane at $638,000 and 2412 Ferndown Lane at $587,371. Two homes came on the market in Keswick Estate, 880 Club Drive, a 4 bedroom French Provincial resale home by Ralph Dammann at $1,425,000 and 1118 Club Drive, a French Provincial new home by Tom Sellinger at $1,488,000. 4030 Fairway Drive, on Broadmoor Lake, was reduced down to $1,398,000 from an original $1,450,000. New around the area is 119 Distan Ct in Hidden Hills, a 5 bedroom, 5 bath 5764 sf home on 2 acres at $750,000. 875 Black Cat Road, a 4 bedroom, 4 bath home on 2 acres is available at $695,000. 675 Black Cat Road, a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on 2.5 acres is under contract at $685,000. Also 373 Clarks Tract, listed at $229,900 went under contract as did 5515 Gordonsville Rd, “Mulberry Hill” with 22.5 acres listed at $546,500. 7165 Gordonsville Rd, “Fox Run Farm”, a 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath home on 20 acres is now priced at $1,600,000 down from an original $2,400,000. 2347 Paddock Wood Road, 128 acres with a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home, is reduced to $1,495,000 from an original $1,795,000. 3304 Keswick Road, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 2.5 acres sold for $263,000 and 2256 Beaverdam Road with 2 bedrooms on 3 acres sold in 1 day. Finally, 3 new listings in Glenmore: 1143 Cambridge Hill Lane, a 7 bedroom, 6.5 bath home is at $1,799,000. 3400 Dunscroft is available at $399,000 and a brick cottage at 1550 Bremberton Lane is available at $549,000.


Grelen Nursery and The Market at Grelen were hon-

ored to be chosen to participate in the 2015 Southern Living Design House. Grelen Nursery did all of the landscaping and The Market at Grelen provided some annuals, topiaries and more for planters to complete the transformation.

Letters The story of the “pony” in the May issue of Keswick Life is almost as inspiring as the triple crown winner...what a friend!

Spotted The Taylor brothers, Peter & Rocky, along with Sandy Rives and a few others spent some time boating and fishing in and around Nantucket in between the Lockhart’s daughter’s wedding activities.

Supporters The Montpelier Cabinet Dinner guests arrived in style with big smiles and excitement that is all about David Rubenstein’s recent $10mm gift to grease the wheels on all the improvements that are underway and coming to James Madison’s Montpelier. Photos by Jen Fariello from the top: Bill and Jane Remington with Kat Imhoff; Terry Whittier and Michael Blakely; Paul and Diane Manning then Rohn and Carol Laudenschlager.





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

CELEBRATE Independence Day Naturalization Celebration

KIDS CAMPS Virginia House Summer Camps

Where: : Monticello When: July 4th

The Honorable Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will be the featured speaker at its 53rd Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony, the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony held outside of a courtroom in the United States. “We are honored to welcome Virginia’s 72nd governor to the home of its second governor, Thomas Jefferson,” said Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. Governor McAuliffe will be the eighth governor of Virginia to speak at Monticello’s Independence Day Celebration. This July 4th will mark the 239th anniversary of American independence. Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, died at Monticello on July 4, 1826—the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration.Since 1963, more than 3,000 individuals have been sworn in as American citizens on Independence Day at Monticello in proceedings presided over by the U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia.The Naturalization Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. EDT. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Visitors interested in attending the ceremony should visit www. monticello.org/july4. Reservations are recommended, but not required.Following the ceremony, visitors can enjoy a Jeffersonian open house with ice cream and free walk-through tours (with registration).For those who cannot attend in person, the ceremony and speech will be live-streamed starting at 9 a.m. on July 4 at www.monticello.org.

FAMILY FUN Reds, Whites and Bluegrass Where: Keswick Vineyards When: Saturday, July 4th 12 - 3pm

Celebrate the 4th of July at Keswick Vineyards with some great Red & White Virginia wines and Bluegrass music performed by local band Bent Mountain Trio! Come hungry because we will have lots of delicious food available for you to purchase here this year. Blue Ridge Pizza Co. will be here serving up their delicious wood-fired pizzas and ice cream treats, Black Jack’s Mobile Soul Food Kitchen will be here with some mouth-watering home style food choices, and we are so excited to welcome The Pie Guy here for the first time, bringing a taste of Australia to our celebration with their savory and sweet pies! No entry fee, just grab your picnic blankets, chairs, and friends and come have a great time! All ages welcome. Pet-friendly, but dogs must be kept on a leash when outside of our fenced-in dog park. For further information:(434) 244-3341 x 105 - tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com.

WALKING TOUR Garden & Grounds Tour Where: Montpelier When: July 4th

Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn about the

grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation. Begins at 2 PM from the Visitor Center. Free.

Where: Virginia House, Richmond When: July - August

July 20-24

FOODIES Edible Feast Where: Downtown Orange When: Saturday, August 8th

The Fourth Annual edible Fest in Orange is set for Saturday, August 8 in Downtown Orange. Delicious Celebration of the Earth-toTable Movement To Again Feature Demos From Top Area Chefs; Vibrant Marketplace Including Leading Vendors; Edna Lewis Dining Court; “DIY Tent” With Demos From Array of Sustainable Living Experts; Kids’ Activities, Live Music And More ORANGE, VIRGINIA – March 2, 2015 – The Orange Downtown Alliance and edible Blue Ridge.

EXPLORE Southern Living Idea House Where: Bundoran Farm When: June 27- December 27th

Situated in the rolling hills of Charlottesville, Virginia, the 2015 Southern Living Idea House is located at Bundoran Farm—a preservation community where a majority of the land is protected landscape. Renowned designer and Charlottesville-native Bunny Williams is working alongside Rosney Co. Architects to design the quintessential Virginia farmhouse, filled with hundreds of fresh ideas for decorating, architect and gardening. Summit Custom Homes, Southern Living Custom Builder Program Member of the Year 2014, built the home nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains on Bundoran Farm, this year’s Idea House truly reflects Southern architecture, design and culture. In addition to the bustling city life of Charlottesville, VA, found only a short 15 minute drive north, visitors can expect to fully experience the charm and simplicity of Southern style seen all throughout this beautiful home. Hours of Operation: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are available for purchase at the Baldwin Center at Bundoran Farm: Tickets: $15 per person; children 12 and under are free.

- Jr. Ambassador Passport Travels: Campers ages 7-10 will explore the culture, food, geography, and music form countries where Alexander Weddell (Virginia House owner and resident from 1928 to 1948) served as a diplomat. Each day focuses on a different country, giving children the opportunity to compare and contrast customs and traditions from each country. At the end of the week campers will receive a passport certificate and share what they’ve learned with family and staff at a special party. August 3-7 - Diggin’ in the Dirt: Campers ages 6-8 will learn about Virginia plants, weather, and gardening. Projects include creating butterfly gardens, growing herbs, making stepping stones, learning cloud types, and weather charting. The week concludes with a Mad Hatter’s tea party hosted by the camp participants for family and staff, during which craft projects are presented and certificates distributed. August 17-21 - Jr. Master Gardener: Campers ages 9-11 will embark on an in-depth exploration of gardening in Virginia. Throughout the week, participants investigate the museum’s expansive gardens and grounds to learn first-hand about habitats, native plants, eco-friendly gardening, composting, and recycling. Campers will bring home a small garden of their own and ornaments crafted for outside use. At the end of the week, campers will share what they’ve learned with family and staff at a gardenthemed party. Children’s summer camps at the Virginia House are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Each program costs $150 for nonmembers’ children and grandchildren and $135 for VHS members’ children and grandchildren. For more information and registration, visit http://www.vahistorical.org/attend-event/programs-and-activities/family-and-youth-activities


JUNE 2015


Grace Church Farm Tour Kick Off Party


Photos by Bill Remington, top row: (l) Sandra Burke with Flip Bowers and Jane DeButts; Kate Johnson with Elizabeth Page then Lily Hutchins and Jane Remington. second row: Chris, Max and William Horner; Larry Tharpe with Michael Latsko, Peggy Augustus and Rev. Miles Smith then Jessica Carter with Alex Graves; third row: Reg and Kathy Woods; Barclay Rives then Stevia Anda with Steve Hutchins.




Second Annual Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot 5K

Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot 5K

The Second Annual Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot 5K was held on May 30th at Paul and Diane Manning’s Castalia. Runners, walkers and individual donors raised funds through the race for charity partner The Piedmont Environmental Council. Ann Mazur dominated the 5K Women’s division for the second year in a row, taking home a stirrup cup and prizes from The Market at Grelen and Horse and Hound Gastropub, along with a bottle of Barboursville wine. David Garnett of Henrico finished far in front of the 5K Men’s division field to win his own stirrup cup, Barboursville wine and a prize from The Inn at Willow Grove. The fastest Keswick Hunt Club finishers, male and female, were Joe Shields and Trish Zorn. In the Kids’ Mile, 8 year old Maddox Crouch won the girl’s division and 9 year old Henry Hallock won the boy’s division. Everyone was a winner in the Kid’s Scramble, led by Tony Gammell and his pack of Keswick hounds. Race participants were treated to a post-race Hunt Breakfast along with Michelob Ultra beer provided by Presenting Sponsor Virginia Eagle/Michelob Ultra and a tasting of Barboursville wines.

Photos by Natalie Krovetz, top row: (l) Bev Nash leads the pack with the hill then juniors with hound in the kids scramble; second row: Keswick Hunt Club’s best male finisher, Joe Shields; KHC Junior, Hallock, weaving his way through the pack to finish in first place in class then Jim Kalergis sporting the 2015 commemorative tee shirt. Third row: Huntsman, Tony Gammell, leads the hounds towards the barn.


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Photos from the top: Keswickian Susie Matheson, Scout Guide co-founder; Ashley Williams with Shelley Payne; Larry Jenkins; Greg Schmidt with Ed Harvey and finally the backdrop at Harkaway Farm in Keswick, Virginia at the Hilltopping in early June.

Linden Ridge 70 Acres in Keswick Here is understated elegance with wide verandas under a copper roof, amidst cottage gardens, and sweeping views. Totally updated and improved with a stunning kitchen, main level master suite, and 4 fireplaces. Dependencies include a cottage, garage, party barn and workshop, and first-rate equestrian facilities.


Kenwalt 722 Acres in Madison County






A popular hunting fixture in the Keswick Hunt. This extraordinary farm enjoys over a mile and a half of frontage on the Rapidan river and panoramic views of the Southwest Mountains and Blue Ridge. $5,700,000

FoxRun With 20 Acres in the Keswick Hunt Completely private and beautifully appointed, with over 7000 square feet of living space including a spectacular kitchen and master wing. Gardens, a pool, and extensive hardscape contribute to the graciousness of this lovely country estate. There is also a guest cottage and a fine stable. $1,600,000 For Details: Julia Parker Lyman Associate Broker (540) 748-1497 or julia@jtsamuels.com


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A Greater Gordonsville Town History

Gordonsville grew up around a tavern established by Nathaniel Gordon in 1794, where the traffic circle is today. After the railroad arrived in 1840, development began around the rail depot at the other end of town. By the 1850s they were filling in the gap, which is Main Street Gordonsville today. Gordon first settled the area when he purchased a plantation in Orange County in 1787. Later, he opened a popular tavern which hosted Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Major General the Marquis de Lafayette, among other famous figures of early America. Jefferson told southern legislators it was a “good house” for stopping over on their way to Congress. The community became officially known as “Gordonsville” in 1813 when Gordon was appointed the first postmaster of the area. Meanwhile, Gordonsville was a significant economic hub in the 19th century, becoming the center of trade in Orange County. It was a railroad junction with the north/south tracks of what was then the Orange & Alexandria, (today’s CSX) and the east/west Virginia Central, connecting Richmond to Staunton. Also, two major roads connected Gordonsville to the breadbasket of the Confederacy, the Shenandoah Valley. Those roads today are Rt. 33, the Rockingham Turnpike to Swift Run Gap and Rt. 231, the Blue Ridge Turnpike. The convergence of those historic routes with Route 15, at the traffic circle, position Gordonsville on the way to Virginia destinations in every direction. Gordonsville was a critical crossroads in the Civil War, as key supply lines funneled through town by rail and road. The Federals tried on several occasions to capture this town, without success. They came close, to the top of Cameron’s (Bell’s) Mountain, but they never took the town. Gordonsville also was home to the Exchange Hotel Civil War Receiving Hospital, treating more than 23,000 sick and wounded between June 1, 1863 and May 5, 1864. By war’s end over 70,000 men had been treated at the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital. The Exchange Hotel has been refurbished and is now a wonderful museum. Following the Civil War, Gordonsville remained a hub of activity, as travelers passed through town by road and rail. Train passengers were treated to traditional southern fare of biscuits and chicken by the town’s enterprising AfricanAmerican women who balanced their tasty treats on platters atop their heads for hungry train travelers. Gordonsville later became know as the “fried chicken capital of the universe”. Main Street teemed with commerce until the town’s devastating fire in 1916. When a new rail line in Barboursville reduced train traffic through town, Gordonsville gave up its mantle as the county commercial center. Like most small towns in America, Gordonsville is a Main Street community with commerce and social activities centered on its primary street. Churches, homes and businesses flank the treelined street giving Gordonsville a decidedly southern flair, rich with hospitality and charm. Today, Gordonsville’s Main Street is enjoying a commercial revival with boutique shops and restaurants making the town a destination once again. (Source: Gordonsville’s town website).

On Tuesday, June 2nd, at the town hall

in Gordonsville, an historic event, the inaugural membership meeting for Greater Gordonsville, Inc was held. Greater Gordonsville, Inc., or GGI, is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the economic, cultural, and historical development of the area and seeks to represent the interests of all stakeholders; including businesses, local citizens and the government. The agenda consisted of GGI initial activities to date and the explanation of the committees of GGI. Over 40+ individuals attended the meeting. The group’s enthusiasm, creativity, and contribution of suggestions was absolutely contagious. Following the meeting, a number of individuals have remarked that they sensed a greater level of energy and commitment to enhancing the community than ever before in their memory. We learned through the reports that GGI’s initial activities to date consisted of a formal meeting held on April 7th with the goal of a basic organizational setup and ratifying the initial board members. Sixteen concerned citizens attended as well were the discussion focused on how to best promote and support the “Greater Gordonsville” area. An initial 5-person board was nominated, voted-on, and approved by the group, the results are in: Laurie Holladay, Chairperson; Jacqueline Gupton, President; Heather Jones, Treasurer; Sabrina (“Sam”) Martyn, Secretary and Lauren Bauk, At-Large Board Member. Not only will the Board provide overall leadership and coordination, but they are charged with the development and communication of a shared vision and plan for where GGI members want to go and how to get them there. On April 7th, the group formally adopted the GGI bylaws, reserved a P.O. Box, opened a bank account at BB&T, applied as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code and received governmental approval, set up an email account, reserved website domain and created a Facebook page. Subsequent board meetings were held on April 23rd and May 5th, these meetings were used to explore how best to collaborate with as broad a group of area stakeholders as possible then to discuss the future.

The subcommittees are Membership & Fundraising, Marketing & Events, Art & Culture, the Flowery Village, and a Sister City liason. Membership & Fundraising includes participation by a range of stakeholders from “Greater Gordonsville” area: residents, merchants and their customers, hospitality and tourism industry, and representatives of the government and media. They will also assist the board in a variety of fundraising opportunities: memberships, special events, grants with Chamber of Commerce, Orange County, and the State tourism organization, and other donations. The Marketing & Events committee’s initial thought is to emphasize the numerous historical figures that have visited the area (quite unique) and underscore the small town of Gordonsville’s charm that is so rich in history. Also discussed, were possible marketing messages, logo development and brochure ideas, expanded tourism links, free publicity in newspapers and magazines, paid advertising, cross-marketing opportunities, and promotion of events/festivals consistent with GGI’s strategic positioning. The Art & Culture committee has talked about an opportunity to create a performing & visual arts center, using a historic building on Main Street that is currently for sale. Not only do they plan on serving adults locally, but we also have the possibility of providing after-school activities for youth, collaborating with the Boys & Girls Club of Orange. In 1959, a nation-wide competition (“Ville Fluerie”) was organized in France to provide an award to towns/ villages having the most beautiful flow-


ers – this has had a transformational impact on beauty and the quality of life in rural France. However, no such equivalent currently exists in the USA, but GGI thinks it should, and that Gordonsville can lead the way! The Flowery Village committee has envisioned coordinating with the Garden Club of Virginia and others to introduce a “pilot program” in the Greater Gordonsville vicinity. It’s expected to help further beautify the area, put it in national limelight and encourage surrounding towns in the area to do the same. In 2013 the Town of Gordonsville and Thore’-La-Rochette, France (home of the Comte de Rochambeaus) entered into a “Sister City” agreement to collaborate for mutual benefit of our communities by exploring educational, economic and cultural opportunities. Rochambeaus’ descendants traveled to Gordonsville at that time, but since then, there has been no activity. The idea is to explore how GGI, with the support of the Gordonsville Town Council, can help leverage this existing relationship to everyone’s mutual advantage. Possibilities include re-activating two-way communications and exchange discussions with Thore’-La-Rochette, and exploring how members of The Alliance Francasise of Charlottesville can help in maintaining a sustainable program. You will be hearing from GGI again shortly with more information regarding the composition of the new Committees and the results they are committed to delivering.

JUNE 2015

ARCOURT - 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 5,800 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. Beautiful mountain and pastoral views from home & covered veranda with stone fireplace. $2,595,000. Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS#530692.

KESWICK ESTATES - Exquisite English Country

home on a premiere 2.5 acres in Keswick Estates. Lovely views golf course & mountains, yet very private. Architecturally designed 7000+ sq ft residence offers a beautiful light filled spacious LR; DR; gourmet kitchen; library w/ limestone FP surround; luxurious master complete w/ dressing rm & office; media rm & 4 additional BDRS. The highest quality materials & workmanship. $1,825,000. Charlotte Dammann (434) 981-1250. MLS#451592.

GLENMORE - Immaculate, brick Georgian with

EVERYTHING! Beautifully decorated, this lovely residence offers a gracious open kitchen, family room w/ fireplace, formal dining room, study, spacious 1st floor master suite, 4 bedrooms upstairs, plus a lower level guest suite and recreation room, an attached 2-car garage and rear deck. Fenced for pets. In excellent condition and with perhaps the best floor plan we have seen. $775,000. Tim Michel (434) 960-1124. MLS#529936.


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Rack of Lamb on the Grill


Grilled Lamb Rack with Tzatziki Sauce - Serves 4 It’s grilling season and it is time to get some frenched rack of lamb on the grill with Tzatziki sauce - the Greek sauce made of strained yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic and salt along with some dill, mint or parsley. Ingredients, Lamb:

3 Lamb Racks, 6 to 8 bones per rack, frenched ahead of time to save time

2 Tablespoons Garlic, minced

2 Tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped finely

2 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped finely

2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped finely

2 Tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, chopped finely

Kosher salt and fresh pepper, fresh squeezed lemon to taste

Tzatziki Sauce - Quick Method:

1 seedless cucumber, chopped

1 Teaspoon Kosher salt

1 cup greek yogurt - prefer from sheeps milk

2 cloves finely chopped garlic

2 Tablespoons of either fresh mint, dill or parsley

Kosher salt and fresh pepper

Directions: • Rub the lamb with the garlic, chopped herbs, salt and pepper. Let sit for up to 45 minutes out of the refrigerator before grilling with the mixture rubbed into the meat. • Meanwhile, peel and chop the cucumber into tiny cubes then sprinkle with salt and let drain for one hour in a colander. Mix the yogurt, the finely chopped mint, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Combine all ingredients. • Preheat the grill to 400 to 500 degrees, sear the lamb evenly on all sides being careful of flare ups that catch the fat on fire - cook evenly about 4-6 minutes per side for rare to medium rare. Pull the lamb from the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes. Cut the lamb between the bones and serve immediately to a kitchen full of friends!

Victoria Maclaren Lockhart daughter of

Terry and Gen Lockhart of Keswick was married to Jerome Stephen Katz from Richmond Virginia at the 1st Congregational Church, Nantucket by the Reverend Neely Towe on Saturday, June 13th. The reception was held at The Sankaty Head Golf Club. The bride wore a dress designed by Oscar de la Renta. After a short mini-moon while driving back to Willmington NC the bride and groom are moving to Birmingham Alabama. Keswickians enjoying the festivities were Ann and Peter Taylor, Rocky Taylor, Susan and Sandy Rives and Annie and Tony

Vanderwarker. Ann Taylor, Holly Casey and Annie Vanderwarker hosted a lovely bridesmaids luncheon at the Chanticleer restaurant in Siasconset, a small village on the island of Nantucket. Photos from the top: the bride, Victoria with her sister Julia Lockhart Simon; Terry & Gene Lockhart, the parents of the bride then Keswickians at the wedding, Annie and Tony Vanderwarker, Susan Rives and Ann Taylor. (Top two photos by Cary Hazelgrove and the remaining submitted by wedding attendees).


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A V i r g i n i A C o u n t ry L i f e

RIVER VIEW – This exceptional 251-ac. farm is sited in a picturesque valley traversed by the upper Rapidan River (noteworthy trout fishing) with a balance of open farm land and wooded mountain property. A superbly constructed 4BR brick manor with copper roof and over 5,000 s.f. enjoys stunning views of the Blue Ridge and working cattle farm. An additional 2BR brick home and numerous farm improvements compliment this property near the Shenandoah Nat. Forest-Proximity to Charlottesville or Washington DC. MLS #514774

RABBIT RUN – Exceptional property and pristine setting in the heart of Farmington. Designed and renovated by award winning architect and landscape architect with the finest materials throughout. Inviting perennial gardens adjoin and extend from the 4-BR residence on 3.6 private acres with a Garden Dining Pavilion, reflecting ponds, garden follies, and twin tree houses. MLS #520681

WHITE HORSE FARM - Classic Virginia home c. 1780, south of Charlottesville with updated main residence in excellent condition. 6 car garage, 8 stall stable, tenant house and sports barn (basketball court, hitting and pitching areas, guest suite, and locker room). 278.80 acres fenced and cross-fenced, ample water, numerous ponds. This natural locale suits every desire for country life. MLS #516697

SLATE HILL - This beautiful and elegant country home features 3 bedrooms and 3 and 1/2 baths, on 45 acres in Albemarle county. The traditional farm house style home was created by renowned architect, Bethany Poupolo. The home has been featured in Southern living magazine and was applauded for its attention to detail and beautiful design. The property also includes a 2 bedroom guest cottage, 2 fenced paddocks, run in shed, pool, sport court, and 3 quarries. The privacy and exposure to nature with easy access to Charlottesville are also noteworthy.

KESWICK ESTATES, LOT 5 – Private acreage inside the gates of Keswick Estate. Over 2.5 acres of open and level land fronts the newly designed Pete Dye golf course. Amenities at the impressive Keswick Hall include state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming, tennis, and spa facilities. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and convenient to all that the historic region has to offer. MLS #518257

MONTEVERDE - Classic brick Georgian located on 222-ac. in southern Albemarle county with dramatic Blue Ridge mountain views over pastoral and productive farm land. Numerous barn improvements and potential guest house.

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James Madison’s Montpelier Ladies That Lunch EDITED BY KESWICK LIFE

On Tuesday, May 19, Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and manag-

ing editor of PBS News Hour, visited James Madison’s Montpelier to deliver the keynote address at the 10th annual Dolley Madison Legacy Luncheon, which brought over 300 women to the mansion’s back lawn to celebrate the 247th anniversary of Dolley Madison’s birthday. “It’s an incredible honor for me to step back and take a breath and come to a place like Montpelier, which is so steeped in the history of our country, and reminds us again of the importance of this amazing democracy that has given us a system of government and a way of life that has endured,” Woodruff said. During her address, Woodruff reflected on over three decades of experience covering the White House, sharing firsthand perspectives on how Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Michelle Obama worked as partners with their husbands to express priorities, create social networks, and provide critical advice on issues, conflicts, and colleagues. In that context, Woodruff called Dolley Madison “the true front runner of the first ladies that we see today,” noting that her particular gift for bringing together political opponents in social settings contributed profoundly to her husband’s ability to shepherd the country through some of its most turbulent years. “She helped set that tone of remarkable friendship and civility that was crucial,” Woodruff said. “It was more than just a social nicety; it was part of the political glue that held the country together in the early days of this American experiment when people were still testing the strength of whether the country was going to hold together.” Prior to the luncheon, Woodruff toured the Visitor Center, taking a special interest in Dolley Madison’s engagement ring and in a daguerreotype photograph of the Gilbert Stuart portrait of her as a young woman, objects on display in the Treasures of Montpelier exhibit in the Joe and Marge Grills Gallery. During her tour of the mansion, Woodruff became one of the first visitors to the newly unveiled James and Dolley Madison bedchamber, which opened to visitors the same day of the luncheon. The opening of the bedchamber is the culmination of several years of careful research, including visitor accounts of the room and physical evidence in the original window architraves and floorboards. The Madisons’ bedchamber is decorated in “lively colours,” just as Dolley requested it be in the 1820s when she wrote to England for chintz fabric and fringe. Woodruff’s visit drew the largest crowd in the history of the women’s luncheon event, which this year raised over $80,000 to support programs and acquisitions related to the mansion, and, more importantly, carried forward the legacy of Dolley Madison as a woman who helped shape our nation. Over the past ten years, participants of the Dolley Madison Legacy Luncheon have raised over $625,000, enabling the Montpelier Foundation to acquire objects crucial to the curatorial department’s efforts to refurnish the mansion. “At a time when our country was defined by patriarchy, Dolley Madison found a seat at the table of influence in our nation’s capital,” said Montpelier President Kat Imhoff. “Women like me and Judy Woodruff and many others who gathered in the tent on the back lawn today owe our positions of leadership to her, and her legacy emboldens us to do more for the next generation of women in power.”

Photos by Jen Fariello: (top row) Janice Aron and Kat Imhoff; (second row): Elizabeth Perdue, Megan Crider,

Anne Hooff, Emily Granville, Nancy Wiley, Bridget Bryant, Jennifer Halsey, Brenda Morris and Ginger Donelson Collins; (third row) Mary Wyn McDaniel, Cassie Howell and Mary Lou Selheimer then Judy Woodriff and Kat Imhoff; (bottom row) Janet Bonner, Lou Potter and Kristin Schlee then Dennis and Leesa Campbell, Peyton Lewis, Nancy Campbell.


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What Happens When

Remarkable Mommas Ain’t Happy

Clearly Senator Byrd had forgotten. Serving as a US Senator for the state of Virginia for thirty-plus years and Virginia’s fiftieth governor must have knocked it plum out of his head. As an author of the Southern Manifesto and spearhead of Massive Resistance in the Virginia legislature, Byrd was too busy building and running a political machine designed to combat racial integration to give mind to anything else. With all that public service and segregationist passion, who could blame the senator for forgetting one of the South’s oldest and most scared tenets? When his Massive Resistance resulted in school closures throughout the Commonwealth, however, Harry F. Byrd was forcibly reminded that if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Among the schools affected by the political maneuver were Venable Elementary School and Lane High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fortunately for these students, a group of ten remarkable and clear-sighted mothers were really not happy. With nearly forty-five children between them, the political posturing disrupted their day-to-day more directly than most—their children were not going to be in school. This is a specter that would make any young mother want to pull out her hair, but not this group. Big Byrd was doing his best to cram the wrong-headed, political separatist policy he called Massive Resistance down the throats of the Virginia electorate. Massive Resistance was a series of laws and policies enacted after the 1954 Supreme Court decided for Brown in the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education in order to prevent the integration of Virginia Schools. Byrd hadn’t reckoned on the tenacity of his constituents. His major overstep was using the children as pawns in his political game. These women simply weren’t going to stand for it. The fired-up mothers set about to make sure their broods got the education to which they were entitled—thus was born the Sisterhood. Officially known as

Mary Moon

Margaret Via

the Parents Committee for Emergency Schooling and affectionately referred to as the Emergency Mothers, Ruth Caplin, Margaret Garnett, Peggy McLean, Emily Male, Nancy Manson, Mary Moon, Dorothy Owen, Evelyn Rathbone, Margaret Via, and Lillian Wilson began something of a “massive resistance” of their own. It is because of these women that 334 Venable Elementary School students and roughly 950 Lane High School students received an education at a time when Senator Byrd and other state lawmakers put politics first.

“We had a lot of children and we wanted our children to be taught,” she answered simply. Initially, the women planned to teach their children themselves, but as word of their plans spread, more and more people asked to participate.

There are three original members of the Sisterhood still alive today—Peggy McLean, Mary Moon, and Margaret Via. As a Charlottesville native myself, I jumped at the opportunity to talk to these women. At ninety-two Peggy McLean still lives on her farm just within the Charlottesville city limits. I called a childhood friend to ask if his mother might talk with me about her roll as an Emergency Mother. He laughed and said, “If she felt like it.” I gave her a call and, lucky for me, she did feel like it. The adage ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person’ was probably coined because of Mrs. McLean. When a need was voiced within her earshot, the mother of seven took care of it without breaking a sweat. I asked how she and her friends were able to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time and with rotary phones, no less.

As we spoke, her cell phone rang. “Oh, excuse me, my other phone. I’ll be right back,” she told me and was gone. I waited for a good while and was on the point of stereotyping her as a doddering old fool who had forgotten she was talking with me. As I was about to hang up, Mrs. McLean came back. “Sorry, that was the yardman. There was a bear in the yard. He was distressed by it, so I had to go shoo it away.” I asked if I could come see her to which she answered, “I don’t have time. I have to go to Florida. My sister recently died. I need to get her estate taken care of.” I later learned that she had another sister in Vermont who had also died recently, so charging up and down the eastern seaboard was taking up most of her time. An old acquaintance said of Mrs. Mclean, “She’s always taking care of something or another, when she’s not totting bales or mowing the lawn on her farm.” Before we hung up, she gave me the number of her dear friend, Mary Moon. “She knows everything about it. Call her. She’s right down the road.” On our first meeting, the first thought to cross my mind was I want to look like


Mary Moon when I get to be her age, which was immediately followed by hell, I want to look like her, now! Blue undoubtedly her favorite colors there were touches of it everywhere that I could see from her powder blue cotton sweater to the cushions on the porch furniture. Mary Moon possesses eyes the color of a sparkling October sky and when she points them in your direction, you feel instantly at home and among friends. She introduced me to her daughter, Larré who happened to be visiting from Atlanta, then led us out to a wellappointed screen porch to sit. Both Mrs. Moon and her daughter were not only startling beautiful, but also the epitome of gracious Southern charm, “Can’t I get you some tea, lemonade? How about a cookie?” As we talked, Mary Moon didn’t sit on the white wicker sofa, rather she perched on it with regal bearing. While proud of the accomplishments of the Emergency Mothers, Mrs. Moon was also humble about her role as a member. “It was the only thing to do. It was something we had to do.” She gave me a blue folder full of meticulously folded clippings with pertinent facts highlighted. As we talked, she said a number of times, “Check with Peggy. She probably has much more information than I have.” My impression was that while Peggy McLean was busy creating order, Mary Moon was charming her neighbors into offering their rec rooms up as classrooms to displaced schoolchildren. Some fifty years later, she is still aghast that there was no contingency for the children. “Can you imagine?” “Were we supposed to wander the streets?” Larré wondered. Without cell phones, email, or social media—any of the things we take for granted to keep us connected today—the Sisterhood managed to set up sixteen classrooms for over three hundred elementary students in less than a month.


Enlisting her ample people skills and abundant natural charm, Mrs. Moon employed a personal approach—going door to door and spreading word to her neighbors about what was up. As lovely as she is, this steel magnolia raised six kids, had both her grandmother and mother-inlaw in residence at difference times and, as her daughter said, “ran her household with military precision.” She laughed, “When we started thinking about the basement schools, I approached several neighbors. One was very interested. They would open up the basement in their house for the school. My house wasn’t accepted [by the committee], but they came down and used my playground.” She chuckled. “The other house had a much bigger basement than we had,” Larré, who was a student in the sixth grade in a basement classroom on Field Road, explained. “They didn’t use the phones that much,” she went on. “They all got together. It wasn’t like they weren’t busy; most of them had lots of children. They found the time together, because it was important.” Time management must have been a skill taught in school once upon a time. “Some [of the neighbors] were not happy with us,” Mrs. Moon added. “Quite a few people were antagonistic. I was surprised. One woman said darkly ‘things happen in basements.’” She smiled as if still puzzled by the response. She wasn’t clear if she had just finished her tenure as president of the PTA board, “I think I was pregnant with my fifth at the time. I can’t remember, I’m ninetytwo,” she said in her defense—as if she needed any. “We were focused on keeping the school open, rather than the politics of the schools,” she continued. “A mixture of friends and members of the Board of the Venable PTA, we worked together beautifully. There was no Big Plan. It just happened.” Like it sometimes happens, the right people and circumstances just coalesce. According to Mrs. Moon, the group was “so affronted by the fact that they wanted to close the schools. We had to teach them. We wanted to teach them!” When asked about the politics of the groups she stated plainly, “No politics! We were discussing the children. We were very upset about the schools closing. We knew integration was going to happen. We would not have turned black children away. They could have come to us.” What was important was to “get the schools open [and] get them [the children] out of our

house,” she said with a chuckle. “We stayed in touch with the teachers. When we knew the schools were going to be closed we approached them and asked if they would help. The teachers brought their books from Venable. Each teacher was set up in a classroom in sixteen basements spread throughout the school district.”

stating: ‘If our schools close and reopens integrated will you stay; are you for us or against us?’”

Still hoping to see Mrs. McLean, I called her back as she had given me permission to do when last we talked. She was still too busy, but then I had already begun to suspect that this was a permanent state of being for her. When I asked if I could distract her for just a bit, her “no” came without skipping a beat. She has a way of making her point without changing her pitch or her manner of speech. Somehow it is very clear, when Peggy McLean says no that’s the end of the discussion. She told me to call Margaret Via. “Margaret knows everything. She helps people.”

These husbands consisted of three lawyers, five doctors, a Presbyterian minister and the Assistant Athletic Director at the University of Virginia. Not a man in the bunch was used to playing third string to their wife’s first, yet they did so gallantly. They fetched and toted blackboards and desks, procured supplies, but by no means attempted to control their wives and hinder the cause. Two husbands with legal skills were called up to the majors in order to file for nonprofit incorporation and made the Parents Committee for Emergency Schooling a legal entity. This insured that the teachers would continue to be paid by the school board and allowed them to collect the three-dollar fee each student was charged.

Mrs. McLean was right on both counts. As vivacious as most people three-quarters her age, Margaret Via possesses a steel-trap mind and lives to help. She resides at her home in Hollywood Florida, where she moved almost forty years ago. Before we got off the phone with each other we had exchanged email addresses and were Facebook friends. “I love my machines,” she said, “my computer, and my iPad and my Kindle.” One of the first things Mrs. Via shared with me was that she was slightly intimidated by her fellow Emergency Mothers. “They were smart women,” she said, “most with university degrees.” After moving to Florida to start a new life, she and the three youngest of four children attended college together. “I went to college and found out I had a brain.” Mrs. Via went on to earn a master’s degree and at age 62, started work as a grief counselor in addition to leading a group she called There is Life After Fifty. A psychotherapist for the last thirty-one years, she formally retired at 89. Seemingly determined to prove that there is also life after ninety, the nonagenarian admits she still sees a few patients.

“It caused a huge spilt in the community. They burned a cross on Lillian’s lawn. One woman called all our husbands and asked, ‘Can’t you control your wives?’” Mrs. Via laughed hardily.

The headquarters of the Parents Committee for Emergency Schooling operated out of Mrs. Via’s rec room. “One day, Ruth Caplin, who died last May, brought a journalist from Life Magazine and [he] interviewed her.” Mrs. Caplin, for whom the Ruth Caplin Theater at the

University of Virginia is named, told the reporter that all decisions were made Quaker style. After decisions were made, Mrs. Caplin and Mrs. Manson were the titular heads of the committee. Nancy Manson, mother of four boys who were teenagers at the time, headed the high school branch and worked closely with the teachers who had stated early on that they would teach as a group or not at all. A consummate people person, Mrs. Manson was perfect for the position and was good at it. Each member of the Sisterhood played a specific part of equal importance to the group with no agenda other than to take care of the educational needs of their children. Merely to be a member of this illustrious group says all that needs to be said. Rather than resist Byrd’s Massive Resistance, these ten women persevered through it and kept Charlottesville from becoming a political battleground where their children’s education would have been the carnage left in it’s wake. A grateful community sums it up beautifully with the following: “What could have been a traumatic experience for the child has become an interesting interlude in his autobiography,” thanks to the hard work and dedication of ten remarkable mothers.

“Peggy McLean—we were neighbors— talked me into joining the Board of the Venable PTA 1957,” Mrs. Via recalls. “I lived in a bubble, enormously shy.” At the first meeting, Lillian Wilson was elected president. “I was secretary and treasurer. I was so impressed with Lillian, so intelligent. Lillian said, ‘they are going to close the schools. What are we going to do about it?’ That May, the members of the PTA Board sent out a questionnaire

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


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ONLY IN KESWICK The Day it Rained Bats


story that made the summer happened at a wedding a while back. There’s a major domo wedding planner in the area, we’ll call her Abby. Also has a vineyard wedding venue, restaurant, plus a boutique hotel and another wedding place down in Charleston. She’s Charlottesville’s Martha Stewart, up to her eyeballs in taste and imagination. Everything she touches glistens with style. So for this wedding, she and the bride chose the classic old stone horse barn on the farm the bride’s family owns. A gorgeous building, stately and nicely nestled into the landscape, a perfect location for a Ralph Lauren ad. She situates activities in each one of the stalls, one of which she calls the “shot stall” and has bartenders pouring shooters. Two six-foot high fans are placed at each end of the barn to keep air circulating but as luck would have it, it’s August, the temperature soars to over a hundred and the humidity you can cut with a knife. Even with the fans, the temperature in the barn is sweltering. The ceremony and cocktails are outside so no one has to endure the heat in the barn until it’s time for dinner. When it’s finally served, everyone goes inside and though the tables are beautifully decorat-


“I was about to take a fork full of my chicken tetrazzini when a bat dropped right into the middle of it,” one of my friends later said. “Oh my god, it was right out of horror movie.” With the heat and the bat attack, that was pretty much it for the wedding dinner. Some people hung around the bar but most retreated to the air conditioning of their cars and hustled home. You’d think things couldn’t get worse until the news gets out the next day. Turns out the bride and groom were so exhausted from the experience with the bats that they slept through their wakeup call and missed the plane for their honeymoon. So, it was an all around disaster. The marriage didn’t survive the day it rained bats either.

ed, the heat makes sitting inside unbearable. I drag Anne outside and we stand just past the barn door eating our food. Out of the corner of my eye, I notice an object dropping from the barn ceiling. Then another, and another. “Bats!” someone screams. Turns out there are hundreds clinging to the ceiling and the heat is causing them to faint and plummet down onto the diners and the

tables below. Pretty soon the little bodies are carpet-bombing the diners, dropping dead into wine glasses, down bodices, all over the plates of food. Screams ring out, then shrieks followed by screeching and yelping as panicked guest stampede out the door, tossing dead bats off their shoulders and plucking them out of their hair.


But the event was the source of endless gossip in the community. As they say, “There are no secrets in Keswick.”

Note: This article was edited by Keswick Life for content and length.



Governor McAuliffe Appoints Four New Members to U.Va. Board of Visitors Gov.

Terry McAuliffe today announced the appointment of four new members to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. Whittington W. Clement of Richmond; Tammy Snyder Murphy of Red Bank, New Jersey; James V. Reyes of Washington, D.C.; and Jeffrey C. Walker of New York, New York will begin four-year terms July 1.


of the Cornerstone Plan while advancing the University’s mission of education, research, patient care and service.” The governor’s board appointments are:

U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan also congratulated and welcomed the new board members.

• Whittington W. Clement of Richmond, partner and head of the state government relations practice group at Hunton & Williams LLP. He is a founding trustee and member of the U.Va. College Foundation, former member of the U.Va. Alumni Association Board of Managers and of the Jefferson Scholarship National Selection Committee. Clement is former chair of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Averett University Board of Trustees, former Virginia Secretary of Transportation and former member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Most recently a member of the University’s Ad Hoc Group on University Climate and Culture, Clement holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a law degree from the University.

“Each new appointee brings considerable experience and knowledge to the Board of Visitors,” she said. “As we approach the University’s bicentennial, I look forward to working with these new members and with the entire Board as we continue to implement the priorities

• Tammy Snyder Murphy of Red Bank, New Jersey, a recent co-founder of a policy think tank focused on bold ideas to jump-start the New Jersey economy. She worked in finance for many years, principally with Goldman Sachs in the U.S. and Investcorp in Europe. Murphy’s

“It is my great pleasure to welcome this distinguished group to the Board of Visitors, each of whom holds a deep passion for the University and for higher education,” Rector George Keith Martin said. “Their collective expertise in the public and private sectors will serve the University of Virginia and the commonwealth well.”

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A pristine horse farm set privately in rolling hillshorse of Somerset estate country, A pristine farm set privately in adajcnt to the Keswick Hunt, w/extensive rolling hills of Somerset estate country, SW mtn Appealing residence adajcnt to views. the Keswick Hunt, w/extensive constructed '06 of finest materials & SW mtn views. Appealing residence further enhanced dramatic 2 bed, & 2 constructed '06 ofbyfinest materials bath guest house(1,900 sf, originally further enhanced by dramatic 2 bed, a2 bank barn, converted to sf, stunning effect bath guest house(1,900 originally a in '12),barn, vaulted guest/nanny/in-law qrtrs bank converted to stunning effect (700sf) over garage, salt water pool w/ in '12), vaulted guest/nanny/in-law qrtrs pool hse center-aisle barn, equip. shed, (700sf) over garage, salt water pool w/ regulation dressage barn, arena equip. & multiple pool hse center-aisle shed, paddocks Every inch regulation w/run-in dressage sheds. arena & multiple immaculate & turn-key! TheEvery 144 acres paddocks w/run-in sheds. inch incl. a dvsn right. About 1/2 property immaculate & turn-key! Theof144 acres open, otherright. half About massive incl. a dvsn 1/2hardwoods of property behind home that run up to the last, open, other half massive hardwoods highest SWrun Mtnup range as they behind peak homeinthat to the last, march theMtn sea.range as they highesteastward peak in to SW march eastward to the sea. For further information contact Loring Woodriff 434.977.4005 For further information contact Loring Woodriff 434.977.4005

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in beautiful just minutes Circa 1805 Orange FederalCounty, brick estate located from Gordonsville and 25 just minutes to in beautiful Orange County, minutes Charlottesville. Theand 3800 foot from Gordonsville 25 square minutes to manor house has The twelve footsquare ceilings on Charlottesville. 3800 foot the main floorhas andtwelve 10 footfoot on the second. manor house ceilings on The recent no the main floorrenovations and 10 foot onspared the second. expense and include a new master suite, The recent renovations spared no country kitchen, and all new expense and include a new master suite, mechanicals. The mostly openall63 acres country kitchen, and new includes two guest cottages, an 63 original mechanicals. The mostly open acres Sears barn (converted into a an stable and includes two guest cottages, original entertainment center), into swimming Sears barn (converted a stablepool, and extensive plantings and a newly entertainment center), swimming pool, constructed four acre lake. Allaofnewly which extensive plantings and make this property an ideal turnkey constructed four acre lake. All of which country estate. make this property an ideal turnkey country estate. For further information contact : Justin Wileyinformation 434.981.5528 For further contact : Justin Wiley 434.981.5528

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Clifton Clifton A setting of mature trees and landscaping

is home of tomature this wonderfully restored A setting trees and landscaping home, c. 1782. Loyal to the character and is home to this wonderfully restored integrity of the home, the current owners home, c. 1782. Loyal to the character and have meticulously updated and restored integrity of the home, the current owners Clifton to facilitateupdated modern and convenience have meticulously restored melded with history charm. Clifton to facilitate modernand convenience Equestrian enthusiasts this melded with history will andlove charm. country property with a well-appointed Equestrian enthusiasts will love this 13 stall property stable, riding and great country with a ring well-appointed pastures as well as other outbuildings. 13 stall stable, riding ring and great pastures as well as other outbuildings.

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“Magnifique” was created by craftsman Ralph Dammann from by designs by “Magnifique” was created craftsman renowned architect Jack Arnold.This Ralph Dammann from designs by magnificent manor home nestled on 3 renowned architect JackisArnold.This private wooded acres in Keswick Estate magnificent manor home is nestled on 3 and is reminiscent of traditional private wooded acres in KeswickFrench Estate country homes with its beautifully and is reminiscent of traditional French weathered Virginia fieldstone and shake country homes with its beautifully shingle roof line.Every area exudes weathered Virginia fieldstone and shake Southern charm and gracious living and shingle roof line.Every area exudes encourages you to linger a while.The Southern charm and gracious living and private master opensa out to the encourages yousuite to linger while.The expansive rear suite blue opens stone patio private master out tothat the would be a rear delight forstone entertaining.The expansive blue patio that guest are for cleverly situated off wouldbedrooms be a delight entertaining.The the room side of the guestkitchen/family bedrooms are cleverly situated off home,and there is a secluded guest the kitchen/family room side ofsuite the above thethere garage to complete home,and is a secluded guestour suite4 bedrooms,3.5 baths and 3,927 sf of living above the garage to complete our 4 space bedrooms,3.5 baths and 3,927 sf of living space For further information contact :

Long after other homes have crumbled, the stone walls of ARCOURT remain-a Long after other homes havewill crumbled, the testament to the quarried natural and stone walls of ARCOURT will stone remain-a superb quality usedstone to create testament to theconstruction quarried natural and this onequality of a kind estate. Spacious Frenchsuperb construction used to create inspired on 22 Frenchprivate this one ofcustom a kind residence estate. Spacious acres Keswick Hunt Country, inspiredincustom residence on 22 private completely for horses, stable, acres in fenced Keswick Hunt3-stall Country, guest quarters, with shop/garage completely fenced for horses, 3-stall stable, underneath. Interior with of residence features guest quarters, shop/garage an open floorInterior plan, with large rooms, high underneath. of residence features ceilings, tall windows, an open floor plan, with and largeheated rooms,stone high floors. There is a main-level master suite, ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone second bedroom study on the first suite, floor, floors. There is aor main-level master two more bedrooms and two baths on the second bedroom or study on the first floor, second level. Beautiful mountain and two more bedrooms and two baths on the pastoral viewsBeautiful from home & covered second level. mountain and veranda stone fireplace. pastoralwith views from home & covered veranda with stone fireplace.

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Beat the Heat with These Great Reads BY SUZANNE NASH

Summer is a wonderful time to read. There seem to be more days with extra hours and hopefully we can find a bit more time to relax. So I have a couple more summer time titles for you that should sweeten the longer afternoons. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King will keep you entertained. Imagine if Holmes met a feisty and intelligent young lady who could hold her own with him. Mary Russell is just such a young lady. Mary is precocious, direct and not intimidated by the greatest detective in the world when she stumbles upon him one afternoon in a field viewing the habits of bees. Her extraordinary observations impress Holmes and he decides to take her under his wing and train her young quick mind so that she can follow in his footsteps and she grows into a valuable companion. Multiple stories are woven together to keep the reader engaged throughout

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he Virginia Historical Society is pleased to announce that Altria Group has agreed to sponsor the VHS’s newest exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.”

The nationally touring exhibit will run from October 2015 through January 2016 and will be shown in the VHS’s newly created changing exhibition space, one of the project goals of its $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign.” The exhibition consists of 35 costumes and accessories from the popular PBS MASTERPIECE Classic program. Visitors will be able to explore the lives of Downton’s aristocratic inhabitants and their servants during the World War I period. “Altria has a long history of support for the arts,” said Jack Nelson, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Altria Group, and Board Vice Chairman, Virginia Historical Society. “And we are pleased to support the Virginia Historical Society as it brings traveling exhibitions like ‘Dressing Downton’ to our hometown. This exhibition will be a great draw for residents and visitors alike.”

The Charlottesville Albemarle Conventhe World Championships.” “We are excited toand have Altria Group sponsor this nationally touring exhibition of tion & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announced Downton Abbey costumes,” said Paul Levengood, President and CEO of the Virginia today that the USA Cycling Team has cho- “Charlottesville and Albemarle County Historical Society. “There are manyCounty real-life American to Downton Abbey, at sen Charlottesville and Albemarle will playconnections a crucial role in our success and exhibition complements the camp VHS mission to bring history to life. During as thethis location for their training base the UCI Road our World Championships, as it prior to 19th the century, UCI World Championships. willofbe our final before competing the late and right up to the outbreak World War I,tune-up hundreds of American For the ten daysEngland leading to this prestigious inmarry nearby Richmond,” Cycling women visited and Europe hoping to aristocrats. The said seriesUSA character, sporting event in Richmond, Virginia beVice-President of Athletics, Jim Miller. “The Lady Cora, the Countess of Grantham is one such American woman.” ginning September 19th -27th, the athletes similar climate, road conditions and proxwill work diligently to get physically and imity to Richmond will be huge for our athThe exhibition and two major exhibitionsletes, that follow it are the $38-million mentally ready in thisthe destination. as we try to part gain of every edge possible “Story of Virginia Campaign,” of which more $31 million been raised. Thanks tothan best represent thehas U.S. at Worlds. During their stay in Charlottesville, the so much to the CACVB, Albemarle County, athletes will of collaborate with the CACVB and Charlottesville allowing “The Story Virginia Campaign” is designed to the helpcity theof VHS better utilizefor portions in participating in a number of events, us to train and prepare in their beautiful of its existing facility. This will allow for the display of even more of the Society’s which will contribute to establish the area destination.” collections as well as hostingThese more and larger events and exhibitions. as a top cycling destination. events will include a media meet & greet as well Kurt Burkhart, Executive Director for the changing include “The Art of Seating: 200that years Americanand asFuture a special eveningexhibitions event at thewill Paramount CACVB, estimates theof benefits Theater. More details will be provided in repercussions of having Team U.S.A. train Design,” which will feature works by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter the upcoming weeks. in our own backyard will be invaluable. Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, “We could not be happier to have the U.S. and Frank Gehry and many more. Local area cycling athletes Andrea Dvorak Cycling Team spend time in our destinaand Ben King were the first to bring the idea tion prior to the big race,” said Burkhart. Football of Fame: Gridiron another upcoming VHS changing of“Pro training in thisHall destination to their coach-Glory,” “I cannot think of a more effective way to es. As cycling pros, they are the storied first to objects say tell world Bowl that Charlottesville and Alexhibition, will highlight such as the Super trophy, a 1917 game that and Albemarle CountyBulldogs, bemarleTom County are wonderful desballCharlottesville used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Dempsey’s famouscycling kicking are wonderful destinations for cyclists. “I tinations. Having pros like Andrea or shoe created for his half foot, Mean Joe Greene’s jersey, and more than 200 other itemsBen came to Charlottesville as an undergraduate share their experiences with thousands of from the sport’s rich history, normally housed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. at the University of Virginia as a swimmer cycling enthusiasts and their entire fan base Admission to the each of these exhibitions is free Virginia Society and runner. At time, I did special not even own is, in itself,for the type ofHistorical endorsement that is amembers. bicycle,” says Andrea. “Over the course invaluable to a destination. We know that of the next four years, I discovered cycling, the benefits of this special visit will last for the Ridge Mountains, I fell in love years to come.” TheBlue Altria Group sponsorshipand of “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” with the endless rural roads that meander is part of a $250,000 total commitment that also includes support for the installation of a new through Charlottesville, Albemarle County The USA Cycling Team will be in Charlot“Story of Virginia” exhibition, slated to open in late summer 2015. Altria Groupthe has19, and beyond. I’ve ridden my which bike inis many tesville from September 9 through been a around major supporter of theand VHS andhonestly the “Story 2015. of Virginia” exhibition its first iteration places the world, can Details about since the events scheduled in 1992, as well as leading for place its transformation to an online in thestaff early say that Charlottesville isthe mycharge favorite with the athletes andexhibition their support will to2000s. ride. IAltria am excited about the opportunity be announced in the upcoming weeks. Group’s most recent commitment will help the Virginia Historical Society make for Team USA torelevant, experience the City and Virginia’s history exciting, and accessible to present and future generations. County’s roads, culture, and history as the Team prepares for its own historic event,



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through January 10, 2016 at the National Sporting Library Museum Fifteen foxhunting, kennel, and puppy show scenes have been selected from the Part of the Pack: The Hunt at Petworth series to be exhibited at the NSLM. The entire series, comprised of sixty archival photographic prints, captures a behindthe-scenes portrayal of life with the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt. It was first presented in 2012 at Lord and Lady Egremont’s family stables at the historic Petworth House estate in England. Colin Barker notes that he formed the collection of mostly black and white images to “create a link between the undulating, picturesque landscape of the South Downs in Southern England and the gritty reality of day-to-day life for the huntsman and his hounds at the kennels.” A Two-Day Photography Workshop A Glimpse into British Photographer Colin Barker’s Process with Colin Barker will be held on Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12th. Photographers of all skill levels are invit-

ed to join the National Sporting Library & Museum for “A Glimpse into British Photographer Colin Barker’s Process,” a two-day workshop featuring a photography session at the picturesque Orange County Hunt Kennels, a presentation by Colin Barker about his series, Part of the Pack: The Hunt at Petworth, currently on view at the NSLM, and an Adobe postprocessing demonstration. On Day 1, you will receive a hands-on experience and learn Barker’s process from idea to completion. On Day 2, you will have the opportunity to present your processed photos and receive feedback from the acclaimed photographer. July 11 at 8:30 am Meet at the Orange County Hunt Kennels, The Plains, for an introduction by Colin Barker on how to approach the photographic session:

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don advertising photographers in order to learn the trade. During this time, although working during the day, he would spend many nights in the darkroom printing his personal projects in black & white, including scenes of the disappearing London street markets, from which his passion for capturing ephemeral moments was borne. With his own commissions pressing, Colin chose to set up his studio in Camden Town, which was to become a busy hub within the advertising and design world for over twenty years. Earning awards, he gained the respect of fellow creatives from both his advertising and personal photographic projects. Colin has always felt encouraged by the positive reaction to his sensitive approach towards the whole image making process. Now being based in West Sussex with his partner Françoise and their two whippets, Colin has furthered his creative development, whilst his eye for graphic detail with the love for reportage has enabled him to capture a large collection of memorable images for his solo exhibitions and equine studies.

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JUNE 2015

OBITUARY “George” Stuart Sandidge Burford “George” Stuart Sandidge Burford died in Charlottesville on Saturday, June 20, 2015, after a protracted illness. Born in 1924, and raised in Amherst County, Mr. Burford is survived by two nieces and two nephews, his dedicated caregivers from “Above and Beyond” and by a host of devoted friends.Stuart Burford enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18 years old and was serving as a bombardier when his plane was shot down on the Holland/Belgium border in 1944. He marched across Germany on a broken leg and was held in a prison camp until the war ended. Mr. Burford’s extraordinary valor and service to country were rewarded with two Purple Hearts.Stuart Burford attended the University of Virginia School of Architecture, but found his true calling as a Master Chef – the career that distinguished him in Virginia and beyond; he produced celebrated events and state dinners for prestigious guests from Her Majesty, the Queen of England to numerous Presidents. Many of his recipes form the culinary foundation of Albemarle County; few will ever forget his famous onion sandwiches.Stuart Burford will long be remembered as a beloved member of the Charlottesville community. As a lifetime member of the Keswick Hunt Club, his legacy as a great dog and horse lover, as a gifted chef and a true Virginia gentleman will live on for generations to come. A small graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Elon Presbyterian Church, 2290 Cedar Gate Road,

Madison Heights, VA 24572 with Pastor Barry Tucker presiding. Stuart Burford will be laid to rest beside his beloved mother, Edith Waters Burford.A Celebration of Stuart Burford’s Magnificent Life will be held at the Keswick Hunt Club this fall.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Focused Ultra Sound Foundation, 1230 Cedars Court, Suite F, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Diann Marie Rolfe Fiery Diann Marie Rolfe Fiery of Earlysville, Va., passed away at the age of 80 on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, after a long, courageous battle against cancer. Diann was born January 27, 1935, in Washington, D.C., to parents, Laura Moriarty Rolfe and Harold Joseph Rolfe. Diann attended Stoneridge Sacred Heart School in Bethesda, Md., and spent many happy summers with her beloved grandparents at their Spring Valley Farm near Poolesville, Md. The family would also pack up for long stays on the Chesapeake Bay where Diann would blissfully spend from sun up to sundown by the water. After graduating from Stoneridge, Diann majored in Studio Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. As she carried her art around campus, all that could be seen of her petite frame were her two feet moving under the large art portfolio case. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and her wit and spunk, something she retained throughout her life, earned her the nickname “Punchy.” It was at the University of Maryland she met the

love of her life, John Burton Fiery. “Jock” was a true New Yorker but fell head over heels for this Southerner, and she likewise. They were married in 1957 and moved to Chicago where Jock was in the military service. Diann worked for an interior decorator, and she and Jock started their family. They moved back East and because they shared an interest in historic homes, they searched tirelessly for an old farmhouse they could renovate and make their own. They finally found the perfect one in 1963. The day they saw it, it was pouring rain but they knew it was the right one for them, and they spent the rest of their lives there. Diann continued to renovate the house, raise their three daughters and briefly taught art at St. Anne’s Belfield School before volunteering for many years for the Virginia Museum of Art based in Richmond, Va. She was the Charlottesville/Albemarle Chairwoman and was responsible for organizing a multitude of cultural events for the Charlottesville chapter. With her daughters away at school, Diann returned to study art photography, first at the University of Virginia and then at Virginia Commonwealth University in the MFA program in Richmond, Va. She received numerous awards and her photographs have been exhibited internationally and domestically, and her work is part of many collections, including the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk. Diann loved the Virginia countryside and it gave her great pleasure to host both fox and beagle hunts from her beloved farm. Her beagle ‘teas’ were always a highlight to the season. When not at the


farm, her love of travel and adventure took her to many places around the world. Diann and Jock were enthusiastic participants in the Monticello tours, focusing on the travels of Thomas Jefferson, and they took trips following the trail of Lewis and Clark. Her lifelong love of the water took her and her whole family to the beach in Duck, N.C., every summer, where she would happily spend hours with her husband, daughters and grandchildren. There were many long dinners with the whole family filled with great conversation and laughter. Diann was predeceased by her beloved husband, Jock, in 2013. Diann leaves behind her three daughters, Leila Fiery Hamar of Keswick, Va., Page Fiery Ford and husband, Richards Ford of Charlottesville, Va., and Anne Fiery McGregor and husband, Adolfo McGregor of Miami, Fla.; her grandchildren include Katherine Hamar, Caroline McGregor, John McGregor and Grace McGregor. Diann also leaves behind a brother, Harold J. Rolfe Jr. of Maryland, and she was predeceased by another brother, George A. Rolfe, also of Maryland. A memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Hill & Wood Funeral Home. Following the service the family received friends from 1:30 until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CASPCA, the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA.



Gordonsville’s Michael Turk Company - Luxury Turkish Textiles Hand-Loomed Turkish Cotton and Bamboo Blended Bath and Beach Towels, Peştemals and Foutas

Michael Turk Company – a designer and manufacturer of luxury Turkish textile products, made by hand in a family operated workshop in the small town of Buldan, in the Republic of Turkey, and Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - go figure, leave it to Gordonsville stay on the global forefront (Perrigo, PBM, MPS Publishing Services aka Macmillan). Michael Turk offers the finest quality hand-loomed textiles made from earth friendly sustainable bamboo and Turkish Cotton fibers. The goods are naturally UV protectant, bacteria resistant, ultra absorbent, soft, lightweight and fast drying. The peştemal absorbs water faster than a traditional towel, dries very quickly, takes up less space, is easy to carry and is therefore used as an alternative to the towel in bathrooms, pools, spas, beaches, sport facilities and even for baby care. The peştemal fabric is made from 100% cotton produced in hand-woven looms in Turkey.

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Hugh C. Motley


e:hughmotley@gmail.com P.O. Box 32 Keswick, Virginia 22947 Tel: 434-242-8032

Michael Turk, the designer and artist, and his family members are looming these by hand in bamboo and cotton blend fibers and exporting these to Gordonsville! visit www.michaelturkco.com







Tel: 434-242-8032

17th century Ottoman documents also mention Buldan’s importance as a textile production center, informing that until circa 1650s, the cotton cloth woven in Buldan, Denizli and Manisa was taken to Tire for dyeing, after which time that part of the operation also started to be handled locally.



tile from Buldan that deserves mention is a vivid violet silk (peştemal) woven as a rectangular panel to be wrapped around the body. Yet another is kaplama, colorful head coverings typical of Turkey’s Aegean Region and worn by men and women alike with different colors associated with each gender and various regions. Thanks to sizable production effort, the number of looms in Buldan had risen to 1,500 by the end of the 19th century.


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Buldan was famed for a thin handwoven cheesecloth-type fabric, with laced edges and used chiefly for bed covers and table cloths, called as “Buldan bezi” (Buldan clothes) under the name of locality. Already back in the 19th century, the townspeople wove 40,000 pieces of all-cotton colored striped cloth used called alaca used for attires and a similar number of cotton and mattress clothes. Buldan weavers also produced over onehalf million handkerchiefs and a large number of cotton curtains. Another tex-


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Historically, the town of Buldan, Turkey has been a very important center of Turkey’s textile industry, a tradition it actively pursues to this day, still largely based on independent craftspersons. Sanjak (subprovince) of Denizli was the most vibrant center cloth production center in western Anatolia during the later 19th century and the fame of the region rested at the time on the output of two of depending large villages, Buldan and Kadıköy, as well as the neighboring town of Babadağ.


JUNE 2015

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CLOVER HILL, c. 1860 Federal two-story brick residence on 477 acres at the base of the Southwest Mountains, just east of Charlottesville. Restored guest cottage, 2 additional guest houses, formal gardens, and new 5 bay garage with guest apartment/office above. Incredible views across Jefferson’s Sea from elevated portion of the property.

WHITE HORSE FARM, c. 1780 South of Charlottesville with updated main residence in excellent condition. 6 car garage, 8 stall stable, tenant house and sports barn (basketball court, hitting and pitching areas, guest suite, and locker room). 278.80 acres fenced and cross fenced, ample water, numerous ponds.

OLD HALL, c. 1830 A solid brick home overlooking Harrison St. in Scottsville. Formerly the James W. Mason House, Old Hall is considered to be early Greek Revival, but shows Federal elements. High ceilings, impressive grand mantels, beautiful woodwork and authentic heart pine flooring. On the National Historic Register and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

PLEASANT POINT, c. 1760’s Built in 1765, this 69 acre property is a beautifully preserved example of Tidewater plantations of the period. Situated on the James River, the 1½-story frame dwelling with brick ends is flanked by twin parterres and four symmetrically-placed outbuildings. Spectacular view of Jamestown Island on the opposite shore with long river frontage.

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Keswick Life Digital Edition June 2015  

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