August 2008 Issue


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The August issue of Virginia Living explores “America’s first river,” the James, its renaissance and the responsibility we have to it. Also, travel back to pre-Revolutionary Virginia and learn of the secret love George Washington shared with Sally Cary Fairfax. Taste the best of Williamsburg, and bask in the light that infuses Lavender Hill, a Fauquier County estate designed by its owner, a noted architect. Step into the hog-wild world of competition barbeque, side-by-side with Tuffy Stone, leader of the nationwide team of the year. Take yourself out to a small-town, Shenandoah Valley ballgame where future major-leaguers prove themselves, and swing through Bedford to remember the soldiers we lost on D-Day and check out the up-and-coming town. Or fashion feature gives a nod to Virginia’s heyday as a tobacco giant. All this in more in the August Virginia Living.

Wanting to reconnect with cooking, caterer Tuffy Stone leaped into the weird and wonderful world of competition barbecue. Read more


The Lady of Belvoir

Tyler Darden

George Washington would not have become the man he was without the help of Sally Fairfax. She mentored the young Washington and fired his ambition, and the two by all accounts shared a hidden—forbidden—love. Read more


Monument to Wine - Feature

Tyler Darden

Bartholomew Broadbent takes (to) Richmond Read more


Pastoral Pavillion - Feature

Kip Dawkins

After years of working abroad, architect Errol Adels dreamed of settling in a country house. He considered Provence but ultimately built a “contemporary version of a neolassical building” amid the rolling hills of Fauquier County. Read more

House + Garden 1 Comments

By Jiminy - Feature

Rob Ullman

Beach kids blaze trails in entomological cuisine Read more


No Frills Attached - Feature

Tyler Darden

Barbara Holland is a feisty author with a soft heart for drinking, cursing and renegade women. Just don't ask her about living in Bluemont or her next book project. Read more


Snake Mistake - Feature

Illustration: Robert Meganck

Look before you shoot Read more


Up a Creek - Feature

Chris White

For the two sisters who run Payne's Crab House in Urbanna, the watermen's life is tough but good. As Beatrice Taylor says, "It's in our blood." Read more


The Tobacco Festival was a one-of-a-kind event. We nod to southern Virginia's agricultural roots with some blazing summer clothes. Read more


Beyond the Tavern - Feature

Tyler Darden

Within earshot of fife and drum, Christina Ball samples the fare at two of Williamsburg's most popular eateries. "Oh, for a bowl of fat canary, rich Palermo, sparkling sherry..." Read more


Hallowed Ground Feature

Roger Foley

A succession of families has gotten their hands dirty at Oak Hill Farm, the estate of James Monroe, but it fell to the current owners to turn 3.5 acres of sprawling potential into a showplace. Read more

House + Garden 3 Comments

Grand Ambitions - Feature

Jeff Greenough

Bedford has a National D-Day Memorial and big dreams for becoming a tourist destination. As one resident says, " We do like to see folks come and see how we live." Read more


The Prettiest Office in the World - Feature

Shawn Yu

Chuck Frederickson knows more about the James than anyone - and is an advocate for its wellbeing. Read more


A River Renaissance

John Henley

The James River was in terrible shape 30 years ago, but cleanup efforts have largely restored its health. Read more


An Aquatic Playground

Neal Iwan

You can paddle, swim or even spend days traveling the James. For different people, on different stretches of the waterway, it is a different river - and that variety and unpredictability is the essence of its appeal. Read more


Garden Party - White Furniture

Kip Dawkins

If you could peek into Dustin Hoffman’s backyard, you might see furniture made by the Richmond firm McKinnon and Harris, whose products are both functional and inspired. (Originally published in the August 2008 Issue) Read more

House + Garden

Do-It-Yourself Ribs - Hog Wild

Robb Scharetg

Recipe for Ribs Read more


Lisa Tomlin engraves for the hunting elite. Read more

Culture 4 Comments

Rebel Park

David Deal

Summer in the Shenandoah Valley begins with the first pitches in the Valley Baseball League. Read more


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