August 2008 issue 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 Sal... en-us ©2014 Cape Fear Publishing Co. Inc. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 00:46:00 GMT The Lady of Belvoir 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.

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Monument to Wine Bartholomew Broadbent takes (to) Richmond

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Pastoral Pavilion 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.

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By Jiminy, a Diet of Worms Beach kids blaze trails in entomological cuisine

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No Frills Attached 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.

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Snake Mistake Look before you shoot

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Up a Creek 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."

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New Looks for the Old Belt The Tobacco Festival was a one-of-a-kind event. We nod to southern Virginia's agricultural roots with some blazing summer clothes.

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Beyond the Tavern 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..."

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Hallowed Ground 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.

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Grand Ambitions 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."

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The Prettiest Office in the World Chuck Frederickson knows more about the James than anyone - and is an advocate for its wellbeing.

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A River Renaissance The James River was in terrible shape 30 years ago, but cleanup efforts have largely restored its health. Today, rising numbers of people, and wild animals, are finding their way back to the 340-mile waterway - and attention is focused on how best to use and protect this hugely valuable resource.

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An Aquatic Playground 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.

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Timeless Garden Party 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)

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Do-It-Yourself Ribs If a person were to order competition barbecue in a restaurant, says Andy Stoddard, of Pork in the Park Grand Champion team Stoddard and Brown, “it would probably cost you $75 for a rack of ribs, because of the labor that goes into it.” But anyone who’s got a smoker (or even an oven and a grill) can produce barbeque ribs of close to the same quality—especially since Cool Smoke’s Tuffy Stone kindly shares some of his barbeque secrets with us: a rub, a sauce, the Texas Crutch and the 3-2-1 method to barbequed ribs. Start with a “good meaty rib,” he says, fresh and from a reliable source, preferably with no sodium added, and make sure they have no “shiners”—no rib bones exposed.

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Hog Wild Wanting to reconnect with cooking, caterer Tuffy Stone leaped into the weird and wonderful world of competition barbeque. For the four years since, he’s traveled the country, coaxing magic from “a big old pork butt” and winning his way to national Team of the Year. A pit-side view of a barbeque festival.

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The Picasso of Guns Lisa Tomlin engraves for the hunting elite.

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Fantasy Baseball Summer in the Shenandoah Valley begins with the first pitches in the Valley Baseball League. For the 11 small towns with teams—Winchester, Waynesboro, Front Royal Cardinals and Haymarket among them—this is baseball as it ought to be: simple, inexpensive and good. By Austin Gisriel

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