December 2010 Issue


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Join us as we visit Keswick Hall in our December 2010 issue and learn how the luxury inn decks its halls with nature’s bounty to create an elegant—and inviting—escape from the holiday rush. We also present a traditional holiday feast and “guitar pull” at the Batesville home of Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter. We tell the story of the mountain families who were displaced in the 1930s to create Shenandoah National Park, and take a look at how Newport News is bringing art to the people through an impressive collection of 13 monumental sculptures. Also inside: Randleston Farm, an Arts and Crafts estate near Bluemont; the Pope-Leighey House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian treasures; historic Waterford; a chat with Robert Khan, the “Father of the Internet”; jewelry designer Temple St. Clair; inspired dining at the Ashby Inn and more.

In a season notorious for commercialism, Keswick Hall, in the heart of Virginia hunt country, offers a relaxed and resplendent respite from the madness. Read more

House + Garden

Witch Hazel goes to seed with a bang Read more

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Real People

Sent by Jean Rabe, Albermale, North Carolina

Need a refresher in Virginia history? Put some breath and blood into the lesson by looking at faces and fashion from these 1901 and 1914 postcards instead of old buildings. Read more


Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

Copyright Steven Brooke for The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian homes, and showcases his democratic nature. Read more

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Later, Gator

Illustration by Rob Ullman

A reptilian stowaway from Florida gets a very harsh welcome Read more


Kindred Spirits

Patricia Lyons

Singer Mary Chapin Carpenter hosts a traditional holiday feast at her farm house, and then she and friends break out the guitars. Yahoo! Read more


Out Of The Fire

Sarah Sargent

A visit with John Jessiman, the eminent ceramic arts teacher, artist and founder of Cub Creek Foundation Read more


Crossing the Chasm

Sterling Hundley

A chat with Robert Kahn, who has been called the "Father of the Internet." Read more


Rough & Ready

Kip Dawkins

Randleston Farm is an Arts and Crafts manor house first built about 90 years ago by the owner of New York’s Savoy-Plaza Hotel. Jim and Melinda Carter bought the estate about a decade ago and invoked its unique and masculine charm. Read more

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A Contemporary Euro-Style Oasis

Ryan Haury

A new team has transformed the historic Ashby Inn and Restaurant into a first class experience of food, wine and hospitality. Christina Ball travels to Paris for a memorable meal at a place where nothing goes to waste. Read more

Food 2 Comments

Fruitcake Rescue Mission

Tyler Darden

Red Truck Bakery brings good taste back to much maligned holiday desserts. Read more

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Bewitching Musician

David Deal

Singer Alex Caton likes getting at the core of things. She has a background in archeology, broad instrumental skills and a passion for tradition, most evident in her embrace of Old-time music since a move to Virginia. Read more


Blessing of the Hounds

Sterling Hundley

Wherein illustrator STERLING HUNDLEY depicts an 81-year-old Grace Church tradition. Read more


Nature's Pretty Secrets

Chiles Larson

Photographer Jackie Labovitz uses a mix of skill and unwavering patience to capture images of hard-to-find plants and animals. Read more


A Fine Little Village

Stacey Evans

Waterford has a weak water supply, scant commerce and insufficient parking, but village residents don’t complain too much. They are certain that they live in a very special place, with its historic buildings, agrarian heritage and wide open spaces. Read more

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Time to Leave

Photo from "Answer at Once," edited by Katrina M. Powell

Some one million people visit Shenandoah National Park annually, so clearly its creation in the 1930s has had a lasting impact. But it’s not as well known that some 500 families were forced to move off their land to make way for the park. Read more

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Not Your Granny's Tartan

Vivienne Westwood

Plaid works for holiday and wintry days ahead. It’s dignified and playful, preppy and punk. In the words of Lisa Birnbach, author of True Prep—the freshly minted update on the Preppy Handbook—“What’s not to love?” Read more

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Can Can

Tyler Darden

Courtesy of Can Can Brasserie in Richmond, we present a trio of cocktails conceived by bartender Beth Dixon to cheer you this Holiday season. A votre santé. Read more


More from our interview with jewelry designer Temple St. Clair Read more


Which famous Wytheville woman jumped on the EV bandwagon 100 years ago? Read more


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