October 2009 Issue


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October’s Virginia Living covers a lot of ground—and we mean a lot. Did you know that Virginia contains more of the Appalachian Trail than any other state? We take you on a couple of hikes on the AT—as well as an easier stroll, in another story, about Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery. You’ll also visit the state’s peanut belt, down in the southeast, and you’ll go to the Bay as you read the comeback story of the striped bass. There’s also a visit with Smithfield Foods chairman Joe Luter III, and a profile of poet, literary biographer and “the queen of Scottsville,” Virginia Moore. All this and more, in the October Virginia Living.


Robert Meganck

A remarkable mammal with an apt name Read more



Tyler Darden

Grilled rockfish; jicama and red cabbage slaw; corn, quinoa and roasted red pepper salad, roasted broccoli. Read more

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Bill Barker has played the sagacious statesman in Colonial Williamsburg for more than 20 years. Read more

Culture 2 Comments

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Gwenaël Berthy

A lighthouse home in Urbanna is both fun and beautiful, with 360-degree views, an impressive collection of furniture and art—and a working 650-pound light once stationed at the entrance to Perth Harbor in Australia. Photography by Gwenaël Berthy Read more

House + Garden

Virginia Moore

Courtesy of Scottsville Museum

An accomplished poet and literary biographer, Virginia Moore was sentimental about Virginia and especially her adopted home town. A retrospective on the “Queen of Scottsville.” Read more

Culture 3 Comments

Great Falls Studios comprises 88 talented and eclectic artists who share ideas, friendship and “a sense that we’re all in this together.” Read more


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Casey Templeton

After nearly 170 years, Virginia farms still grow some of the world’s best (and biggest) peanuts, and state processors still put the salty, crunchy morsels on tables across America. Photography by Casey Templeton Read more

Culture 1 Comments

Since its restoration, Lynchburg's Old City Cemetery has become one of the most popular spots in the city—a parklike expanse with some 20,000 graves, five museums and gardens that attract families of the deceased and tourists alike. Read more

House + Garden

Poquoson is a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay and the oldest continuously named town in Virginia, where crusty watermen mingle with brainy NASA scientists, and where family histories go back to the 1700s. Read more


Joe Luter III, chairman of Smithfield Foods and scourge of environmentalists and public health advocates, talks about his career and the family pork business he turned into a behemoth. Read more

Culture 12 Comments

Wherein illustrator Sterling Hundley recalls Blackbeard's famous final fracas. Read more


The minimalist power of haiku. Read more



Jeff Greenough

A pair of former Chicago chefs have brought haute cuisine to Chilhowie’s Town House. By Christina Ball • Photography by Jeff Greenough Read more

Food 3 Comments


Jeff Greenough

What you need to know about the AT, in Virginia and beyond (but especially in Virginia). Read more



Jeff Greenough

Some of the toughest AT terrain can be found in the 50 miles between Front Royal and Harpers Ferry. As writer Suzanne Gannon found after hiking it over five days, there are temperature shifts, treacherous climbs and, if you’re lucky, “trail angels” t Read more



Jeff Greenough

There are few better getaways than a jaunt on the Appalachian Trail. It’s the most famous hiking corridor in America, and there is more of it in Virginia than any other state. Joe Tennis spent two days near Grayson Highlands State Park. Read more



Tyler Darden

Before long, a strange sensation will start to grip fishermen and consumers along the East Coast—striper madness! It’s a hard-to-define attraction to the striped bass, a migratory game fish found in large numbers in the Chesapeake Bay. Read more


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