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Nelson County Launches Nelson 29 Craft Beverage Trail

Nelson County has become a popular destination for those who take pleasure in Virginia craft beverages, local food, and outdoor recreation.  For over a decade, Route 151 in has been known as “Virginia’s Weekend Address,” showcasing a peaceful drive with views of rolling mountains and beautiful skies. In total, Route 151 boasts five wineries, five breweries, three cideries, and two distilleries. Soon, tourists and locals alike will be enjoying Nelson 29, a second craft beverage trail and sister trail to Nelson 151.

The Nelson 29 trail stretches 20 miles between Arrington’s Blue Mountain Barrel House and DelFosse Vineyards and Winery in Faber. Those traveling Nelson 29 can also experience Lovingston Winery, Virginia Distillery Company, Brent Manor Vineyards, Mountain Cove Vineyards and Wood Ridge Farm Brewery. For those venturing off of the 29 corridor, there is even more to see and do.


New Insurance Agent in Lovingston

A mother of six children took over the State Farm Insurance office in Lovingston in Nov. 2018 after Mac Harvey retired.

Angela McKinney whom, as the daughter of a Marine, traveled around the country while growing up, has 10 years of experience, and chose State Farm because “they are all about protecting people and their families and building relationships in the community”, she said. “We’ve been excited about serving the Nelson County community!”

Angela and her husband Mel will be moving to Roseland soon. Five of their six children are “mostly grown” now, but they have a child that will be entering kindergarten at Tye River Elementary.

For more information, please see the ad on page 5.

North Branch School Announces New Head of School

North Branch School recently announced a new head of school for the 2019-20 school year. Smith Coleman has been selected to succeed founder and head teacher Charlotte Zinsser Booth. Mr. Coleman’s new role will begin July 1.

Ms. Booth founded the school in September 1983. With her guidance, North Branch School has grown from a handful of students to more than 110 students enrolled this year. Ms. Booth will retire at the end of this school year.

Mr. Coleman earned a Bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington in Economic History, a Master’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University, and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from James Madison University. Mr. Coleman has administrative experience in a variety of educational settings and worked with the Orange County public school system for seven years teaching an experiential and place-based program for various grade levels.

Union Bank & Trust Is Now Atlantic Union Bank

If you hadn’t heard, Union Bank & Trust changed their name on May 20, 2019. The name change brings consistency to customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic where the bank has become a growing provider of financial services.

“We are excited to officially launch our new brand with the same commitment to service and relentless focus on our customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” says Duane Smith, Chief Marketing Officer of Atlantic Union Bank.

“Now that we have unified our brand under a distinctive name and logo, customers can easily identify with their bank from Virginia, to Maryland and North Carolina,” Smith said.

In addition to the added convenience and expanded geography, customers can still expect that local touch supported by the products and services of a much larger institution.

Historic Attractions

Oak Ridge is a 200-year-old estate formerly owned by a number of businessmen prominent in Virginia history. Wall Street financier and Nelson County native Thomas F

ortune Ryan purchased the estate in 1901 and transformed the small, Federal-style dwelling into a 50-room Colonial Revival mansion. Much of Ryan’s American Empire furniture remains in the home.

The Holland family acquired the 4,800 acre estate (with 50 outbuildings) in 1989 for the purpose of restoration.

Leisurely to

urs can be scheduled throughout the year by advance appointment for groups of ten or more guests.

Visitors will see selected rooms in the Mansion as well as certain Grounds features. For more information about tours or scheduling events call 434-263-8676  visit www.OakRidgeEstate.com.

Oakland-The Nelson County Museum of History was established to educate and expose the public to the rural history of Nelson County. The house was originally built in 1838 as an “ordinary”, or tavern, to accommodate passengers traveling the stage road from the Federal City (Washington, D.C.) to Lynchburg. The story of Hurricane Camille, that devastated Nelson County in August 1969, is one of the major exhibits. For more information, visit
www.nelsonhistorical.org call 434-263-8400