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NEWS & NOTES

Nelson County Couple Opens Shop

Anna and Tommy Williams, both natives of Nelson County and now living with their two daughters in Shipman, had dreamed for years about running their own business. When they started renovating their building (in Colleen) in 2015, and opened their doors last year, their dreams became reality. Olde Southern Charm was up and running.

Local Art Abounds

The Blackburn Gallery, located on Rt. 151, Nellysford, is owned and operated by U.S. Air Force veteran and former photo-journalist Kevin Blackburn.

Specializing in high quality contemporary fine art, Blackburn offers a nice collection of regional and quarterly visiting artists. Besides the paintings, one can find photographic and non-photographic prints, glass, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, stone and metal sculptures, fine wood turnings and furniture.

Blackburn also provides quality instruction through workshops and classes for adults and children within their enriching, museum-like gallery.

Infinity Downs Farm 2017 Events Calendar

Home of the Lockn’ Festival and The Festy Experience in Arrington, Virginia hosts concerts, wine and beer festivals, Spartan Race and more!

Arrington, VaInfinity Downs Farm, Central Virginia’s premier outdoor concert and events venue, and home to the Lockn’ Festival and The Festy Experience just completed a very successful Spring season with performances by The Revivalists, Peoples Blues of Richmond and Moogatu, and a Wine & Wildlife Festival with music by Bruce Hornsby. Infinity Downs Farm is proud to present the remaining 2017 events calendar:

Friday, June 2 – The Brewmasters Ball featuring Keller Williams and Michael Clem. Taste and vote to pick Virginia’s top craft breweries and enjoy tastings from top cideries including: Adventure Brewing, Apocalypse Ale Works, Ballast Point, Blue Mountain, Blue Toad, Bold Rock, Devil’s Backbone, Greenflash, James River Brewery, Parkway, Pro Re Nada Farm Brewery, Random Row, Starr Hill, Stone Street, Three Notch’d, and more. Local food trucks will offer the finest in local food, crafts and more. Tasting passports start at $30 and include concert with Keller Williams and Michael Clem. Kick-off event for Spartan Race. Open to the public.

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 Fortune 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 tours 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,
visit www.OakRidgeEstate.com.

Nelson County Trails Offer Great Hiking For Everyone!

Use caution during hunting season on all trails.

Photo courtesy of Nelson County Parks & Recreation

Appalachian Trail 45 miles of the Appalachian Trail lie in Nelson County with moderately challenging to rugged terrain. It is accessible from Route 56 in Tyro and at trail crossings along the Blue Ridge Parkway: Reeds Gap/Route 664, and Rockfish Gap/Afton Mountain (exit 99 off Interstate 64).

Appalachian Trail from State Route 56 (Swinging Bridge) to Harpers Creek A 2.6-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail to Harpers Creek, where the water gurgles through the large rocks. Directions from SR 56 at Crabtree Falls: Take SR 56 east for approximately 3-4 miles. The Appalachian Trail crosses SR 56 and a parking lot is available to the left of SR 56.

Appalachian Trail to Spy Rock An approximate 2 mile moderately strenuous hike from the Montebello Fish Hatchery up to the Appalachian Trail and to Spy Rock, probably the best viewpoint In the central Blue Ridge. The rock outcrop, at 3,980 feet elevation, provides a 360 degree panoramic view of numerous mountain summits. Directions from State Route 56 at Crabtree Falls: Take 56 west towards Montebello. Turn left onto 690 to Montebello Fish Hatchery. A small parking lot for hikers is available beyond the hatchery buildings to the right (follow the sign). Follow the trail for approximately .9 miles until it intersects the Appalachian Trail (white blazed). Turn left (north) on the AT and follow it about .7 miles to the small side trail to Spy Rock. A rock scramble will lead to the top of Spy Rock.