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The mud kitchen at the nature playground at Spruce Creek Park.

Foundation Announces New Personnel

The Rockfish Valley Foundation is pleased to welcome Elise Lauterbach (  as its first paid staff member. She takes the role of part-time executive director.  We also welcome Rachel Deddens ( as our first part-time manager of the Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center. Please contact them at 434-361-0271 or by email.









Devils Backbone Opens New Distillery

Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows, located in Nelson County, has expanded into distilling.

Open to the public since March 2018, the distillery offers a lounge that serves Devils Backbone beer and spirits with a retail shop.

The new distillery’s first release, Mountain Cane Silver Rum, followed by Nelly’s Apple Brandy are available in the store. Virginia Pine Gin is the next brand available in the summer.

In addition to the newest addition added to the Basecamp is Devils Backbone Camp offering accommodations to encourage destination visits to our 92-acre property featuring 48 RV hook-ups along with primitive camping. Devils Backbone Camp is scheduled to open June 1. A 250-person event space, 25-room lodge and cottages are also planned for the near future.

County officials say that the beverage industry in Nelson County has grown from two wineries in 2002 to 10 wineries, four breweries, four distilleries and two cideries today.



The New County Tourism Website in Action!

Nelson County Economic Development & Tourism has announced its new Tourism Website: which went live in March, 2018.  Ever wanted to know everything there is to do in Nelson County?  This new website includes information on visiting Nelson County beneficial to both residents and visitors, including information on the county itself, Activities: Attractions, Hiking, Kid’s Activities, Museums & Heritage, Music & Entertainment, Orchards & Farms, Scenic Drives, Shopping, Art & Artisans, as well as full information on the county’s many Touring Trails.  In addition, there are full descriptions of Nelson County’s many Outdoor Adventures: Biking, Birding & Wildlife Viewing, Canoeing, Kayaking & Tubing, Fishing, Golf, Hiking Trails, Horseback Riding, Motorcycling, Skiing & Snowboarding, and Tennis and Swimming.

The new website also features information on all of Nelson’s 5 Breweries, 9 Wineries, 2 Cideries and 4 Distilleries, with more on the way!  Anyone planning a trip to Nelson or bringing family or friends in for a visit to Nelson County, (or maybe trying out something new as a Nelsonian) can learn something from this new informative website, that has been a long time in the making!

Residents and Visitors will also find an extensive EVENTS CALENDAR – with all the events happening at Nelson County venues on a daily basis, and throughout the year.  Meeting and Wedding Planners will see detailed information on meeting, wedding and reception venues on this website – making planning an event in Nelson County an easy process!

For those not yet in the know, Nelson County also has a government website for residents: that also features an Events Calendar and County Calendar.

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