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Historic Homes

Montpelier Wine Festival

April 19, 2014

Montpelier Wine Festival May 3-4, 2014 This annual wine festival held on the grounds of the home of James Madison has wine tastings all day and is packed full of live music, arts and crafts, specialty food vendors even children’s entertainment and rides. Don’t forget to wear your largest, smallest, winey, beyond your basic baseball […]

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Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Walking Tours

April 7, 2014

The Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society will begin this year’s Historical Walking Tours on April 12, 2014. These tours center around Court Square, the Downtown Mall and various cemeteries and is a great way to learn Charlottesville’s rich history! For a complete description of the tours please visit the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society website.

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Swannanoa Palace Open House

June 21, 2013

497 Swannanoa Lane Afton, VA June 29-30, 2013 11:30AM to 5:30PM You don’t want to miss the opportunity to tour this 23000 square foot – 52 room marble palace built in 1912 and modeled after the Villa de Medici in Rome! For more information please visit here.

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Wine Festival at Monticello

May 7, 2013

Monticello – West Lawn May 11, 2013 6PM to 9PM Enjoy a spring evening by walking the vineyards and visiting the wine cellar. Tickets include tours of the house, live music and tastings from some of Virginia’s most celebrated vintages. For more information and tickets please visit the Monticello website.

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Readers and Writers Retreat at Charlottesville Estate

March 23, 2013

Castle Hill is an historic estate on 600 acres not far from Charlottesville.  Its visitors have included Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.  And this spring its visitors will also include writers from across the country who will participate in the the first Writers Retreat at the estate. The retreat is scheduled for May and you can […]

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Valentine Anniversary Tea

February 1, 2013

Ashlawn-Highland February 10, 2013 2PM to 4PM Take a Proper English Tea and learn the “language of the fan” along with constumed interpreters. Guests will also create their own valentine card using the ancient art of paper quilling. A tour of Monroe’s Highland is also included. Reservations required. For more information please visit the Ashlawn-Highland […]

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Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

September 10, 2012

September 14 & 15, 2012 Monticello and the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange brings you this annual festival of gardening, sustainable agricultural and local food. There will be workshops, hands-on demonstrations and a variety of tours and exhibits. For more information please visit the Heritage Harvest Festival website.

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Historic Double Hung Windows

July 6, 2012

Until I read THIS ARTICLE,  I’d hadn’t really formulated an opinion about the worst window designs. Of course we see all types of architectural windows as part of our jobs.  And because our firm has a focus on historic homes in central Virginia, we see more than our share of double hung windows.  You know […]

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Civil War Sites on the Journey Through Hallowed Ground

May 28, 2012

Virginia is rich in history.  History buffs will be pleased that efforts have been coordinated to link the many significant sites along the route through West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland into an area called the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.  These historic sites range from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia, north to Gettysburg PA.   The […]

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Central Virginia – A Wedding Mecca

August 31, 2011

Right here in Charlottesville’s own Albemarle County, an estate farm is making news in a much larger way.  Mount Ida Farm has transformed itself into a wedding/event destination and is being promoted by Washington D.C. residents as an exquisite getaway event venue. Mount Ida Farm consists of over 4,000 acres.  The estate home itself is on the […]

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