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Historic Homes

James Madison’s Montpelier
September 21, 2013
10AM – 10PM

James Madison Montpelier’s Annual Constitution Day Celebration for the first time, will include the Taste of Freedom Wine Festival! The celebration starts with the Liberty Ride Horse Parade at 10:00 and will conclude with Fireworks! You can find out about all the activities by visiting Montpelier’s website. For a list of the participating wineries go to Orange County’s website. Plan to come and bring all your family and friends!

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A Tour of Charlottesville Farm Estates

by Staff on May 24, 2013

Keswick VA FarmEverybody seems curious about what lies behind the distinctive gates of the farms and estates on Rt. 231 in the Keswick area just east of Charlottesville.  The area is scenic, “grand” in a peaceful way.  Mile after mile of horse fences and a backdrop of the Southwest Mountains create a perfect setting for the elegant farms that are at the end of those driveways.  But of course the public has no right to be on those driveways… they are private entrances for the lucky owners of those beautiful farms and estates.  Many times our clients have expressed a wish to get a peek at the actual farms that lie along Rt 22 and Rt 231.

On June 8th from 10:00-4:00,  the Piedmont Environmental Council is teaming with Keswick’s own Grace Episcopal Church to sponsor a day where the public will be welcome to see some of those farms.    It’s your chance to finally see the farm that lies at the end of the driveway!

HERE is more information about how to get tickets for this event.


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Nelson County VA Real Estate

by Staff December 2, 2012

We are so excited to introduce you to a new website all about Nelson County VA.  We’ve organized our site so that you can search for Nelson Co. real estate, Stoney Creek and Wintergreen Resort, plus farms and homes throughout Nelson County.  Farming in Nelson County includes not only cattle and horses and crops, but also [...]


A Legacy From Jefferson’s Gardener

by Staff April 25, 2012

For as long as many residents of central Virginia can remember, Peter Hatch has been the director of gardens and grounds at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate.   The gardens were not only the creation of Thomas Jefferson’s labor of love, his creative botanical talents, and his international travel…. they were Jefferson’s point of pride. For decades [...]


PVCC Students Will Partner With UVa Program at Morven Estate

by Staff November 17, 2011

Recently the University of Virginia began taking its horticulture students to the Morven estate (once managed by Thomas Jefferson).  The purpose is to utilize the extensive gardens and plantings of Morven to enhance the general study of horticulture.  The gorgeous 3,000 acre Morven estate has a wide ecosystem with diverse plants and garden designs…. ideal for those [...]


History Meets History at Plantation Farm

by Mark August 5, 2011

Over the years I have come across many historic homes here in Central Virginia. I admit to a partiality to older homes; disappointed when they are poorly used and facinated when they are treated with respect and care in their preservation. Many of these are fine, grand homes on par with Monticello. Others are the [...]