I love the Fan and Richmond’s historic neighborhoods so much that I started a blog, and attended two graduate level Architectural History courses at VCU to learn more about them. At one time I proclaimed that I’d never move out of the Fan. It was home for life.
Then life happened.
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It’s been a while since I posted here, and certainly the theme of this post will be 99% unrelated from topics in the past. My husband Gregg and I got married on Sunday, May 15, 2016. We locked down the first and only venue we checked out, the Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, Virginia, and have no regrets. From their website:
Middleburg was founded in 1787 and its history is indeed an interesting one. Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel and Virginia Statesman Levin Powell purchased land known as “Chinn’s Crossroads” for $2.50 an acre from Joseph Chinn, first cousin to George Washington. Powell changed the name to “Middleburg” because of the town’s location halfway between Alexandria and Winchester on the Ashby Gap trading route, which is now Route 50.
Our wedding site is comprised of the Mansion Pool area and the adjacent Woodsy Garden. Both are located opposite the Carriage House, the centerpiece of the Inn. The ruins of the historic Goodstone Mansion include the ivory-covered façade and original arbors. The natural beauty of the estate’s rolling pastures with the Blue Ridge Mountains and farmstead in the distance create a picturesque backdrop for a romantic country wedding.
Having such an intimate wedding with only a few months to plan helped reduce the stress but of course the day-of did come with a little bit of heat as the I-95 traffic from Richmond wasn’t playing nice. But, we made it up to the venue with enough time to have a glass of wine and take a few getting ready photos.
(Click on any of the photos in the cluster to view larger and as a slideshow.)
The Bull Barn where the ladies gathered to get ready
My niece Lexi
My mom Elaine and puppies Emma on the left and Bailey on the right
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I am in the final stages of wrapping up all of the research I have conducted over the past five months and compiling it into a digestible paper and presentation. This is so rewarding to sew everything together. I feel a little bit stressed about getting it all done before Thanksgiving, but it’s doable as … Continue reading Wrapping up the project
After recovering old photos in VCU’s Special Collections and piecing back together the original 800 block of Park Avenue, I was able to determine that two houses that stood at 810 and 812 Park Avenue were parcels that were originally John C. Shafer’s that were sold to Gilbert J. Hunt: February 1, 1888 Deed Book … Continue reading A twin town house recovered
In 1914, a parcel of land – really a 20′ alleyway – a block away from our row was once subject of an appeals case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Apparently, the parcel bound by Park Avenue, Franklin, Shafer and Harrison Streets that was once John C. Shafer’s, held an alley connecting Shafer and Harrison Streets, … Continue reading Neighboring Shafer property ends up in Supreme Court