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Made in Virginia: The Father’s Day Gift Guide

Made in Virginia: The Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is only a few short weeks away, and with unpredictable shipping delays occurring due to COVID-19, you may want to go ahead and start thinking about what to get Dad sooner rather than later! Use our Made in Virginia gift guide to pick out the perfect gift for your father this year. 


Virginia Distillery Company’s Courage & Conviction Whisky 


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If your Dad is a whiskey drinker, get him a bottle of Virginia Distillery Company’s newest release, Courage & Conviction Whisky. Inspired by the founder’s principles to “have the courage of your convictions”, this American Single Malt barley whisky has been aged a minimum of three years in sherry, bourbon, and cuvée wine casks. 

Add a little something extra to your gift with a cocktail kit from Pratt Standard Cocktail Co., which are paired with a bottle of Virginia Distillery Company whisky and can be shipped directly to Virginia consumers. Flavor options include Rosemary Grapefruit simple syrup with a Chardonnay cask-finished Virginia-Highland Whisky or a kit with simple syrup, orange bitters, and a Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky.


Awl Snap Leather Wallets


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Awl Snap hand stitches leather wallets, bags, and accessories, including leather coasters, koozies, and keychains. Get Dad a new wallet from Awl Snap for Father’s Day, featuring four card slots and a center pocket for cash. These wallets are made with vegetable-tanned leather sourced from world-renowned tanneries located  in the U.S. that follow ethically and environmentally responsible practices to ensure the best quality in the resulting products. 


Seigler Fishing Reels


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A fishing reel manufacturer based in Virginia Beach, Siegler Fishing Reels are a great gift for the father who spends a lot of time out on the water. These award-winning, top-quality reels come in a range of styles and price points, from fly fishing reels to lever drag reels. You can also get him a matching t-shirt or hat to wear during his next fishing trip.


BS Grillin’ Company


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Does Dad spend a good number of evenings grilling out? If so, he’ll probably appreciate some nice sauces and condiments to pair with his grilled meals. BS Grillin’ Company, based out of Lynchburg, makes a wide variety of sauces, such as Kickin’ Pineapple BBQ, Smokin’ Chipotle BBQ, and as well as relishes like their Blazin’ Pepper Relish and Sweet Zucchini Relish. These can also be used in lieu of your average sauces and seasonings in dips, sandwich spreads, marinades, and more. 


Green Cove Collective Socks


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Many Dads are big on the Great Outdoors, and if yours happens to like exploring Virginia’s untouched wilderness and conquering the most strenuous trails, socks from Green Cove Collective are a perfect gift. The company resides in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, so they have plenty of places to test out their latest socks for quality and endurance. Plus, every time you purchase a product from Green Cove Collective, they provide a meal to a person in need, supporting their community while also crafting excellent hiking accessories. 


A Mixed Basket of Virginia Craft Beer 


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If your Dad is a craft brew lover, take a DIY approach and build a basket of your favorite Virginia craft beers. Sharing a love of brews is a great way to bond, and he will appreciate the careful selection you’ve taken the time to put together! Not sure where to start? For a great selection of award-winning IPAs, consider ordering from The Veil Brewing Company, or if he’s more of a light beer guy, pick up some beers from New Realm Brewing Company, who won the 2019 Virginia Craft Beer Cup for their Euphoria Pilsner. 


Verus Kayaks 


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For Dads that seek adventure on white waters, consider splurging on a Verus kayak, made in Roanoke, Virginia. Their carbon/Kevlar abrasion-resistant freestyle kayaks are created by layering composites with bonding agents that are then covered by a specialty outer coating. While this is a more pricey gift, it’s a great one to go in with siblings or Mom on and surprise Dad in a big way! Pre-order the Verus 2020, the newest kayak with a re-designed, more aggressive stern that improves both comfort and safety.


Autumn Olive Farm Meats, Waynesboro


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We mentioned grilling before, but starting with a nice cut of meat will help those spices taste even better. Gift Dad some meats from Autumn Olive Farm, such as gorgeous steak cuts like filet mignon, New York Strip, and Top Sirloin, pork products like ribs, bacon, and pork chops, or processed meat products like ground beef or a wide variety of housemade sausages. All meats are raised on the environmentally-friendly farm in the Shenandoah Valley, which is owned and operated by local families. Current pickup locations for their products include Waynesboro, Crozet, Harrisonburg, Keswick, and Richmond. 


Wolfgang Beard Company Beard Care & Shaving Products


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A Richmond-based operation, Wolfgang Beard Company beard oils, balms, and butters, shaving creams, colognes, and hair pomades are great for the Dads that like to look (and smell!) their best. Whether Dad needs a little help tidying up a quarantine-inspired beard, shaving it off afterwards, or just looking for a new signature scent, the products at Wolfgang Beard Company are ideal for the Dads that appreciate a groomed look.


Lineage Candles


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Candles aren’t just for Moms! With smells like Appalachian Woodsmoke, Boot Jack, Bourbon & Ginger, Cinnamon & Cedar, Pine Camp, and Mill Lodge, Dad will enjoy the candles from Harrisonburg-based workshop Lineage, too. In addition to candles, you’ll find other great gifts for dad at Lineage, including leather coasters embossed with the state of Virginia, toiletry bags, cook & bar ware, and grooming products. 


Framed Letterpress Virginia Outdoors Prints from Wild Wander Co.


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Outdoorsy dads will appreciate the framed letterpress prints created by Wild Wander Co., available for sale on Etsy. Featuring designs like the Flora & Fauna of Virginia, a Field Guide to the Appalachian Trail, a charming Atlantic Oyster print, and a Field Guide to Shenandoah National Park, these prints will be hung proudly on the wall of Dad’s office or “man cave”. If he’s more into wearing his hobby, the designer also makes a selection of screen printed tees featuring a few Virginia-themed designs. 


Moore & Giles Leather Wrapped Flask


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Since 1933, Lynchburg’s Moore & Giles has been turning natural leathers into both commercial goods in the automotive and aviation industries and gorgeous high-end products for consumers. If your Dad is a spirits enthusiast, order him their Leather Wrapped Flask (available in forest green, burgundy, and rich brown colors), a stainless steel flask wrapped in vegetable-tanned Italian leather. Other leather products include luxurious leather coasters, games, and office accessories, so peruse their online shop for further Father’s Day inspiration.


Intro to Knifemaking Class at Join or Die Knives, Richmond


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The custom knives from Join or Die are handmade in Richmond, but if you’re not located near Virginia’s Capital city, you can order the blades online and have them shipped to you. Depending on Dad’s hobbies, there are several knives he may appreciate as a Father’s Day gift; the oyster knives are great for those that enjoy a backyard grill including Virginia’s well-known bivalves, the field mate knives are best for the Dads that spend their weekends hunting, and the kitchen knives are for the Dads that love to cook. However, if your Dad is a more hands-on guy, he may appreciate Join or Die’s Introduction to Knifemaking Class, where he’ll learn how to make his own blade. 


Grill Out With Virginia-Grown Oysters


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Grown in the famed Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, Virginia’s oysters are a gift not only made in Virginia, but made from Virginia’s waters. Get Dad a bushel of oysters for Father’s Day and host a cookout in the backyard where he can show his skills at the grill. With eight distinct oyster regions in the waters of the Bay, there are many different flavor profiles to Virginia oysters, whether Dad prefers the brinier bivalves of the Atlantic shores or the buttery taste of the oysters grown in the Rappahannock River. And many of these companies are currently offering curbside pickup or even home delivery, allowing you to easily get your gift for Dad. 


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For Dads that start each day with several cups of gourmet coffee, get a few bags of single-origin or blended beans from Three Ships Coffee,or step up your gift game and order a monthly coffee subscription from the Virginia Beach beanery. For $34 a month, your Dad will receive two unique bags of coffee with detailed information about the coffee’s origins, as well as membership to the Coffee Club newsletter and monthly coupons in case he runs out and needs to restock.  


Take Dad on a Short Road Trip Around Virginia


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Spend some quality time with Dad this Father’s Day with a quick day trip in Virginia! Jump in the car and set out on a road trip along a scenic route to share the day and discover the beauty of the Commonwealth. Be sure to snap a picture at one of the 200+ LOVEworks along the way to commemorate the trip. 


If you want more Made in Virginia products, check out our 2020 Gift Guide for tons of thoughtful gifts!

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Family Fun Activities in Shenandoah County

Family Fun Activities in Shenandoah County

Get closer to nature and build family bonds with a visit to Shenandoah County. Attractions here are no-frills and not fancy, but are guaranteed to bring smiles and warm hearts. Hike in the woods, skip rocks on the river, feed llamas, pick berries and explore caverns are just a few ideas, but imagine a place that allows for together time, marveling at the views, enjoying farm-fresh foods and creating beautiful memories.

Agricultural Experiences

Once called the “Breadbasket of the South”, Shenandoah County has deep roots in agriculture with many family farms still in operation a hundred or more years after their original ancestor first put a shovel in the land. Nowadays, family farms are diversifying, and creating spaces for visitors to pick fruits and pet the animals. One “Century Farm” has even begun brewing craft beer and serving wood-fired pizzas made with ingredients sourced within a stone’s throw.

Here are some of our favorite farm experiences in the area:

Posey Thisisit Llama Farm – This 27-acre farm is home to over 30 llamas visitors can meet, pet, feed and, if you’re lucky, even share a llama kiss! The mission of the farm is to share their love of llamas with all who visit and they deliver on that promise. The owner’s love and enthusiasm for these charming animals is infectious. Open year round by appointment.

Swover Creek Farms – is a Virginia Century Farm offering pick-your-own berries in several varieties including raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and black raspberries, and gooseberries. Their kitchen also offers wood fired pizzas, farm crafted sausages and home-made pretzels and well as farm crafted beers.

Woodbine Farms – is a family owned and operated farm market offering a huge variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs including peaches, plum, cherries, apricots, apples, tomatoes, green beans and much more. Their bakery also serves up some of the best cookies around as well as fresh baked pies, artisan breads, and apple dumplings. Enjoy local cheeses, jams, ciders and more inside the market or venture outside for their children’s play area complete with mining sluice.

Rivers, Caverns, & Other Outdoor Destinations

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Shenandoah Caverns Family of Attractions – Beat the heat in an underground landscape- At a constant 56°F, the beauty and wonders of Shenandoah Caverns is a family experience like no other. Check out Shenandoah County’s beautiful scenery below the surface and learn the story of two young boys who discovered it over a hundred years ago and made it their secret hideaway. Shenandoah Caverns has working elevator service and is home to the famous “bacon formations” as featured in National Geographic Magazine. Included with your ticket to the Caverns there are several other attractions that are definitely worth seeing: Main Street of Yesteryear, the Yellow Barn and American Celebration on Parade. American Celebration on Parade is a favorite among families who enjoy seeing floats from the Rose Bowl Parades, Thanksgiving Day Parades and Presidential Inaugurals up close and personal. Many even come to life with the push of a button.

Bryce Resort – This four season resort offers a variety of summer activities including biking, boat rentals, and golf. Beginner cyclists can take a lesson on their state of the art mountain bike trail which allows visitors to coast down the mountain and take in the spectacular views. Lake Laura is also part of Bryce Resort’s summer fun where the family can enjoy paddleboarding, canoeing and tubing.

Strasburg River Walk – This park offers a one of the most family/kid friendly river access points in the area suitable for canoes, kayaks and shallow aluminum boats. Fish for redbreast sunfish or small-mouth bass along the shores or enjoy a stroll along the gravel path running alongside the river.

Woodstock Tower – Take a short 1/3 mile round-trip hike to one of the most spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley. The Woodstock Tower was originally built as one of the first Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) projects now offers stunning 360 degree views of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River, the Town of Woodstock, and Fort Valley. It’s a perfectly short hike for little ones and the views are breathtaking. Note: The drive to the trail head is filled with switchbacks as it climbs over Massanutten Mountain. RV’s Trailers and buses are not allowed.

Hike to Big Schloss – For your tough-and-mighty trail warriors this 4 mile round trip hike offers a perfect day on the mountain with places to stop for a picnic. A beautiful rock outcropping at the end makes a perfect spot for a family photo. You can’t beat the views here! At the trail head are several places to set up a tent and campfire for the night. Memories made.

Ice Cream Stands

No matter what part of the county you visit, there’s always a good place to stop and cool down with a sweet treat. After your adventures, on the rivers, trails or underground it’s easy to find a place to stop at one of the many ice cream stands around the County. Offering classic treats such as hand-dipped cones, custard and milkshakes as well as chillers filled with your favorite candy bars. Most places are open seasonally and are enjoyed by locals and travelers alike.

Ice Cream Depot

363 E King St

Katie’s Custard

870 S Main St

Smiley’s Kustard

1562 Orkney Grade Bayse (near Bryce Resort)

Sugar Creek Snowy & Sweet

154 E King St

Pack’s Frozen Custard

211 East Lee Hwy New Market


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Virtual Experiences You Can Do In Lynchburg From Your Home

Virtual Experiences You Can Do In Lynchburg From Your Home

One incredible thing that we’ve seen while living through the time of COVID-19 is just how well the community can rally and put together resources that can be accessed virtually. Many favorite local spots known for their history, art and learning experiences have made tours available that you can take from the comfort of your home. Here are a few you can enjoy and get excited about visiting in the future!




SeaQuest is one of Lynchburg’s latest business additions, and it’s already a popular destination. So during this time of social distancing, get to know the SeaQuest critters on their website! Virtual video tours are available so you can venture into the wild through these exhibits from your computer. These tours include videos of rainforest animals, the Mayan Jungle aviary, Egyptian desert creatures and several assorted underwater environments with sharks, bioluminescent fish, snails, crabs and starfish.

Academy Center of the Arts

The Academy Center of the Arts has no shortage of virtual activities to choose from. You can tour their artist galleries on their website and get to know the work of their talented artists. They are also hosting a virtual First Fridays Art Exhibition with judging and prizes, and live-streaming performances and educational videos for your viewing pleasure. There was even a National Poetry Month celebration on Friday, April 10, in collaboration with The Listening, which brought powerful spoken words of poets such as Jaylin Randolph, Madalyn Sullivan and Nick George.


RiverViews Artspace

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RiverViews Artspace is a multipurpose art hub, with exhibits and supplies for creators and art appreciators alike to peruse and enjoy. Many of their exhibits have been put into video format, such as “To Scale: A Small Works Group Show”, Emerging Artist Twon Smith’s “Drawing Distinctions” and “The Women Portrait Project: Coincidental Feminists”. So hop on their website for an experience with local artists and makers who remind us of what is possible and meaningful.

Amazement Square

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Lynchburg CVB

Even Amazement Square, a hands-on children’s museum well-known for its interactivity and playful learning experiences, has created virtual experiences for the whole family to enjoy! Their exhibits are themed by day, and kids can have the opportunity to watch and create along with videos, make art, solve puzzles, listen to stories and participate in family games of strategy and chance. As a bonus, you can take pictures or videos of your kids’ great work and submit them to the website!


Lynchburg Museum

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While the Lynchburg Museum is closed, they’ve put their exhibits online so you can still see and learn about them. From gallery to gallery, this virtual tour tells the history of Lynchburg and Virginia from the time of the state’s settlement in 1607 up to modern day. It also gives special attention to exhibits about Virginia military history, local government and a “Life in Lynchburg” gallery about local arts, education, sports and entertainment. This would also be a great opportunity to let the kids in on the fun!


D-Day Memorial

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Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day are coming up in May, so what better time to familiarize yourself with the stories told by the National D-Day Memorial? This place of commemoration remembers the sacrifices of brave American soldiers during World War II, and it’s offering educational resources, Facebook Live events and virtual tours for you to feel a part of this important place. Some of these programs and events include lesson plans and worksheets, video lectures and presentations and even a virtual Armed Forces Day 5K!

Even if we don’t leave our homes, there is still a lot to do in Lynchburg, and we hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the virtual experiences that our community has to offer, then get out and see these places when this crisis lifts. We hope you stay safe and well!

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Sharing the LOVE: Blenheim Winery’s “On the Line” Blend Supports Local Food Banks

Sharing the LOVE: Blenheim Winery’s “On the Line” Blend Supports Local Food Banks

The effects of Coronavirus have been disheartening, from businesses shutting down to the utter boredom that comes from staying at home for weeks on end. But there are silver linings to the situation that allow us to see the LOVE in every corner of Virginia. Sharing these “good news” stories help us get through this troubling time and appreciate the integrity and kindness found in communities all around the Commonwealth. 


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One such story is happening at Blenheim Vineyards, the winery owned by native Virginian Dave Matthews. They will be releasing 350 cases of a new red wine blend (followed by a white wine blend) named “On the Line” that recognizes the heroic efforts of frontline workers during this trying time. The proceeds from the wine sales will benefit Charlottesville’s Frontline Foods and World Central Kitchen, programs that use donations to partner with local restaurants and provide food to the area’s essential workers. 


In conjunction with the wine release, Blenheim Vineyards has also created a limited release of merchandise with the logo designed by Dave Matthews, including stickers, posters, and t-shirts, of which the proceeds will also benefit Frontline Foods Charlottesville and the World Central Kitchen. 

We virtually “sat down” with Blenheim Vineyards general manager and winemaker, Kirsty Harmon, who has been producing exceptional wines at the vineyard since 2008, to ask her about the “On the Line” blend. 


How did you come up with the “On the Line” special release?

An old friend of mine, John Kluge Jr., reached out to me several weeks ago about a potential collaboration. He had and continues to work with Frontline Foods in Charlottesville.  He was looking for a way to increase interest and donations to feeding front line workers in Charlottesville, and thought that a wine specific to the cause might make a lot of sense. My husband, sister and niece, are all front line workers, so the idea immediately resonated with me.


Can you explain the winemaking process and bottling process?

The wine for this blend is a combination of wines from both 2018 and 2019. The goal was to make a fruit forward, approachable wine that pairs widely with a range of food and occasions. 


What kind of impact do you think the “On the Line” wine is having on the community in Charlottesville and in Virginia as a whole?

I hope that the wine is a way to bring focus to the community of workers on the Front Lines – from health care to grocery store. It is hopefully a way for those folks living in Charlottesville, Virginia and beyond to be able to support those workers from afar. 


As we look to reopening the state, what will Blenheim Vineyards be doing to welcome visitors again?


We are excited to welcome guests back to Blenheim at some point, but feel that we are best serving our guests by remaining closed at this time. We are offering home delivery, free shipping and local and Richmond pick ups of our wines. 



Looking for more good news during COVID-19? Stay tuned for more Sharing the LOVE stories that highlight the best of Virginia’s businesses and citizens! 

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Erin Lano, Horn, and Maria Yefimova, Piano

Erin Lano, Horn, and Maria Yefimova, Piano

Comfort and Joy! The Beethoven 2020 Summer Series
The Richmond Symphony’s weekly summer concert series returns this year in association with the University of Richmond Department of Music and VCU | School of the Arts | Department of Music. The series is made up of six casual, one-hour concerts spotlighting a single instrument with piano.

Performances take place in the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Energy Center of the Performing Arts at 6:30 pm on Thursdays from July 9 to August 13. This year we will be hosting limited, socially distanced audiences and simultaneously live streaming each concert.

This year’s theme is Beethoven, in honor of his 250th birthday, and we thought it fitting to dedicate our entire series to him and his world.

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Jeannette Jang, Violin, and Russell Wilson, Piano

Jeannette Jang, Violin, and Russell Wilson, Piano

Comfort and Joy! The Beethoven 2020 Summer Series
The Richmond Symphony’s weekly summer concert series returns this year in association with the University of Richmond Department of Music and VCU | School of the Arts | Department of Music. The series is made up of six casual, one-hour concerts spotlighting a single instrument with piano.

Performances take place in the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Energy Center of the Performing Arts at 6:30 pm on Thursdays from July 9 to August 13. This year we will be hosting limited, socially distanced audiences and simultaneously live streaming each concert.

This year’s theme is Beethoven, in honor of his 250th birthday, and we thought it fitting to dedicate our entire series to him and his world.

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Canceled By COVID: Enjoy Virginia Music Festivals from Home

Canceled By COVID: Enjoy Virginia Music Festivals from Home

Memorial Day weekend is usually the start of music festival season in Virginia. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, many festivals have postponed to later dates or have canceled entirely.

While travelers won’t be able to attend most music festivals right now, we encourage everyone to dream about going to your favorite one next year, find a new one to add to the list, or listen to playlists of what would have been some incredible shows.



New Dates: Rescheduled for July 21-25, 2021
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A 4-day celebration of music and art nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia.

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One of Virginia’s biggest and best music festivals, FloydFest is a five-day festival in the mountains of Floyd. Attendees can camp in the trees of the Blue Ridge Mountains during the festival and take in live music with more than 100 artists on eight stages, outdoor adventure, local vendors offering everything from artisan-made goods, workshops, healing arts seminars, and children’s activities.



Red Wing Roots Music Festival

New Dates: Rescheduled for July 9-11, 2021

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The Red Wing Roots Music Festival is held over three days at the scenic Natural Chimneys Park in Mt. Solon, is a family-friendly event that blends bluegrass and folk music. Multiple stages allow a wide array of regional and national bands to continuously play various genres during the festival, and there are tons of organized outdoor events as well such as bike rides, hiking, fun runs and interactive kids activities.


Rooster Walk

New Dates: Rescheduled for May 27-30, 2021

The Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival features musical performances across several different genres, including bluegrass, rock, reggae, jazz, country and Americana – all in a family friendly environment. In addition to music, explore several vendor booths to partake in arts and crafts.



Virginia Arts Festival

New Dates: Rescheduled for various dates on 2021. Virginia International Tattoo rescheduled for April 15-18, 2021.

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Presented annually in Norfolk, Virginia, the Virginia International Tattoo is an exhibition of military bands, massed pipes and drums, military drill teams, gymnasts, Scottish dancers, and choirs. It is the largest show of its kind in the US, involving casts of over 800 artists from many different countries.

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Every year, the Virginia Arts Festival, brings the world’s great artists to performance venues throughout the Hampton Roads area. The big event is the Virginia International Tattoo, which pays tribute to the United States Military. Presented in the grand tradition of the world’s oldest tattoos, this Tattoo is an all-American show of patriotism and pride – one international sensation.



Patriotic Festival

New Dates: Rescheduled for June 4-6, 2021

On the last weekend of May, Virginia Beach hosts the Patriotic Festival, an annual event that honors our armed forces personnel and their families. The Patriotic Festival is a three-day-long event featuring concerts from country music stars, military expos, and displays.


Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

New Dates: Concerts pushed to Aug. and Sept. 2020

Held over summer weekends at the beautiful historic retreat and conference center of Shrine Mont, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has brought countless talented musicians to the region, with past artists including LeAnn Rimes, Bruce Hornsby and The Temptations.


Hampton Jazz Festival

New Dates: Postponed to June 2021

The annual Hampton Jazz Festival attracts the nation’s top blues, soul, pop and jazz performers. Each June, tens of thousands of loyal fans from all over the nation converge in Hampton to be a part of this three-day celebration.



New Dates: Canceled for 2020, New dates TBD

Dori & Scott Freeman HoustonFest 2019

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Posted by HoustonFest on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Held annually in memory of young local musician Houston Caldwell, HoustonFest is a two-day festival in Southwest Virginia that features more than 30 bands, with musical genres ranging from Bluegrass to Gospel. Along with the music, skilled artisans and local vendors have workshops and sell homemade goods.



Galax Fiddlers Convention

New Dates: Rescheduled for Aug. 9-14, 2021

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During the 2nd week of August of each year the City of Galax has the world tapping its feet as the Old Fiddlers Convention takes place in Felts Park. Musicians and fans from around the world travel to Galax to perform and hear the music that defines the sound of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Galax has been designated the Worlds Capital of Oldtime Mountain Music and is proud to be identified as hosting the worlds oldest and largest fiddlers convention which has taken place consistently since 1935.

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The oldest and largest fiddlers’ festival in the world, the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention pays tribute to the region’s rich culture and mountain music roots. Since 1935, this festival has brought musicians and bluegrass fans from around the world to discover the sound that defines the Blue Ridge Mountains. After 80+ years, the festival is still one of the most affordable, fun events anywhere on the east coast, providing a family-friendly vacation option for those looking to learn more about Southwest Virginia’s extensive musical background.


Something in the Water

New Dates: Rescheduled for April 23-25, 2021

The best of the world in Virginia Beach. 🌊 #SITWfest

Posted by SOMETHING IN THE WATER on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams’ music and culture festival, Something in the Water, takes place on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and features a huge amount of national touring artists and plenty of homegrown talent in different genres including hip hop, R&B, rock and many others.


Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series

New Dates: The 2020 Summer Concert Season tentatively begins on June 27. (Subject to change)

The Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax features a state-of-the-art amphitheater on the Blue Ridge Parkway and hosts concerts each weekend June through September.


Lockn’ Festival

New Dates: Postponed to Oct. 2-4, 2020

The Lockn’ Festival is a four-day music festival taking place at Infinity Downs Farm with an emphasis on music from jam bands, camping, outdoor activities, regional food, beverages and artisans. Lockn’ is one of Virginia’s largest music festivals and many of the artists perform over multiple days and be featured in unique and exciting artist pairings.


Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

New Dates: Still scheduled for Sept. 11-13, 2020

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

A three-day festival along Downtown Bristol’s State Street, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion celebrates Bristol’s heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music, where some of the most noteworthy and influential musical recordings ever created. Catch more than a hundred bands playing on 19 stages during the festival, filling the streets of Bristol with Americana, country, bluegrass, rock, blues, and several other genres that trace their roots to the Bristol Sessions.

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Cheers To Wine-Down Wednesdays in Nelson County!

Cheers To Wine-Down Wednesdays in Nelson County!


Most Wednesdays, the weekend still feels far away. The commute to the office seems longer than ever, two nights of homework has made the kids irritable, and the week’s challenges are already wearing you thin. However, there’s a new opportunity for Wednesdays. It turns out that Wednesday is the perfect time to wind down, rest, and prepare for the final push that gets you through the rest of the week. Instead of letting Wednesday get you down, treat it like a holiday! Use this infamous day of the week to “wine down” with some great wines, good food, and music in Nelson County, Virginia.


Celebrate Holidays with Virginia Wine

Along with its four Wine Down Wednesdays, the month of May is home to National Wine Day, celebrated on May 25th. The best way to enjoy this day is to spend time with family and friends over wine and a tasty meal. Of course, our unprecedented times have altered the way a celebration looks. However, there is still plenty of opportunity to observe National Wine Day and Wine Down Wednesdays, Nelson-style.


The Impressive Skills of Nelson County Winemakers


Concerning the wines themselves, Nelson County winemakers produce despite unpredictable weather. A day in Virginia can represent all four seasons topped off with a thunderstorm on Thanksgiving and a morning frost on the last day of May. Because the climate takes away from overall production, more attention can be given to the fruit and the wine-making. Viognier grapes grow well in Nelson, along with the thick-skinned Petit Manseng. These grapes, along with other varieties, and the soil they are planted in lend something to the crisp, flavorful wines that Nelson has to offer.

One benefit of Nelson’s rocky soil is that it doesn’t allow grapevines to dig deep into the ground. The vines then focus more energy onto the fruit rather than other parts of the plant. This is why Nelson wines taste so unique. It’s telling that Nelson County is located directly between Europe and California, since Nelson County Wines embody both new-world charm and modern taste, with a little southern determination thrown in. It could be said that Nelson County Winemakers are some of the last true pioneers of the industry.

The county is a peaceful, verdant beauty located next to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its immense skies and sun-dappled forests serve as the perfect backdrop to its fascinating wineries. Those visiting the county will find themselves in the very heart of Virginia Wine Country, and conveniently located directly between the cities of Charlottesville and Lynchburg. A wide variety of locally produced wines is another part of the landscape, and award-winning red and white wines, meads, and fruit wines abound. Nelson offers a variety of experiences, from farm wineries, Virginia’s oldest winery, traditional, terraced vineyards, and tasting rooms that are functional works of art.


Nelson County’s Craft Beverage Trails

Nelson is well-known for its craft beverage production; two of its three craft beverage trails boast several wineries. The famous Nelson 151 is affectionately known as “Virginia’s Weekend Address.” It runs near the northern edge of the county, where you’ll find farms, art galleries, cozy bed & breakfasts, and of course- wineries. Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Cardinal Point Winery, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Flying Fox Vineyard, Valley Road Vineyards, and Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery are part of Nelson 151. 12 Ridges Vineyard & Winery, a cool-climate wine producer, can be found nearby- high atop the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Photo Credit: Justin Eubanks

Nelson 29, the county’s newest craft beverage trail, boasts wineries as well: Mountain Cove Winery, Delfosse Vineyards & Winery, Lovingston Winery, and Brent Manor Vineyards. All the wineries included in Nelson 29 have easy access to the Route 29 corridor, which makes these producers perfect for the traveling wine enthusiast. There are plenty of unique shopping opportunities near Route 29. Drumheller’s Orchard and Saunders Brothers Farm Market are nearby, too, if picking your own fresh fruit or choosing country market staples adds a little something to your winery day!


Delfosse Vineyards & Winery, Photo Credit: Steven Morris

The wineries themselves are so unique that no two are alike. Mountain Cove Vineyards, Virginia’s oldest winery, is nestled in a beautiful cove. Afton Mountain Vineyards has a beautiful veranda with views of the Blue Ridge. At Delfosse Vineyards and Winery, the owners know there’s nothing more refreshing on a cool summer’s day than a soothing picnic with delicious wine. Lovingston Winery grows their grapes in a way that increases both the quality and the beauty of the fruit, since the winery itself is built into a hillside and utilizes a gravity-flow production method.

For those more artistically-inclined, Flying Fox Vineyard & Winery offers more than good vermouth. Art is everywhere. Industrial furniture makes the tasting room one-of-a-kind, and huge murals adorn the building. Even the wallpaper is unique! If you aren’t stunned enough by the artistry at Flying Fox, you’ll be mesmerized at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery’s indoor beehive, where you can watch busy bees enter and exit the building while you build up a little buzz of your own.


More Than Just Vino: Special Events at Nelson’s Wineries

Usually, many of Nelson’s Wineries host special events on weekends. Music and food are part of the celebrations as well. Tours are offered along with wine tasting, and gifts are often available in on-site shops. Many Nelson County wineries are available for booking; weddings and other special events are welcomed.

Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery holds the annual Hill Top Berry Festival in August. The festival takes place on the first Saturday in August, and customers-turned-blackberry-pickers can purchase bottles of true-to-fruit wines, honey meads, or two different types of Sangria.


Another great Nelson celebration takes place on the second Saturday of every month during the warm-weather season. Veritas Vineyards & Winery offers an outdoor concert series, where you can relax under the stars, then taste the wines made on-site.


Adjusting to COVID-19 When You Visit The Wineries


Of course, during these unique times, changes have needed to be made in the short-term. For those who are at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, wineries in Nelson County have adapted. Delfosse Vineyards & Winery offer Facebook Live Wine Chats. Over the next few Wine Down Wednesdays, Brent Manor Vineyards will be offering virtual tastings in the evenings. Wine enthusiasts can order the newly-released wines from Brent Manor Vineyards and follow along online. Afton Mountain Vineyards and Valley Road Vineyards are also rising Internet stars with their virtual tasting opportunities. There are still special occasion offerings at Nelson wineries as well. For Mother’s Day, Veritas Vineyards & Winery sold special “Mother’s Day in a Box” brunches for pickup.

You can enjoy Nelson County wines at home, too. Most Nelson wineries, including Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery, offer curbside to go for wine orders. Afton Mountain Vineyards and Cardinal Point Winery offer online orders and pickup as well. Many of the wineries, including Lovingston Winery, are offering free shipping and local delivery.


Wineries Give Back to the Community

Of course, it’s hard to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes and beautiful wines without having a beautiful heart as well. Nelson wineries have found ways to give back to their customers and their community during these difficult times. For example, Veritas Vineyards & Winery has partnered with top wedding vineyards to give away a dream wedding valued at over $50,000. The wedding site, coordinating, flowers, gifts, stationery, cake, makeup, and gifts will be available to one lucky couple whose wedding was cancelled due to these difficult times.

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There’s more to wine in Nelson County than a day of the week or a certain month of the year, though Wine Down Wednesdays and National Wine Month remind us that there’s a lot of fun and adventure to be had, even though the times have a’changed somewhat right now. Whether you travel to the heart of Virginia’s wine country or celebrate on the front porch at home, Nelson County Wineries have something to offer. For more information about how YOU can start celebrating Wine Down Wednesdays and National Wine Month, visit the Nelson County website or call the Nelson Visitors Center at 434-263-7015.

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But Did You Know…16 Fun Facts About Virginia

But Did You Know…16 Fun Facts About Virginia


As the home of the first English settlement in the New World, Virginia has an extensive history with countless contributions to America’s political, cultural, and culinary foundations. Virginia originally encompassed all of the lands in the New World, eight U.S. Presidents called Virginia “home”, and the first official Thanksgiving was held in Virginia. But while you may learn these iconic history facts about Virginia in school, there is so much more to the Commonwealth; read on to discover more notable facts about Virginia! 



Originally settled by colonists in 1610, Hampton is the oldest continuously-inhabited English settlement in North America. When visiting Hampton, you can learn all about the city’s more than four centuries of notable history at the Hampton Museum

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Virginia’s early judicial system influenced the Supreme Court. The Commonwealth created a system of superior courts in 1779, including the Supreme Court of Appeals, which became a model for the emerging U.S. Supreme Court, whose structure and influence were not described in detail in the Constitution (the creation of which was also spearheaded by Virginians!)



Virginia has been on the forefront of eco-friendly travel for decades, influencing the movement hugely with the establishment of Earth Day, which happened at Northern Virginia’s Airlie Resort. But Virginia is “green” in more ways than one; the Virginia Department of Forestry reports that 62 percent of the Commonwealth is forested. Explore these pristine woods with a hike on a scenic trail or a cycling adventure in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital.

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Petersburg’s Pocahontas Island is the oldest free black community in the nation, and is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. 



America’s first woman-run bank was established in Richmond, Virginia’s capital city. Not only was it the first bank set up by a woman, but even more impressively, by a black woman in the era of the South’s Jim Crow Laws; Maggie Lena Walker chartered St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in 1903, breaking incredible barriers and inspiring Richmond’s black community as a successful businesswoman. In addition to founding the bank, Walker became the bank’s first president and later chairman of the board of directors, creating a safe space for black bank patrons to do business. 

Visit the Maggie Lena Walker National Historic Site in Richmond’s Jackson-Ward neighborhood to learn more about this incredible leader from Virginia. 

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If you’ve visited Virginia, you’ll know that the range of accents can vary widely from the Virginia Beach coastal region to the remote mountain towns of Southwest Virginia. However, Tangier Island, located in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay, has a distinct English dialect not found anywhere else in the world. Tangier Island was originally settled by early British Colonists in the 1680s, and most of the current residents are their ancestors, speaking in a very peculiar and unique dialect due to the tiny island’s isolation. Their accent sounds closer to the British accent than the American accent, with phrases and speech patterns that can be traced back to early colonial English.

Take a ferry out to the remote island to hear this unique dialect in person, and sample some Tangier Island Oysters to get a taste of the region’s merroir (the flavor infused into the oysters due to the water in the region). While on the island, tour the Tangier History Museum for a thorough dive into the community’s one-of-a-kind history. 



Because of the Chesapeake Bay’s diverse ecosystem, Virginia is the largest seafood producer on the East Coast and the third largest in the country. A large part of that industry is Virginia oysters, with eight distinct oyster regions in the Chesapeake Bay. 

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For centuries, Virginia was known for its lucrative tobacco industry, but the original settlers actually planned for the land to be a silk colony. After a fungus killed the trees that the silkworms fed on, they decided to plant tobacco instead. 



Bourbon, also known as American Whiskey, is often considered a Kentucky drink, but bourbon’s roots are actually Virginian; Fayette County was in Southwest Virginia, but in 1792, county lines were redrawn and the area became part of the new state of Kentucky. 

Photo Credit: Brian Camp, IG account: @brian_k_camp



Almost half of all Civil War battles were fought on Virginia soil. Today, visitors can learn about these pivotal moments in American history with a visit to one of Virginia’s Civil War National Battlefields or historic sites.



Both wars fought on American soil, the American Revolution and the Civil War, ended in Virginia; the Civil War at Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park, where Generals Grant and Lee would meet to sign the surrender, and the American Revolution in Yorktown, where the combined forces of the French and American armies would defeat General Cornwallis for a final victory in the war. 



Naval Station Norfolk is the world’s largest naval base, with more than 78 ships from the Atlantic fleet using the station as a home port. 



Virginia contains 544 miles of the Appalachian Trail, more than any other state. Virginia also boasts the most photographed spot on the AT, the picturesque view from McAfee Knob



One of the most popular sodas in the United States, Mountain Dew, was formulated in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.



Tennis great Arthur Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia. He became the first black man to win both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon tennis championships, and was also the first African-American man to be ranked as the number one tennis player in the world.

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Founded in 1693, The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is the second oldest college in the nation. Virginia’s collegiate history has a less prestigious “first”: George William Crump, a student at what is now Washington & Lee College in Lexington, became the first college student to be arrested for streaking across a college campus in 1804. Crump would later win seats in the Virginia House of Delegates and the 19th United States Congress. 


Want to learn more about Virginia’s unique history? Check out these other But Did You Know… stories! 

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Your 2020 Guide To Virginia’s PRIDE Festivals & Events

Your 2020 Guide To Virginia’s PRIDE Festivals & Events

Virginia is for Lovers LGBTQ+

The first half 2020 has been a year of connecting and supporting each other in so many ways, and our LGBTQ+ families, friends and Allies are as strong, passionate and resilient as ever. Virginia’s Queer communities are making plans to celebrate PRIDE together in 2020.

Virginia is also celebrating our Queer TheirStory, HerStory and History as the first southern state to sign into law the Virginia Values Act, extending state non-discrimination protections to Virginians on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – a new level of Welcome and safety for LGBTQ+ visitors. Virginia’s LGBTQ+ people are finding and sharing more of our Queer history, statewide. This includes people, stories and timelines found at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s Story of Virginia exhibit, and online at Virginia Historic Resources’ LGBTQ Heritage in Virginia website.

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While event dates are predicated on the health and safety of all, we are sharing what’s planned and will be updating our calendar accordingly.

No matter which PRIDE events and festivals you attend, there are plenty of self-designated LGBT-friendly hotels, B&Bs, cabins and campsites available to stay at with family and friends. There are also so many things to do and discover, such as shops, restaurants, distilleries, meaderies, cideries, craft breweries, wineries, outdoor adventures, and much more.

Interested in attending a Virginia PRIDE festival this year? Here is your guide to each event throughout PRIDE season.

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PRIDE Season Festivals and Events: At a Glance





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But Did You Know…Prohibition & Franklin County, The Moonshine Capital of the World

But Did You Know…Prohibition & Franklin County, The Moonshine Capital of the World

Many people know a little bit about the era of Prohibition in America or have at least watched films about moonshiners, such as the 2012 Hollywood drama “Lawless” starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, which followed the Bondurant brothers and their bootlegging enterprise in Virginia’s mountains. But did you know that Franklin County, located in the mountains of Virginia, came to be known as the “Moonshine Capital of the World” due to the region’s heavy involvement in the illegal moonshine industry that occurred during Prohibition? 


Jamestown: America’s Moonshine Roots

In 1620, just 13 years after the Jamestown settlement was established, Virginia colonists were using corn to distill spirits along the James River. This was the first time moonshine was made by colonists in America, although the indigenous peoples had been producing their own alcoholic beverages from corn and other native plants prior to the arrival of colonists. 

Fast forward to the 1700s, when the English, Germans, and Scots-Irish began immigrating to America and settling into western Virginia’s backcountry, where they would bring their own traditions for making homemade spirits, using fruits to make brandy and grains to produce whiskey. <img data-attachment-id="58895" data-permalink="https://blog.virginia.org/2020/05/franklin-moonshine-history/moonshiners/" data-orig-file="https://d2y0su6ixv655t.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/01124431/moonshiners.jpg" data-orig-size="813,559" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="moonshiners" data-image-description="


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From the earliest colonial settlement into the industrial era of the 1800s, producing spirits became a part of life for the small rural communities of Southwestern Virginia. The agricultural aspects of the communities and a lack of roads to transport produce grown on the lands to other parts of the state resulted in an abundance of fruits and grains to use in the distilling process. Instead of wasting the fruits and grains that they were unable to sell, the farmers used a homemade copper still and wooden barrels to mix the mash and store resulting spirits for years to come. A farmer could make enough liquor to cover his own family’s needs and then sell or trade the rest with other members of the community, allowing them to utilize produce that would have otherwise spoiled and been thrown away. Plus, the spent grains left over from the distilling process could be fed to cows, pigs, and other livestock. In a way, early Virginia moonshiners were some of the first eco-friendly farmers in America!


Illegal vs. Legal Liquors

Many of the Scots-Irish, German, and English citizens that immigrated to American were in part fleeing from what they viewed as unfair taxes imposed upon them by their former countries, and one such tax was on distilling whiskey. When they came to America, they believed that they would be free of these fees and could resume producing their own distilled beverages without infringement from the still-forming U.S. government. 

But the Revolutionary War was at hand and the country needed money to pay for the care and supplies for American troops, so the government imposed a tax on alcohol. In response, lots of citizens chose not to license their distilleries or pay taxes on the resulting liquors. These were the first “moonshiners” in America, with many residing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western Virginia where a smaller, less dense population and large tracts of land allowed them to hide their operations with relative ease. But crafting spirits was not only a pastime for poor rural farmers; middle and upper class Americans on the eastern seaboard were known to build large dedicated stillhouses; George Washington even made his own liquor commercially at Mount Vernon, and you can still visit this distillery today!


Spirits would be taxed by the American government on and off for about 40 years after the Revolutionary War, followed by a 45-year untaxed period; however, with the start of the Civil War, Congress would again pass a whiskey tax. Each gallon of whiskey would be taxed two dollars, an astounding average of twelve times the cost of making these spirits. Not surprisingly, some distillers preferred to run their operations illegally rather than pay these high taxes. These rogue distillers would operate as illegal moonshiners, competing with the 77 legal distilleries that would open in Franklin County by 1894. 


Prohibition & The Rise of Moonshine Running


With the close of the 1800s, America’s stance against alcohol was gaining support. Laws were passed during this time to make rural distilleries illegal, and in the following years, Virginia counties one by one banned both the production and sale of spirits. By 1914, Virginia voted to ban alcohol completely and the Commonwealth was completely dry of legal liquor. Moonshiners would ignore these laws and continue delivering their products in motor vehicles to industrial towns like Danville, Lynchburg, and Roanoke. The United States introduced Prohibition nationwide in 1920, and as a result, the moonshine industry that had been steadily growing in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains would explode overnight. 


Moonshiners & Police: A (Lucrative) Game of Cat & Mouse

The image of a moonshiner in the Blue Ridge Mountains tends to bring to mind an impoverished backwoods farmer, but in reality, some moonshiners would turn an incredible profit, especially during Prohibition. In Virginia’s mountains, a few bootleggers were quite wealthy, earning tens of thousands of dollars in cash while the Great Depression was in full swing. One such moonshiner in Franklin County bought an airplane so that his son could fly over their land and make sure their stills weren’t visible from above. 

As Prohibition ended in 1933, moonshining had become a huge economic force in the mountains of Virginia, and although alcohol was once again legal, the profits from illegal moonshining in the region remained high, encouraging the bootleggers to continue their shady enterprises.

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Police officers and tax enforcement officials hunted down moonshiners throughout the United States with the help of local informants (which could sometimes be the bootlegger’s own competition). After receiving this inside information, the agents would monitor the moonshiners and their property with the hopes of raiding the still sites when the moonshiners returned to distill. The stills found during a raid would then be destroyed using axes or sticks of dynamite. If a moonshiner ran, the agents would chase them down, but most of the time, the men caught red-handed would give up without a fight; violence was a rare result for moonshine raids at the time. 


Instead, moonshiners would adapt their distilling techniques to avoid capture, running thin pieces of thread across pathways to detect if their sites had been visited without them knowing or building underground stills that weren’t easily discovered. A famous example of this occurred in the late 1970s in Franklin County, where a moonshiner bulldozed a massive hole into a field, built an underground room with a sod-covered roof, placed cinder block “headstones” on top, and created a fake cemetery that they regularly mowed and placed flowers throughout. The still was discovered in 1979, by which time revenue agents estimated that it had run for several years before being discovered.


Running From the Law: Moonshiners & NASCAR

Some revenue agents opted to chase down moonshiners during transport rather than stake out their still locations. Most moonshine journeys from still to buyer would go smoothly, but occasionally, if agents were tipped off to the trip, they might set up roadblocks or wait along the planned route for the moonshine runner to pass by. Two-way radios had not yet been invented, so evading capture was still possible for moonshiners with fast vehicles who knew the winding country roads along their route. Skilled bootleg drivers were known to use a “bootleg turn”, where they would spin the car into a 180-degree skid to shake pursuers. 

Popular culture has long associated moonshine running with NASCAR auto racing, but in reality, very few moonshine drivers from the Blue Ridge were involved with organized racing. Instead, the connection lay in the local garages, where mechanics used their skills to modify engines to increase speeds and suspensions to ensure better handling on the roads. These skills translated easily to the world of NASCAR, where speed and balance were two of the most important factors of racing.

CN20021306V_031NASCAR might not have acquired many drivers from Virginia’s illegal moonshine trade, but one such driver who did come from this background was Wendell Oliver Scott, an African-American racer from Danville’s “Crooktown” section. Scott began his driving career as a taxi driver, but would also use his skills as a fearless driver and a knowledgeable mechanic to haul illegal whiskey, which would help him become the first and only black driver to win a major-league NASCAR race. The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, located in Richmond, has a hands-on exhibit for all ages that tells the story of Wendell Oliver Scott and his significant contributions to NASCAR. 


National Headlines: Franklin County’s Conspiracy Trial of 1935

Illegal moonshine was made in secret stills throughout the United States, but the mountain towns of southern Virginia were thrust into the national spotlight with the Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935. Although Prohibition was no longer in effect, illegal moonshine was still a thriving industry, as moonshiners went to great lengths to avoid paying taxes on their products. Some government officials in Franklin County accepted bribes to look the other way and protect bootleggers from other lawmen and moonshine distillers; even the Sheriff of Franklin was in on the racket, overseeing a complex bribery system for the biggest moonshine producers in the region. 

Using the tax rate instituted in 1920, moonshiners in Franklin County would have generated $5.5 million in taxes between 1930-1935 if they had legally sold their products. During this same time period, more than 1 million five-gallon cans (used for storing whiskey) were purchased in the county and 37 tons of yeast were ordered (nine times that of the capital city of Richmond). These details and the lack of tax revenue caught the attention of lawmen on a national level, and a federal investigation began.

The trial would pitch Franklin County into complete chaos, with threats, jury tampering, and the murder of a key witness, along with a uninvolved bystander, happening during the proceedings. Two men connected to the illegal liquor trade in West Virginia would be charged and convicted of the murders, but another witness perished under suspicious medical causes during the trial, casting doubt on whether the trial could possibly end with a successful outcome. 

The tense trial was the longest in Virginia’s history, and the dramatics of the case consistently kept it on the front page of newspapers, not only in Virginia but in papers around the country. Local moonshining legends kept the attention of readers, who loved tales of individuals like Mrs. Willie Carter Sharpe, who was known as the “queen of Roanoke rum runners.”

Eventually, 34 people would be indicted in the case, including 19 bootleggers, one corporation, and nine government employees, but when the trial finally drew to a close, the resulting convictions and punishments were surprisingly light for the crimes; jail sentences were two years or less, fines were shockingly low, and thirteen of the 34 would only receive probation. Almost 85 years later, many people in Franklin County still have strong opinions on the case and the men who were charged. And an air of mystery continues to surround the case, as part of the trial records “disappeared” from the Franklin County Courthouse files.


Moonshine in Virginia Today

Virginia’s moonshine history runs deep, so it’s no surprise that the mountain region of Virginia still has plenty to offer when it comes to distilled spirits. Head to the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum in Franklin County to learn more about moonshine heritage and the distilling practices passed down over multiple generations. 

Musicians within the region write songs about homemade “hooch”, stills have been repurposed into art exhibits, and you’ll find merchandise emblazoned with the “Moonshine Capital of the World” logo in stores throughout Virginia’s Mountain region. Franklin County hosts an annual Moonshine Festival to commemorate the history and cultural aspects of moonshine. 

If you want to sample authentic Virginia moonshine in its legal form, visit Franklin County Distilleries, the first legal distillery founded in Franklin County. The distillery is in the small town of Boones Mill, famous for being home to the Bondurant brother’s store during Prohibition, where the bootlegging brothers and their associates would transfer moonshine for national distribution. Another moonshine distillery in the area is Twin Creeks Distillery, where you can sample moonshine, fruit brandies, and “White Whiskey”, the distillery’s pure, unaged corn liquors available in 90- and 100-proof.SS19071202V_583Finally, if you’re visiting Southern Virginia, plan a stop at Bondurant Brothers Distillery in Mecklenburg County, run by one of the grandsons of the legendary Bondurant brothers. The cold mash moonshine produced at this distillery is a neutral spirit that makes for a perfectly balanced cocktail

Looking to sample moonshine in other parts of Virginia? There are distilleries in almost every region of the Commonwealth making legal moonshine, allowing you to get an authentic taste of Virginia’s moonshine history during your visit!


Want to know more about Virginia’s lesser-known history? Check out our articles about Virginia Beach & the Historic Cavalier Hotel or Airlie & the Origins of Earth Day, and stay tuned for more But Did You Know… history articles to learn about some of Virginia’s most amazing untold stories

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Patriotic Places for your Next Military Tour or Reunion

Patriotic Places for your Next Military Tour or Reunion

With its proximity to Washington DC and including a large number of bases and government installations, Virginia is the perfect destination for your military reunion or military themed tour – no matter your branch of service.  One-of-a-kind attractions such as the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the Naval Station Norfolk, the Battleship Wisconsin, the National D-Day Memorial, the Airforce Memorial and the National Museum of the U. S. Army will set the stage for your group with unforgettable tours, events and programs.  Almost every part of Virginia has a military story to tell.  Plan now for a future trip and customize your itinerary with these memorable attractions.



The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William County tells a chronological story from the founding of the Marine Corps in Colonial America all the way to 911 and present-day conflicts.  New galleries opening soon as a part of the museum’s Final Phase will focus on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Admission to the museum and parking is FREE. The Medal of Honor Theater provides an extra option for groups showing their signature film We. The Marines.  In addition to the Marine Corps Museum groups with military affiliation can also request a tour of the base itself including Marine Squadron One and the FBI Academy.



Naval Station Norfolk, Nauticus Museum and the Battleship Wisconsin in the Coastal Region highlight a proud Navy Heritage in the Commonwealth.  In Norfolk your group can tour the world’s largest Naval Complex and get an up-close and person look at the Atlantic Fleet.  If your visit to the region is during the Spring you may time it right to catch the Virginia International Tattoo – a 120 minute performance representing eight to ten different countries and all five branches of the United States Military.



The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is a moving tribute to the over 4,400 soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the famous Allied invasion of 1944.   During your guided walking tour your group will learn about the Bedford Boys and other Military contributions and strategy employed during D-Day.  This site is ranked as TripAdvisor’s #1 Attraction in Virginia!



In Northern Virginia, close to Washington DC a NEW military attraction is set to open in 2020.  The National Museum of the U. S. Army is coming soon to Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County.  It is the first and only museum to tell the 244 year old history of the U.S. Army.  Also in Northern Virginia are the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Air Force Memorial, both with great views of our Nation’s Capital and in close proximity to Arlington National Cemetery.



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Supporting Virginia’s Watermen: Order Virginia Oysters for Delivery & Pickup

Supporting Virginia’s Watermen: Order Virginia Oysters for Delivery & Pickup


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While you may not currently be able to enjoy Virginia’s oysters at a nearby restaurant, you can still host an oyster roast right in your own backyard by ordering a bushel or two to be shipped directly to your home! Whether you like the brinier bivalves raised along the Atlantic shores or the buttery, creamy taste of the Rappahannock River oysters, these Virginia oyster companies will bring your favorites to your front door, allowing you to feast on some of the Commonwealth’s most delectable seafood. 


*If oysters are refrigerated immediately, they can stay fresh for up to ten days, so be sure to order 1-2 days before your planned event to ensure they arrive in time. 


Rappahannock Oyster Company, Topping

Online ordering & delivery. Shipments will be sent out Monday-Thursday each week. Sold in quantities of 25, 50, 75, & 100 oysters. Rappahannock Oyster Company oysters are also available through curbside pickup at Cardinal Point Winery on Saturdays 11am-5:30pm.

Oysters Available:

  • Rappahannock River Oysters (Sweet)
  • Rochambeau Oysters (Mild)
  • Olde Salt Oysters (Briny)


Deltaville Oyster Company, Deltaville

Email to place an order, or call 804-357-1931. Pickup also available in Deltaville and Richmond during select days. 

Oysters Available:

  • Deltaville Oyster Company Oysters (Sweet and buttery with medium saltiness and a rich, clean finish)


Chesapeake Bay Oyster Company, Wake

Online ordering for pickup or delivery in Middlesex and Lancaster Counties only. Sold in quantities of 25, 50, 100, & 200 oysters.

Oysters Available:

  • Parrot Island Oysters (Mildly salty, slightly sweet)


White Stone Oyster Company, White Stone

Overnight delivery available nationwide; also offer raw bar kits with hot sauce. Sold in quantities of 25, 50, 100, 150, & 200 oysters.

Oysters Available:

  • White Stone Oysters (Slightly sweet/mild salt finish)


Cherrystone Aqua Farms, Cape Charles

Online orders with overnight delivery Monday-Thursday. Sold in quantities of 25, 50, or 100 oysters.

Oysters Available:

  • Chunus (Briny, slightly sweet finish)
  • Watch House Points (Briny)
  • Misty Points (Briny, slightly sweet finish)
  • Chincoteague Salts (Very briny)
  • Little Bitches (Medium salinity)


Chessie Seafood & Aquafarms, Wicomico

Email or call 804-815-7982 to place an order.

Oysters Available:

  • York River Oysters (Moderately salty with a sweet finish)


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Lambert Shellfish, Machipongo

Online ordering for quantities of 100+ oysters. Curbside pickup, shipped, or local delivery for Virginia Beach, Norfolk, & Virginia’s Eastern Shore. 

Oysters Available:

  • Loving Cups (Medium salinity, buttery finish)


Little Wicomico Oyster Company, Heathsville

Pickup and shipping available, express shipping to North Carolina, New York, & New Jersey. Sold in quantities of 50.

Oysters Available:

  • Blackberry Oysters (Sweet with mid-range salinity)
  • Peachtree Oysters (Clean, sweet profile with mid-range salinity)
  • Rock Hole Oysters (Clean, sweet profile with mid-range salinity)
  • Smith Point Oysters (High salinity)
  • Wicomico Select Oysters (Meaty oyster with slight hint of saltiness)
  • Wicomico’s Finest Oysters (Meaty oyster with slight hint of saltiness)


Chapel Creek Oyster Company, Cobbs Creek

Available to purchase as part of the takeout menu at the Boathouse Restaurant locations in quantities of 25 oysters. Also deliver to Richmond and Chesterfield County on Thursdays; call or text 804-815-6132 or email trey@shuckum.com to place an order.

Oysters Available:

  • Chapel Creek Oyster (Mid-salinity oyster with a great balance of salt and buttery taste)
  • Boathouse West Oysters (Light salt, distinguished cream with a defined minerality)


Rogue Oysters, Lancaster

Pickup at Lancaster oyster farm or pop-up store locations in Virginia Beach and Northern Virginia on May 2; available to purchase by the dozen or by the 100-count. 

Oysters Available:

  • Roaster Oysters (Buttery with a hint of salt, approximately 4” oysters)
  • Shucker Oysters(Buttery with a hint of salt, approximately 3” oysters)


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Tangier Island Oyster Company, Tangier

Purchase at Wegman’s grocery stores throughout Virginia. Can also order by filling out the online form for a quote or contacting Tim Hickey at 312-399-7999 to place an order.

Oysters Available:

  • Tangiers (Balance of salt and sweet, with a savory butter/cream finish)


Tom’s Cove Aquafarms, Chincoteague Island

Orders available to ship; call 757-336-1945 to place an order.

Oysters Available

  • Chincoteague “Salt” Oysters (Very briny)


Big Island Aquaculture, Hayes

Pre-order pickup and delivery available to select Virginia regions, including Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, and Virginia Beach, text 757-344-8554, order through the Facebook page, or email bigislandaquaculture@gmail.com to place your order. You can also find information on delivery locations and times on the Facebook page. 

Oysters Available:

  • Big Island Pearl Oysters (Balance of briny and buttery, leading to a sweet finish)
  • Pocahontas Secret (Balance of briny and buttery, leading to a sweet finish)
  • Powhatans Power (Balance of briny and buttery, leading to a sweet finish)


Anderson’s Neck Oyster Company, Shacklefords

Shipping available of oysters, raw seafood buffet kits, shucker gift packs, and discounted bundles; bundled purchases cost less for shipping. Purchase by the dozen, or get discounted large bags of 50 and bulk orders of 100s up to 1,000 oysters.  

Oysters Available:

  • Eagle Flats (Buttery balance between savory and sweet)


Lynnhaven River Oyster Company, Virginia Beach

Place orders by texting 757-406-0606, pickup or delivery available to select areas; shipping available throughout Virginia and to select states. 

Oysters Available:

  • Lynnhaven Selects (Very salty with a melon finish)


Shooting Point Oyster Company, Nassawaddox

Call 757-693-1303 in advance to place an order; oysters will available for pickup at the packing facility. 

Oysters Available:

  • Shooting Point Salts (Briny, slightly sweet plump oysters)
  • Bullseye Oysters (Balanced sweet flavor with a semi-firm, plump texture and clean finish)
  • Arrowhead Petite Oysters (Smaller oyster, balance of briny and buttery)
  • Church Creek Corks (Less briny, hint of seagrass in the finish)



Sapidus Farms Oysters, Wicomico Church

Local pickup and delivery available to select parts of Northern Virginia; sold in 25, 50, 75, 100, and 125-count bags.

Oysters Available:

  • Happy Oysters (Mildly briny with rich cream/butter flavors)



Ready to get shucking? Learn more about Virginia oysters and which wines to pair them with! 


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BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY: 30th Anniversary Edition

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY: 30th Anniversary Edition

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY is a fantastic fusion of the world’s most beloved classic Warner. Bros. Looney Tunes projected on the big screen, while their classical music-infused original scores are played live onstage by the Richmond Symphony.  Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner and the rest of the gang cavort onscreen to the exhilarating original music of Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, as inspired by Wagner, Rossini, J. Strauss, Liszt, Smetana, von Suppé, Mendelssohn, Ponchielli, and Donizetti. The concert includes iconic classics like What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Baton Bunny, Rhapsody Rabbit, Long-Haired Hare, Corny Concerto, and much more, plus brand new additions Dynamite Dance, Wet Cement, Fur of Flying, Rabid Rider, and Coyote Falls. This critically-acclaimed “cine-concert” has sold out with the world’s greatest orchestras for three decades, and is celebrating with this new 30th Anniversary Edition . . . which also celebrates Bugs Bunny’s 80th Birthday in this concert! Conducted by George Daugherty, and created by George Daugherty & David Ka Lik Wong.

LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s20)

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Virtual Activities & Things to Do in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Virtual Activities & Things to Do in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

During this time of COVID-19 and Virginia’s stay-at-home orders, Virginia’s Blue Ridge is exploring virtual spaces and new ways of connecting and learning. Check out the creative ways the museums, attractions, and art galleries of Virginia’s Blue Ridge are educating and entertaining their followers.

Give them a glance, dig deeper into what interests you, and if you’re able, consider supporting them by purchasing gift certificates or passes for future use.


Blue Ridge Institute & Museum | Ferrum

A favorite go-to for school groups and homeschoolers, the working 1800s Blue Ridge farm and homestead depicts the way of life for families in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, complete with blacksmithing, butter churning, animal driving, and more. Additionally, the museum hosts a collection of mountain living artifacts like quilts, music, baskets, and pottery. In fact, it’s The State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore per the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1986.

While you can’t visit right now, you can certainly whet your appetite with a perusal of their Online Exhibits, including the enticing moonshine collection.

Moonshine – Blue Ridge Style >>
Full Throttle: Racing & Rodding in Southwest Virginia >>
Earthenware Potters Along the Great Road in Virginia & Tennessee >>


Center in the Square | Roanoke

Normally, Center in the Square serves as a hub of arts & culture in downtown Roanoke and houses multiple museums and performing arts organizations. It’s known for providing fun, entertainment & education, and is a popular spot for school field trips. As a way to continue to carry out its mission, Center in the Square is offering the opportunity for children to enjoy some virtual field trips through a series of videos.

Get Schooled at Home Virtual Field Trips >


Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University | Roanoke

Regional and emerging artists share exhibit space with renowned artists in the galleries of the Wilson Museum. Typically the museum hosts rotating exhibits with special programming, but while we’re living in this “new normal” for a while, virtual explorations will have to do.

Women Working with Clay: Ten Years of Telling the Story is a new publication featuring page after page of art by more than 50 female artists.
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum – Virtual Publications >>

Unveiling the Past: Reckoning with Our History of Enslavement at Hollins is a virtual exhibit available April 9-26, 2020. The exhibit gives “a forum to those who were not given a voice, name, space, or attention in the past.”
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum – Current Exhibitions >>

Franklin County Moonshine Heritage

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Numerous April events had been originally scheduled as part of Franklin County’s celebration of Moonshine Heritage Month. As an alternative, the Franklin County Moonshine Heritage Facebook page is offering virtual experiences by sharing stories of how it became known as “The Wettest County in the World.”
Franklin County Moonshine Heritage Facebook Page >


Glazed Bisque-It | Roanoke

Usually Glazed Bisque-It is a place to unwind and create something amazing with your own hands. In this time of social distancing, you now have the chance to take your pottery to go. Make your selection(s) and the staff will prepare a bag of supplies for you to pick up curbside. When you’ve put the finishing touches on your piece(s), simply bring everything back for glazing and firing.
Call (540) 985-4567 to order your Pottery To Go Kit >>


History Museum of Western Virginia & O. Winston Link Museum | Roanoke

A visit to the History Museum of Western Virginia is also a chance to explore the renowned black and white images of O. Winston Link in the O. Winston Link Museum. The two share space and jointly share history of Roanoke and Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Searching the online collections database is easy. Choose to search by keyword or dig deeper with an advanced search. Personally, we found the Random Images button the way to go.

Digital Collections >>


Kids Square Children’s Museum | Roanoke

We know you’re longing for the day when you can unleash your kiddo into the fun world of The Don and Barbara Smith Children’s Museum of Western Virginia. Us too. For now, we’ll pull up their Facebook page and let the kids watch their live activity videos; check them out.

To get hands on with something fun, request a Kits for Kids goodie packet. For just $10 you’ll get a kit of make-your-own projects and experiments. Curbside pick-up only.

Facebook Live Activity Videos >>
Kits for Kids >>


Mill Mountain Zoo | Roanoke

Zoos are currently closed, but that doesn’t mean the animals can’t still educate and entertain from afar. Tune in to the Mill Mountain Zoo Education Ambassador Animal videos to learn about the residents of the zoo. Additionally, grade level educational packets are available for you to download and print at home. Pre-K through 8th grade are included.

If you’re in the position to help support the zoo during this time, you can “adopt” an animal. Mill Mountain Zoo will send you an adoption certificate with a photo of your animal, its story, and facts about its species. The more you’re able to pledge, the more goodies you’ll receive. Adopting a Florida Sandhill Crane in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is not something you’d think would be possible, huh?

Education Ambassador Animal Videos >>
Educational Packets for Kids >>
Adopt an Animal >>
VBR Coloring Sheet – Mill Mountain Zoo >>


National D-Day Memorial | Bedford


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We’re currently living through a moment that will be recorded in world annals, which might give us pause to consider and remember other moments of history we might have missed or forgotten.

The National D-Day Memorial is a somber place that is best experienced in person, and we encourage you to do so when the time is right. Its presence in Bedford is both an honor and a tragedy, as the Memorial was erected in the community that suffered the most losses on D-Day (June 6, 1944) per capita. The Bedford Boys are heroes.

Until we recover and can freely explore, we encourage you to pull up the virtual educational resources of the Memorial to get a head start on the story you’ll encounter. The lesson plans and activities were initially to be used in conjunction with classroom instruction about World War II and D-Day, specifically, but perhaps we should all be life-long learners. Take a glance through the links and then scroll to the bottom where you’ll find a black button to access LIVE virtual programs and recordings, as well as view previous recordings.

Education Resources >>
Virtual Programs and Recordings >>
World War 2 History at the National D-Day Memorial >>


Olin Hall Galleries at Roanoke College | Salem

The Olin Hall Galleries at Roanoke College are showcasing a variety of workshops, artist talks, and studio visits through its social media channels as part of its Curator Off Duty program. You can also visit the 2020 Studio Art Virtual Exhibition online, which features a beautiful collection of paintings, photography, and mixed media pieces.

2020 Studio Virtual Art Exhibition >>
Olin Hall Galleries Instagram >>

Roanoke Children’s Theatre | Roanoke

Roanoke Children’s Theatre will soon be Virginia Children’s Theatre, and they’re currently showing off their acting skills (and other skills) through their Facebook page. For example, bread was whipped up and baked as the culmination of a week of “The Little Red Hen.” Have your kiddos watch and follow along, as they promise to do the homeschooling for you. We’re totally game for that!

Facebook Activity Videos >>


Roanoke Star | Roanoke


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The Roanoke Star is a treasured icon of Roanoke, glowing bright from atop Mill Mountain. Sometimes the star’s colors change, but that’s infrequent. However, unprecedented times call for a shift in protocol. On April 15, the star was lit blue and white as a way to honor “healthcare workers, fire, EMS personnel and all the people who perform essential services we depend upon including store clerks, mechanics and sanitation workers,” said Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea. The star remained blue and white through Sunday, April 19, 2020.

While we don’t recommend you visit the Roanoke Star during this time, we do encourage you to take a peek at the valley below via the StarCam.

View from the STARCAM >>
History of the Roanoke Star and Light Changes >>

Roanoke STARCADE | Roanoke

A rather new addition to Center in the Square is the Roanoke STARCADE, an arcade with both classic and new games. Its proximity to the Roanoke Pinball Museum makes it a great two-for-one trip enticing to families and game lovers.

While it may be a bit before you can engage those games, you can certainly check out their livestream gaming through their Facebook page. Watching other people play a game can be a yawn for us more mature folks, but for “the zoomers” (aka Gen Z), it’s all the rage. Show ‘em!

STARCADE Facebook Live Videos >>

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra | Roanoke

A night out to listen to the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra is something we relish around here. Alas, it’s on hold. But fear not! The musicians of the RSO have gotten quite creative for our benefit. Take a look at their orchestra lessons and pair them with the corresponding Spotify playlists for a homeschool/distance/virtual learning segment on Fine Arts.

The lessons include introductions to well-loved pieces and encourages discussion about how the music makes you feel. Plus, there is something for everyone. In the first lesson alone, “The Thrill of the Orchestra,” we’re invited to learn about and listen to the theme from Star Wars, the theme from Apollo 13, and one of my all-time favorites, “Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst.

Virtual Lessons & Educational Resources >>
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Spotify Channel >>

Salem Museum & Historical Society | Salem

The Salem Museum is a repository for all things of historical significance as it relates to Salem, Virginia. You’ll be surprised by what you’ll learn. For example, were you aware that “the world’s fastest rollercoaster” was located in Salem? Some say it’s true. See what else you didn’t know when you check out their online collections and take advantage of their Visits by Video, including “White Glove Wednesdays” and “Around Town” with corresponding activities.

Online Collections >>
Visits by Video >>

Salem Red Sox | Salem

How can “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” not bring a tear to your eye right about now? We’re missing our Salem Red Sox and the atmosphere of Salem Memorial Ballpark, but we’re glad to see Sox staff – and Mugsy, of course – reading aloud on Facebook.

Reading with the Red Sox Storytime >>
VBR Coloring Sheet – Salem Red Sox >>


Science Museum of Western Virginia | Roanoke

Long before Coronavirus, cabin fever was a real thing. We usually experienced it during the winter when the odds were good that we’d be snowed in at some point. Some of us are sort of suspended in a prolonged period of cabin fever these days, aren’t we? Let’s beat it with the help of the Science Museum of Western Virginia, a go-to for school groups and home to some of our favorite exhibits. Check out their Cabin Fever Clips as well as their other videos, because you never know what’s in store. Beware of “Rosie cleaning her fangs” however. shiver

Cabin Fever Clips >>

The Stone House – Black Dog Salvage | Roanoke

Add this to your post-COVID-19 to-do list! The Stone House is a 1911 home built by Michael Grosso, a stone mason, and lovingly updated and restored by our famous “as seen on TV” guys at Black Dog Salvage. The home sleeps six and has the sweetest architectural details, nooks, and special spaces, and it’s conveniently located adjacent to the Roanoke River Greenway. Take a look at their virtual tour and then plan to book it for a future getaway.

The Stone House Virtual Tour >>
Black Dog Salvage & Salvage Dawgs >>

Taubman Museum of Art | Roanoke


One of our favorite places to wander is the Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke. You’ll recognize it by its sweeping silver roofline (featured at the top of this post). Rotating and permanent exhibit space keep things fresh and new, plus children have their own art exploration center. It’s truly a family art destination. Until you can get there, however, dive into their virtual classes and tours. It’s art appreciation and education from the comfort of home.

Virtual Classes & Tours >>


Virginia Museum of Transportation | Roanoke

There’s no other place to be if you’re a lover of trains, planes, and automobiles. That being said, you can’t very well “be” there right now. The most popular exhibits at VMT are the steam, diesel, and electric locomotives. There are more than 50 objects that magnify the rail history of Virginia and you can “see” many of them online. Peruse the collections to discover more types of transportation housed at the VMT and learn a bit of history about each.

Online Collections >>
Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region Rail Cam >>
VBR Coloring Sheet – Virginia Museum of Transportation >>



When we work together to uncover new ways of exploration and virtual travel, we soon realize there are more ways to connect, grow, learn, and experience than we may have been aware. Through this we become inventors, deeper thinkers, and visionaries with new ideas. Virginia’s Blue Ridge is worth the wait and we’ll be right here for you when the time is right.


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Virginia’s Farmers Markets: How to Get Fresh Produce, Meats, & More While Social Distancing

Virginia’s Farmers Markets: How to Get Fresh Produce, Meats, & More While Social Distancing

If you’re like us, you probably look forward to spring and the reopening of Virginia farmers markets where you can peruse fresh produce, flowers, and locally-made wares. But with social distancing rules in place due to COVID-19, farmers markets have had to adjust to follow the current guidelines. However, you can still support your local Virginia farmers markets during this time, as many have shifted to online sales, curbside pick-up, and even delivery services. Shop at these farmers markets and regional farm stores to support small businesses and help Virginia’s farmers make it through this difficult time.




Arlington Farmers Market, Arlington

Hours: Pickup and delivery options vary by vendor

Check the website for more details on individual vendors. 


Pike Park Farmers Market, Arlington

Hours: Order Online Wednesday-Friday, pick-up Sundays, 9-11am

Pre-order your favorite market products online for quick pick-up.


Westover Farmers Market, Arlington

Hours: Sundays April 19 & 26, 9am-1pm; market hours change beginning May 3 to 8am-12pm

Pre-order your favorite market products online for quick pick-up.


Oakton Farmers Market, Oakton

Hours: Saturdays 9am-1pm

Pre-order through vendors on the website; some offer delivery in addition to pick-up.


Mosaic Market, Fairfax

Hours: Sundays 9am-2pm

Pre-order through vendors on the website; some offer delivery in addition to pick-up.


Old Town Farmers’ Market, Alexandria

Hours: Saturdays 7am-12pm

Open for pre-order pick-up; find a list of participating vendors offering pick-up and their instructions on the website. Some non-food vendors offer delivery instead of curbside pick-up. 


Del Ray Farmers’ Market, Alexandria

Hours: Saturdays 8am-12pm

Open for pre-order pick-up; find a list of participating vendors offering pick-up and their instructions on the website.


Old Town North Farmers’ Market, Alexandria

Hours: Thursdays 3-7pm

Open for pre-order pick-up; find a list of participating vendors offering pick-up and their instructions on the website.


Four Mile Run Farmers’ & Artisans Market, Alexandria

Hours: Sundays 9am-1pm 

Open for pre-order pick-up; find a list of participating vendors offering pick-up and their instructions on the website.


Spotsylvania Farmers Market, Spotsylvania

Hours: Saturdays 8am-1pm

Vendors are encouraging pre-ordering products whenever possible; find more information on the farmers market restrictions on the website.


Long Sunday Market, Stafford  

Hours: Sundays 9am-12pm

Drive-thru pickup of pre-ordered products; find a list of current vendors on the website.


Hurkamp Park Farmers Market, Fredericksburg

Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 7am-3pm

Pre-ordering products through vendors is encouraged; for the full list of vendors, visit the Facebook page.


Bowling Green Farmers Market, Bowling Green

Hours: Saturdays 9am-1pm

Open for pre-orders, pick-up, online orders, and curbside delivery; no vendor browsing at the farmers market, check the Facebook page for a current list of vendors.


Route 639 Farmers Market, Ruther Glen 

Hours: Beginning May 7, Thursdays 4-6pm

Pre-orders, on-site orders, and limited pick-up available; no vendor browsing at the farmers market, check Facebook for a list of current vendors. 


Mount Olympus Berry Farm, Ruther Glen

Hours: Daily 9am-6pm


Pre-order, curbside pick-up, and pick-your-own available. Shopping in the Harvest Market store is allowed but social distancing rules in place.


Buster’s Market Stand, Ladysmith

Hours: Thursdays & Saturdays, select hours

Open with social distancing restrictions in place; check Facebook for a current list of products and daily hours.


Charity Hills Farms & Beef, Ruther Glen

Hours: Contact for hours

Pre-order curbside pick-up available for locally raised beef; contact via Facebook or call 540-848-5456 to order.


M.S. Terrell & Sons Grain & Beef, Ruther Glen

Hours: Contact for hours

Pre-ordered pick-up available for grain and beef; check the Facebook page for a current list of products.


Swallow Hill Farm, Woodford

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and weekends 11am-5pm

Order online for curbside pick-up or shop at the farm store with social distancing restrictions in place; offering grass-fed beef, lamb, pork, free-range chicken, and honey.


Warrenton Farmers Market, Warrenton

Hours: Beginning April 18, Saturdays 8am-12pm

Drive-thru market in the parking lots of Old Town Warrenton. Pre-orders are strongly encouraged, which can be made by contacting one of the vendors.




Photo Credit: Bill Crabtree, Jr.

Old Beach Farmers Market, Virginia Beach

Hours: Saturdays 9am-12pm

Drive-thru pick-up for pre-orders, but also offer home delivery for Virginia Beach; located behind Croc’s 19th Street Bistro at the Oceanfront, check Facebook for a current list of vendors.


King’s Grant Farmers Market, Virginia Beach

Hours: Beginning May 7, Thursdays 4-7pm

Drive-thru pick-up for pre-orders; check Facebook for a list of current vendors. 


Farmer John’s Market, Virginia Beach

Hours: Friday-Sunday during select hours

Farm and retail store offering locally grown produce, seeds, bedding plants, and more.  Online ordering with curbside pickup as well as delivery.


Williamsburg Farmers Market, Williamsburg

Hours: Orders placed between Friday, April 10 – Tuesday, April 14 will be delivered Friday, April 17

Order online with free delivery to City of Williamsburg/James City County residents and pickup for those who are not residents. The market has 28 different vendors with products available to purchase including meat, cheese, dairy, honey, produce, prepared food, and more.


Smithfield Farmers Market, Smithfield

Hours: Pick-up and delivery available, hours vary depending on vendor

Check the current Facebook event page for a list of current vendors participating in online orders.


Carrollton Farmers Market, Carrollton

Hours: Pick-up and delivery available, hours vary depending on vendor

Check the website for a list of current vendors participating in online orders.


The Harvest Market at O’Connor Brewing Company, Norfolk

Hours: Sundays 12-2pm until further notice

Drive-thru pickup of pre-ordered products. Find a current list of vendors offering pre-order pickup on the website.


East Beach Farmers Market, Norfolk

Hours: Sundays 9-11am until further notice

Drive-thru pickup of pre-ordered products. Find a current list of vendors offering pre-order pickup on the website.


Westside Produce and Provisions, Norfolk

Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 12-5pm

Call ahead or email orders for curbside pick-up. Find a list of products and current vendors on the website.


Yorktown Market Days, Yorktown

Hours: Saturdays 8-11am

Drive-thru market held at the McReynolds Athletic Complex, offering fresh produce, grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, fresh seafood, soaps and hand sanitizers, baked goods, and more. A list of current vendors will be posted the Monday before each market on the Facebook page; all products, pricing, and payments are coordinated by individual vendors through their websites, social media accounts, emails, and phone calls/texts. The market is cashless, for pickups only, and customers are reminded to please stay in their vehicles.


Colonial Beach Farmers Market, Colonial Beach

Hours: Thursdays 9:30-11am

Drive-thru ordering and pick-up is located in the parking lot of Rankin’s Hardware Colonial Beach. Offering fresh local produce currently in season from Reyes Farm and Leslie’s Garden, including eggs, asparagus, kale, spinach, radishes, arugula, and plants and flowers. Additional produce and vendors added as the season progresses. Pick-up boxes available starting in May. 


Whiteravens Nest, Chincoteague Island

Hours: 10am-5pm daily


Offer pick-up of fresh local produce, meats, baked goods, and dairy products, as well as delivery within Chincoteague Island and at the Wallops Royal Farms every evening at 5:30pm.


Onancock Market, Onancock

Hours: Saturdays 9am-12pm

Curbside pickup of pre-ordered products; find a list of current vendors offering pre-order pickup on the website.


Perennial Roots: Biodynamic Farm & Garden, Accomac

Hours: Contact for delivery and pickup hours

Pre-order pick-up and delivery available for grass fed lamb, vegetables, and more through a weekly subscription; call 757-709-8761 or check the website for further information.


Copper Cricket Farm, Machipongo

Hours: Contact for delivery and pickup hours

Offering vegetables, poultry, and eggs that are raised entirely pesticide and herbicide free.  Delivery for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscribers May through November. Pick up available daily.


Seafield Farm, Cape Charles

Hours: Saturdays 9-11am, delivery Saturdays 9am-12pm

Offering a variety of fresh vegetables for pick-up or delivery; check the website for a list of current products. 


Shine and Rise, Painter

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, select hours

Pick-up available of eggs, seedlings, vegetables, and more; check the Facebook page for more information.


Shockley Farms, Cape Charles

Hours: Daily from 9am-8pm

Pre-order pick-up, order by calling 757-331-1487 or email tpatseaview@aol.com. 


Whiteravens Nest, Chincoteague Island

Hours: Open daily, hours vary

Offering pick-up of fresh local eggs, pork, beef, chicken, seafood, organic fair-trade coffee, loose teas, and more. 


Shore Breeze, Cheriton

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Offering a variety of lettuces and herbs grown hydroponically for pick-up; call 757-350-9270 to order.


Picketts Harbor, Cape Charles

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Pick-up available for a variety of locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables.


Mattawoman Creek Farms Organic, Eastville

Hours: Contact for daily hours

Offering online ordering and pick-up daily for a wide variety of fresh organic produce; check website for current produce and call for current hours. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription only. 




Photo Credit: Bill Crabtree, Jr.

RVAg Farmers Markets

RVAg has six farmers markets in Central Virginia. Through the online marketplace, customers can order from dozens of local vendors, pay online, and then have pre-paid, pre-packaged products delivered to the market each week for a drive thru pick-up. 

Manakin Market, Goochland

Hours: Beginning May 2, Saturdays 9am-1pm

Goochland Farmers Market, Goochland

Hours: Beginning May 5, Tuesdays 3:30-7pm

Farmers Market at Urban Farmhouse, Midlothian

Hours: Beginning May 20, Wednesdays 3:30-7 pm

OnTheSquareVA Farmers Market, Richmond

Hours: Beginning May 1, Fridays 11am-1pm

Powhatan Village Farmers Market, Powhatan

Hours: Beginning May 7, Thursdays 3:30-7pm

Cartersville Farm & Art Market, Cumberland

Hours: Beginning May 2, Saturdays 9am-12pm


St. Stephen’s Farmers Market, Richmond

Hours: Saturdays 9am-12pm

Pre-order pick-up available, check the Facebook page for a list of current vendors. 


Lakeside Farmer’s Market, Richmond

Hours: Wednesdays 9am-12pm and Saturdays 9am-12pm

Pre-order pick-up available; check the Facebook page for a current list of vendors.


Ashland Farmers Market, Ashland 

Hours: Saturdays 9am-12pm

Drive-thru pickup of pre-ordered products; check the Facebook page for updates on current vendors.


Farm to Family Bus, Richmond

Hours: Hours vary

Home delivery available during select hours; check Facebook page for a list of products and current weekly hours. is doing home delivery


Charlottesville City Market To-Go, Charlottesville

Hours: Saturdays 8am-12pm

Drive-thru pick-up for products pre-ordered, purchase between Mondays 12am and Thursdays 10am; must select a 30-minute time slot for pick-up, find a list of current vendors on the website.


Farmers Market at IX Art Park, Charlottesville

Hours: Saturdays

Order fresh produce, plants for spring gardens, and prepared foods for takeaway on the website; many vendors are also offering online ordering. 


Mineral Farmer’s Market, Mineral

Hours: Beginning May 2, Saturdays 8am-1pm

Following Virginia government guidelines for social distancing and only allowing a select number of visitors into the farmers market at a time. Check website for current offerings. 


Nourish Louisa, Louisa

Hours: Order Monday 6:30pm-Wednesday 3pm for pickup Fridays 11am-5pm & Saturdays 10am-12pm

Online pre-order; onsite requests accommodated during pick-up times as inventory is available. Customers can find a list of currently available local meats, produce, baked goods, and more on the website.


Madison County Farmers’ Market, Madison

Hours: Saturdays 8am-12pm

Offers curbside pick-up, place your order with vendors by Thursday at 12pm.


Darnell’s Garden Patch, Orange

Hours: Open select hours daily

Local Farm Market offering seasonal produce, canned goods, vegetable and flowering plants. Curbside service and Drive-thru service available; check the Facebook Page for latest updates and products.


Southard’s Seafood, Orange

Hours: Fridays 12-5:30pm

Mobile fresh and frozen fish and seafood market that offers pre-ordered curbside pick-up off Route 20; check the Facebook page for a full menu and details for pick-up location. 


Carrington Farm, Orange

Hours: Fridays 12-5:30pm

Mobile Beef and Pork Market that offers pre-ordered pick-up at the same location as Southard’s Seafood; order via email from website or curbside service from Graze Steakhouse Restaurant, check Facebook for latest available products.


Colonial Heights Farmers Market, Colonial Heights

Hours: Saturdays 9am-12pm

Open for pick-up of pre-ordered products. Check the Facebook page for a list of current vendors.


River Street Market, Petersburg

Hours: Saturdays from 9-11am for pre-ordered pick-up

Pick-up available during regular farmers market hours, pre-order Sunday-Thursdays; check website for a list of available vendors.  



Photo Credit: Bill Crabtree, Jr.

Harrisonburg Farmers Market, Harrisonburg

Hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8am-1pm

Offers pre-ordering through the website and no-contact pick up in the market parking lot. There are at least 24 vendors which participate and which offer customers on-line ordering to be picked up on Market Day.


Dayton Market, Dayton

Hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am-5pm, Thursdays-Saturdays 9am-6pm

Curbside pickup available for select vendors, Call 540-879-3801 or visit the website for a list of participating vendors. 


Woods Edge Farm, Harrisonburg

Hours: Mondays-Fridays 10am-5pm & Saturdays 10am-3pm

Pickup available, call (540) 466-3622 or visit the Facebook page to order. 


Seasons Bounty Farm, Harrisonburg

Hours: By appointment only

Call 540-908-5399, email seasonsbountycsa@gmail.com, or visit the website to place an order for pickup.


Overlook Farm and Produce, Mt. Crawford

Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, & Saturdays 9am-5pm, Wednesdays-Fridays 9am-6pm

Offers curbside service for a wide variety of local produce. To order curbside call 540-421-6913 or visit the Facebook page. 


South Street Barn Market, Woodstock

Hours: Pick-up on Saturdays 8am-1pm; Delivery on Fridays

Drive-thru only, no walk-up pickup. However, you can purchase at the farmers market by filling out and submitting the form on-site, and vendors will deliver to your car. Product lists released on Wednesdays; now offering local delivery on Fridays.


Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, Waynesboro

Hours: Scheduled to open on May 16; check individual vendor websites for pickup hours and details

Online ordering; Pick-up at the pavilion at Constitution Park in downtown Waynesboro. Check the website for updates and a list of producers currently selling in the area.


Salem Farmers Market, Salem

Hours: Pick-up scheduled directly through the vendor

Pre-order with pick-up directly from vendors. Check the website for a list of participating vendors.


Forest Farmer’s Market, Forest

Hours: Saturdays 9-11am

Drive-thru pick-up of pre-ordered products; find a list of current vendors offering pre-order pickup on the website.


Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative, Nellysford

Hours: Starting May 2, Saturdays 9-11am

Pre-order directly through vendors for drive-thru pick-up; stay tuned to the Facebook page for a current list of participating vendors.


Farmers Market Now, Lexington

Hours: Order online 24/7, pick-up by appointment only

Check the website for a list of participating vendors, more added daily.


Rocky Mount Farmers Market, Rocky Mount

Hours: Pick-up available, hours vary depending on vendor

Pre-order and pick-up only; arranged directly through the vendors, which are listed on the website. 


Staunton Farmers’ Market, Staunton

Hours: Beginning April 18, Saturdays 8am-10am

Open for pre-order and pick-up directly through the vendors. Check the website for a weekly updated list of participating vendors.


Local Food Drive-Thru, Staunton

Hours: Pick-up at Newtown Baking Wednesdays and Fridays 4-6pm

Place orders online for nine local vendors, including Polyface Farms and Ballerino Creamery, Saturday mornings through Monday evenings.


Willow Grove Farm Market, Luray

Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10am-5pm

Message their Facebook page to place your order, open for curbside pickup only. Check for a list of available vendors, orders take about a day to fill.


Lynchburg Community Market, Lynchburg

Hours: Pick-up Saturdays 7am-2pm

Pre-order through individual vendors, listed on the market’s website; contact vendors directly to inquire about potential delivery options. Restaurants within the market are open for takeout only, Tuesday-Saturday 7am-1pm, call ahead to place orders. 



Independence Farmers Market, Independence 

Hours: Pick-up Fridays from 2-6pm

Order online between Friday 8pm-Wednesday 8pm and curbside pick-up the following Friday. 


Wytheville Farmers Market, Wytheville

Hours: Beginning May 2, Saturdays 8am-12pm

Offering drive-thru pickup of pre-ordered products as well as offering walk-up ordering with contactless pick-up. Visit the Facebook page for weekly updates on vendor offerings and pre-order forms.


Floyd Farmers Market, Floyd

Hours: Beginning May 2, Saturdays 9am-1pm

Purchase online and pick-up curbside at the market. Check their Facebook page for a list of vendors and online purchasing options, or contact the market manager at marketmanager@sustainfloyd.org.


Abingdon Farmers Market, Abingdon 

Hours: Saturdays 10am-12pm

Offering pre-orders through their Facebook page. Communicate directly with vendors, reserve your products, then pick-up at Berry Home Center in Abingdon. Some vendors are also offering delivery, with arrangement through the Facebook page.


Marion Curbside Farmers Market, Marion

Hours: Every Other Saturday 9am-12pm

Until regulations are lifted, customers are encouraged to place pre-orders with the individual vendors or with Market Manager Leslie Vanover at lvanover@marionva.org. Visit the Facebook page for more details.




Martinsville Uptown Farmers’ Market, Martinsville

Hours: Saturdays 8am-12pm, and beginning in June, Wednesdays & Saturdays 8am-12pm

Pre-sale only, order through vendors (list available on the farmers market Facebook page) and contact upon arrival at the market; products will be delivered to your vehicle.


Halifax Farmers Market, Halifax

Hours: Beginning April 25, Saturdays 8am-12pm

Drive-thru pickup available for participating vendors, which can be found on their Facebook page.


Downtown South Boston Farmers Market, South Boston

Hours: Saturdays 8am-12pm

Drive-thru pickup of pre-ordered products; a list of current vendors available on the Facebook page. 


All Good Things Farm Market, North Dinwiddie

Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 12-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, & Sundays 12-5pm

Open but abiding by social distancing rules, including limiting the number of people shopping at a time. Offers baked goods, jams & jellies, bedding plants, and fresh produce, including vegetables, berries, and fruit. 


Richlands Dairy & Creamery, Blackstone

Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays 11am-7pm

Curbside pick-up of ice cream, fresh eggs, and lunch and dinner entrees. Customers may call (434) 294-8259 to pre-order or place an order from your car upon arrival. Find the menu and a price list on the Facebook page. 



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