Join us for a special event at the Page Bond Gallery for the release of Colombia, Pictures and Stories by Sandy Fisher. Wine reception and booksigning. Tuesday, June 21, 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Please RSVP to email@example.com or 784-3131.
The book features photographs from Sandy’s time in Colombia while in the Peace Corps in the 1960s and afterwards. This year the Peace Corps celebrates their 50th anniversary.
Page Bond Gallery, 1625 West Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220 (804) 359-3633
The book will also be available for purchase at the Fountain Bookstore, 1312 East Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 788-1594
After months of blogging on various topics, it makes sense to revisit our roots, to redefine exactly what 35 Mile Drive is all about!
Truth be told, the 35 Mile Drive Association is many things. We are artists, musicians, restaurants, farmers, bed & breakfasts, wineries, tours, living history, historic sites, parks, river adventures, museums, realtors, gourmet food providers, hunt clubs, taxidermists, farmers markets, special events, publishers, designers, writers, photographers, landowners. The best thing about such a thing is we are a sum of our parts…offering a unique snapshot of the destinations, activities and culture that best represent Goochland County, Virginia.
We celebrate the hospitality and tourism industry in Goochland and promote our region as a getaway-for-the-day destination for the surrounding Richmond area.
Want to know more about our businesses and destinations? You can visit our website at www.35miledrive.com , subscribe to this blog, follow us on twitter @35miledrive and soon will be able to find us on facebook. We have logo decals available for purchase, details coming soon.
We have many artist friends who have embarked on a “painting-a-day.” We thought that sounded like a good challenge… so coming soon, we will be doing a “blog-a-week!” Each blog will feature one of our members. Be sure to check in regularly to see what’s new on the 35 Mile Drive!
What is 35 Mile Drive? Literally 35 Mile Drive is another name for River Road West, a scenic Virginia byway in the Richmond, Virginia area. The stretch of road in question runs 35 miles through Goochland County. Some highlights from the road….things to do, places to see, right in Richmond’s back yard.
Let’s start at the Henrico/Goochland county line and head west.
Tuckahoe Plantation- Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home. He attended the one roomed school house still there and open to visitors. Could it be that TJ’s appreciation for architecture and domes was inspired by the domed schoolhouse ceiling? Like many a historic property, Tuckahoe is believed to have a few supernatural residents. A popular destination for filmmakers, you could say that Tuckahoe is Goochland’s Little Hollywood. Today, Tuckahoe has a farmer’s market on Sunday afternoons during the summer, selling their grass-few beef, eggs and other seasonal items.
Mother Mary of the Church Abbey- Since 1994, it has been the home of fifteen monks living in the Benedictine tradition. It is also houses the Shroud of Turin Center, a workshop destination for scholars and the faithful. There is a gift shop with monk-made items like sweets, jams, honey, textiles and a bookshop. Also, it is home of Benedictine Academy and the Bobby Ross Field. Ross (class of ’55) is a famed football coach and inductee into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
Thistledown Alpacas- Goochland has a growing alpaca population. Several farms are open to the public.
Brookview Farm- A certified organic farm. 2007 Stewards of the Land, a national award by the American Farmland Trust! They sell their organic grass-fed beef through Lulu’s Local Food Co-op.
James River Work Center- The state farm. Home to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Greener Pastures Program. Rescued racehorses are given a second chance at life when their racing careers are over due to age, injury or performance. Horses are matched with offenders in a training program. Offenders graduate with a Groom Elite certification, giving them job skills to work in the horse industry. Many of the horses are available for adoption. It’s the only program of its kind in Virginia. Now home to 30 horses with 30 Groom Elite graduates! The TRF National President , Robin Williams, started the program and lives in Goochland.
You could say the state farm is Little Hollywood West. HBO’s John Adams was filmed here. Boston harbor and Braintree still sit waiting for a sequel perhaps on the Powhatan side.
Tanglewood Ordinary- A historic property family-dining Southern style! Fried chicken, anyone? Don’t miss their collection of Post magazines.
Tucker Park at Maiden’s Crossing- Goochland’s newest river park in development. Will be the site of a music ampitheater, birding platforms, trails, fields and primitive boat launch.
Brightly Bed & Breakfast- Historic B&B, one of only two in Goochland. Beautiful gardens.
Nadolski’s Butcher Shop- Specialty boutique butcher with locally sourced meats, specialty items, sausages, wine, beer and cheese. Home of many special events.
Goochland Courthouse- Built in 1826 by Cumberland builder Valentine Parrish and Dabney Cosby (a Staunton brickmason who had worked for Thomas Jefferson at UVA.) TJ’s influence is seen in the architectural details including the Tuscan portico, full Tuscan entablature, temple form and color scheme of red brick and white trim. Did you know, the brick wall was built around the complex to keep out wandering cattle!
White Hawk Music Cafe- Goochland’s musical metropolis! Combines music education (over 100 students in guitar, piano, voice, banjo, mandolin) with live performances and cafe food. A gathering spot with pickin’ parties every Thursday night, open mic on Tuesdays, and live music on the weekends.
Orapax- 700 acre hunting preserve for quail and pheasant. Customers come from over 39 states and six countries!!
Rapalee Taxidermy- Showroom open to the public, see dynamic mounts of over 100 animals from around the world.
Byrd Cellars Tasting Room- Sample wine from three local vineyards. Part of the 35 Mile Drive Wine Trail which includes Grayhaven Winery, Windsong Winery & Byrd Cellars.
Rassawek- Stunning property, home to the Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival May 21-22. Vineyard (Byrd Cellars) and village of reclaimed structures with historical value. Available for private rentals. Can see three counties and the James River corridor from the gazebo (formerly of 6th Street Marketplace!) Two restored log cabins, James Madison’s Montpelier greenhouse (now the wine tasting room,) music pavilion, ponds and trails. Named for the original Monacan Indian settlement along the river nearby.
In honor of the Kentucky Derby tomorrow….our twitter ticket treasure hunt is up and running! Go to the White Hawk Music Cafe in Goochland and look for Secretariat. Did you know Secretariat was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby in under 2 minutes? He still holds the track record today! Check out page 121 and you will see Big Red blazing across the finish line! You also might find the tickets you seek.
The Rassawek Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival is coming May 21-22! You won’t want to miss Goochland’s new festival. With six Virginia wineries (including host Byrd Cellars) on hand for tastings and tours, several music stages, kid’s activities, antique cars and farm equipment, steamboats, fishing rodeo, early homesteading demonstrations, arts and crafts, home-cooked food….there is truly something for everyone!!
Perhaps the biggest draw is the location itself. Perched high on a hill overlooking the James River, with views of Goochland, Fluvanna and Cumberland, Rassawek is home to a vineyard and a village of salvaged structures that create a beautiful rustic atmosphere unlike any other.
Leading up to the big event, 35 Mile Drive is giving away tickets via a Twitter treasure hunt. Follow us on Twitter @35miledrive and look for the clues as they are posted. Follow the clues to the hidden tickets ($40 value!) We are hiding these tickets all over Goochland…so stay tuned!
Tickets are $20 per adult (couples are $35) for admission to the Wine festival and Heritage show. Heritage show only is $10. So…put on your thinking cap!
If you live in central Virginia and are interested in balancing rural conservation and economic development, make plans to join the conversation TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 27 at the Centerville Firehouse in Manakin-Sabot.
Partnership for Smarter Growth, in collaboration with Citizens Concerned with Goochland Growth, Capital Region Land Conservancy, the 35 Mile Drive Association, and the Goochland County Chamber of Commerce, presents…
GOOCHLAND VILLAGE SERIES
BALANCING RURAL CONSERVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Part 3: Community Design Goals and Processes for Goochland Villages
Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00 – 9:00
52 Broad Street Road
Manakin, VA 23103
Enjoy presentations and opportunities for Q&A and dialogue about the process, challenges, opportunities, and context of engaging the community in village development in Goochland County.
REBECCA DICKSON –
County Administrator, Goochland County
DAN HOLMES –
Director of State Policy, Piedmont Environmental Council
RACHEL FLYNN –
Former Director, Planning and Development, City of Richmond and Lynchburg
PARTNERSHIP FOR SMARTER GROWTH
Partnership for Smarter Growth (PSG) is the regional hub for smarter growth education and implementation. PSG’s mission is to educate and engage the communities in the Richmond region to work together to improve quality of life by guiding where and how we grow. We address the interconnected issues of land use, transportation, housing, conservation, food security, and economic development integral to our quality of life.
GOOCHLAND VILLAGE SERIES
The Goochland Village Series engages high quality speakers and local citizens and leaders to explore how conservation coupled with appropriately designed communities in the right places can ensure preservation of rural character and a strong economy for Goochland county. PSG is pleased to work closely with Goochland organizations and residents to present this program.
Our first event, entitled What Makes a Village and held in November of 2009, was a partnership with the County of Goochland and featured architect Carlton Abbott and landscape architect Ralph Higgins. Our second event, Learning from a Neighboring Village Model, was held on February 9th and brought together public and private stakeholders involved in creating a village in New Kent on existing infrastructure. This final event in the series, Community Design Goals and Processes for Goochland Villages, highlight the perspectives of Goochland County decision makers and land use and planning experts on how to engage the community in village development in Goochland.