August 2009 Issue

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Summer means heat, cookouts with friends, maybe sinking a line in a quiet lake. The August issue of Virginia Living brings you all that and more. We’ve got the penultimate bass fishing experience as editor Richard Ernsberger joins the pros at a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Smith Mountain Lake. We also travel to Mount Air Farm, in Crozet, for an outdoor feast featuring artisan meats sustainably raised right there on the farm. Romance writer Leanne Banks tells us about the most popular genre of fiction today, and we learn about Edgar Cayce and his extraordinary theories. Also: Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the Williamsburg Colonial nursery, porch life and more.

Back to Nature

Rivergate, on a bluff overlooking the James River near Lynchburg, is a Prairie-style home that echoes many of the principles espoused by Frank Lloyd Wright—natural materials, an open floor plan, integration with nature. It’s also a peaceful “escape.” (photos by Philip Beaurline) What is remarkable about the very private, cross-shaped residence of […]
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