December 2009 Issue

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In the December 2009 issue of Virginia Living, you’ll find the glorious antebellum Oak Ridge estate as well as the humble, centuries-old log cabins of Rockbridge County … whose residents might well have enjoyed the persimmon, another issue highlight. We examine how West Virginia came to be, and we unravel how a Mariners’ Museum archivist stole myriad bits of history. There’s a serious dose of the 21st century too, with a wild ride through dynamic Fairfax. Also inside: nutty sweets for the nutty season, an antiques expert and a polo phenom, chocolate, Todd Jurich’s Bistro in Norfolk, a trek in the Peru highlands, Colonial Williamsburg Christmas trimming stats, and much more.

Old Glory

Restoring the grandeur of an antebellum compound takes labor, money, and love. (Photography by Kip Dawkins) John Holland knew when he first visited Oak Ridge, more than 20 years ago, that there was much more to the sprawling, careworn estate in Nelson County than the overgrown gardens and deteriorating steps he saw […]
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