Carolyn spent some of her teenage years on a 300-acre farm in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. She became interested in raising peacocks, pigeons and chickens, and eventually developed a sizable flock of pet birds.
After nearly ten years here at the Inn, her mother-hen urge returned (with the encouragement of our Assistant Innkeeper, Marcia, who keeps lots of chickens on her farm in Louisa). We now have 6 beautiful chickens (5 hens and 1 rooster) in residence at a luxurious coop under the black gum tree. The hens, including Simone and Lucille, are starting to provide “Inn-fresh” eggs for breakfast. The rooster,, Bruce J., keeps watch over the ladies and chases away hawks and other predators.
Our chickens are very tame, so if you stay with us, or just stop in, we hope you will enjoy visiting with them.
Recently our friend and hiking guide Melanie took us to Cedar Run in Shenandoah National Park. From the parking area, the hike was a little over 2 miles, uphill. It was a muggy 90-degree day, and when we got to the … Continue reading
Unlike Broadway’s “Hamilton”, you won’t have to wait umpteen years or pay a gazillion dollars to enjoy a very good (semi)-professional theatrical performance in Charlottesville. This summer the University of Virginia is sponsoring, for the 42nd year, its Heritage Theater Festival. On … Continue reading
This weekend, June 18-19, Monticello is celebrating the June 1781 ride of Jack Jouett, our “local Paul Revere”, who rode 40 miles through the night to warn then-Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson of the approach of British cavalry whose mission was … Continue reading
Besides Thomas Jefferson’s birthday (April 13th), a celebrated spring event here is Historic Garden Week, which begins April 23rd and runs through April 30th. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia, Garden Week gives the public a rare opportunity to … Continue reading
On September 12th, UVA plays its first home game of the 2015 season against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Forget that Notre Dame is ranked in the Top 10 in many preseason polls. Forget that UVA’s last 2 home … Continue reading
We love antiques that have colorful stories behind them. Sometime in the late 18th – early 19th century, a craftsman from the Valley Forge, Pennsylvania area made the tiger maple bed that graces one of our rooms. According to a … Continue reading
Thomas Jefferson served as the U. S. Minister to France from 1784 to 1789, succeeding Benjamin Franklin. In 1787, he set out on a 3 month journey through France and northern Italy. Traveling as a private citizen, he tried to … Continue reading
This is Willow Lake, a beautiful pond on land adjoining the Inn. It’s about 4-5 acres, and is spring-fed. Until about 40 years ago, the owners of the property used the lake as a watering hole for cattle and livestock. … Continue reading
From the 2012 Production of “1776” Since 1974, the University of Virginia has hosted the Heritage Theatre Festival, a collaboration of professional directors, designers, technicians and actors producing summer repertory musicals and plays. Here is the line-up of shows this … Continue reading