Heading in just about any direction from Swallowtail Cottage, history abounds. Yesterday, with camera in hand, I headed out to an estate sale, east of town. There a grand home awaited my lens. I must confess, I am a house hound, and take every opportunity to peruse private residences in and around Albemarle County, Virginia.
long boxwood lined drive leading to the early 18th century house ~ Glenmore
this garden ornament is rarely seen in modern themes
Glenmore ~ an elegant early 18th century home. Most of its former land is now an up-scale subdivision
chores left undone at Glenmore
rear of house
a bit wobbly, yet effective winter grid
Just down the road, the Keswick Hunt Club ~ where my sister held her wedding reception in 1967. A mecca for horsemen where many a wild party was held here over the century and some marriages went astray. Elizabeth Taylor starred in Giant, filmed in part down the hill.
low key facade at the Hunt Club, yet quite the local draw for huntsmen and their women
Keswick Hall ~ formerly Keswick Country Club, where I swam as a child. This place has changed hands many times always with dicey drama, including Laura Ashley’s purchase during her hay day.
another well cared for property in Albemarle County, Virginia. Originally built in the Greek Revival style and run as a tavern following the Civil War, this house served travelers as La Fourche Tavern, a name which remains today.
no marks on these headstones, yet I was drawn to them on this grey winter day
notice atop this barren tree at the golf course, a lone mockingbird marks her territory against the winter sky
this silhouette reminds me of Mary Mockingbird, who resides at Swallowtail Cottage nearing eight years
farther down the road, Michie Tavern rests after being moved across the county
Michie Tavern was built as a residence between 1772 and 1773. It stands as an example of the historic preservation movement in the 1920s. It is also the only tavern in Albemarle County to have an exterior taproom and represents the vernacular form associated with taverns in early Albemarle County.
unique exterior taproom
have a pint…
circa 1797, the Meadow Run Grist Mill rests nearby following relocation and restoration
the water wheel is still in motion
Jen offered tales of personal encounters with entities in the tavern…hmmm
notice the ancient chestnut boards in this reconstructed building on Michie Tavern grounds
the real deal for sale in the Metal Smith shop
interior shot in the Tavern
many a meal was produced at this hearth in the Keeping Hall
Keeping Hall mantle dressed for Yuletide
detail of mantel decor in Keeping Hall
dough box ready for Yuletide
the upper ballroom at Michie Tavern
outside “The Necessary” offers various sizes, including one for small bottoms
a hilarious note for 18th century guests…
is that a cob up your butt? Ouch, ouch, ouch. Where is the Quilted Northern when you need it?
could not resist posting this provenance
perched on a high hillside, Michie Tavern has multiple roof lines
and many steps traversing the hillside
illuminated stairs during Yuletide
is this a ghost?
just next door, atop Carter’s Mountain a two-hundred acre orchard draws miles of traffic each year. This day I was one of two visitors, amen.
end of this day with a glimpse of Charlottesville below
Although I have resided in Albemarle County on-and-off for over thirty years, playing tourist for an afternoon never fails to produce fine visual, architectural, and flavorful memories. http://www.michietavern.com Copyright © 2013 by Diane LaSauce All Rights Reserved