Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It's a Small World After All

Small world stories are just the best and here is a good one we want to share with you about a wonderful local landmark and our guests' connection with it.

Here at the Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm we live practically at the edge of the Shenandoah National Park. We often hike into the Park on the south fork trail that takes one (not us!) 3 miles to the top of the Blue Ridge, to the Appalachian Trail. On the way up one will see a few remnants of homes of those who lived  in the Park before the 1930's. It was during the '30's that the federal government created the Shenandoah National Park and, sadly,  removed those who lived and farmed on that land.

One special landmark that we always look for and are sure to point out to our grandchildren who are hiking with us is an old, somewhat crumbling tall brick chimney. That chimney is all that remains of the building  that was once a family's home.

This week we have with us the descendents of the Via family who lived in that home until 1935 when the government took their land. The Via's had a thriving apple orchard and made a good living shipping their apples throughout the country.

The Shenandoah National Park is a wonderful national treasure, but it is a sad commentary that so many families had to suffer losing their land and livelihoods in order for it to be created.

We are thrilled and privileged to meet the Via's who have such interesting stories to tell us and  who give us a connection to a local landmark that we have admired for so many years -- it is a small world after all!

Dick and Hayden Cabell
The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm (Near Charlottesville, VA )
6051 Sugar Hollow Road Crozet, VA 22932

Phone Toll Free: 866-566-7388

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by Virginia Living Magazine

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