Posts Tagged ‘South Boston’

The Amish of Southern Virginia

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Amish Lad

A young Amish lad.

The Amish Community of Southern Virginia has grown substantially over the past five years, but is still relatively small. The community that has developed north of South Boston, in the area around Nathalie, was founded in 2005 by an “Old Order Amish” group from Dover, Delaware. They were drawn to the fertile, open land of Southern Virginia.

The Amish culture is fascinating. As American society becomes increasingly dependent on technology and, some would argue, increasingly distanced from the land, the Amish maintain their historically “simple” way of life. Their homes have no televisions, or even phones. They don’t use the internet. The children don’t play computer games. What, then, do they do? How do they live? It’s intriguing.

Guests of South Boston Virginia Bed and Breakfasts may notice horse drawn buggies clip clopping along the road, carrying simply clad men, women, boys, and girls. It is not unusual for children to stare and wave as cars pass – after all, with no television, radio, or internet, “English” culture is as strange to them as the Amish culture may be to you.

While traveling through Halifax Country, absorbing the beauty of Amish and “English” farmland, keep an eye out for Amish businesses. As a rule, Amish people are polite and friendly, and when the occasion arises, they are happy to chat with outsiders. The best way to do this is in a shop. Ask your Southern Virginia Bed and Breakfast innkeepers if they know of local Amish businesses or farmer’s markets. The Amish are superlative craftsmen, and their goods, from furniture to quilts to jams and baked treats, are appreciated by one and all.

Wedding Venues in Virginia

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
The Kiss

Happily ever after in Virginia.

It’s no secret that Virginia is for lovers, so it stands to reason that Virginia is a fine place to host a wedding.

Wedding venues in Virginia are as diverse and wonderful as the state itself. Whether you dream of a beach wedding or a mountain wedding, a rural wedding or an urban wedding, a grand, upscale wedding or an intimate, casual wedding, your dream can be realized here.

The Virginia Wine Country has many idyllic settings in which to host a wedding. There are well over one hundred wineries in fifteen Virginia Wine Regions – deciding between them will be the biggest problem.

If you dream of hosting your wedding at a grand historic property, you’ll find many wedding venues in Virginia. The Old Rose Garden at Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas is a lovely setting for an outdoor wedding. The Boyd Tavern, a national historic landmark near South Boston, is another charming location for a wedding reception.

There are also unique and unforgettable wedding venues in Virgina. Consider a ceremony in the Endless Caverns of Shenandoah Valley. Avid hikers may want to say their vows on the Appalachian Trail. It’s your wedding – you get to decide.

Country Inns in Southern Virginia

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Like the rest of the state, Southern Virginia has a long and rich history. Tobacco was the mainstay of the economy here for generations, and the area remains primarily agricultural. If you are looking to stay in a VA Country Inn, you are sure to find one in Southern Virginia.

Fall is harvest time, and numerous festivals throughout Southern Virginia celebrate it. Visiting harvest festivals is a wonderful way to experience new communities. Listen to the music of local bands, see arts by local artisans and craftspeople, and discover regional food specialties.

Tobacco Flower

Learn about tobacco while meandering through Southern VA.

Kings Grant Fall Festival takes place in Martinsville on Saturday, September 18, 2010. That evening, relax to live bluegrass music by Mark Templeton & Pocket Change at the Martinsville Historic Rives Theatre. The charming, historic town of South Boston has its Harvest Festival on September 25 – the same day Martinsville hosts its annual Oktoberfest.

The Danville-Pittsylvania County Fair takes place at the fairgrounds from September 17 – 25, 2010. If you have never been to a county fair, you’ll find it a fascinating and fun experience. Check out unusual poultry and Rosaire’s Bears – The Big Bear Show. Also in Danville, the Affair on the Square Concert Series will feature several bluegrass bands from 6 to 10 pm on September 23.

Exploring small towns is just part of a holiday in Southern VA Country Inns. Equally important is experiencing peaceful evenings on wide porches, awakening to the sounds of songbirds, and indulging in a breakfast fit for a hardworking farmer.