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Any Time is Tea Time!

Tea Time Signfrom Elizabeth

In mid-July, we hosted a very special Sweet 16 for a local Spotsylvania girl who choose a tea-party theme. It was wonderful working with her parents and making this birthday party exactly what she wanted. We came up with these fun ideas:

Lemonade and Iced Tea Station
It was July, so of course, hot tea wasn’t ever something we even discussed. Guests were able to pick their chose of beverage and then have variety of ways to dress …


Mekhala’s Internship Experience

from Mekhala

During the Summer of 2017, I was given the opportunity to be an intern for Stevenson Ridge. Here I learned about the various aspects and procedures that go into event planning and coordination. Here I was able to be a part of and assist in an array of events such as weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, wine tasting and menu tastings.

Stevenson Ridge was exactly what I was looking for my internship experience. I was able …


Symposium Recap

I served as emcee for the weekend! (photo by Hal Jespersen)

I served as emcee for the weekend! (photo by Hal Jespersen)

from Chris

We’re still recovering from our weekend of Civil War events: the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge! The theme of the weekend was “Great Defenses of the Civil War.”

C-SPAN taped Friday evening’s programs, and on Saturday, C-SPAN went LIVE all day. If you’d like to see any of the speakers, here’s the run-down:

Ryan Quint on the battle of Monocacy:

Dave Powell …


Gearing up for the Emerging Civil War Symposium THIS WEEKEND

Cannon SR Lodgefrom Chris

The Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge kicks off this Friday. We’ve been posting updates all week long at Emerging Civil War (catch the updates here). We have a few more surprises to announce later this week as we get closer to kick-off.

A few tickets are still available in advance or at the door–although supplies are VERY limited at this point. $125 covers events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including ten speakers, …


Move Over Hashtags—Get Your Own Wedding Snapchat Geofilters

snaptchat filterfrom Elizabeth

Hashtags have been extremely popular over the last couple years, but now you can step up your social media game for the big day even more! Last year, Snapchat launched customized geofilters, and they are starting to get noticed by the wedding industry.

Snapchat describes its geofilters as “special overlays that communicate the ‘where and when’ of a Snap in a fun way, whether you’re sending it to a friend or adding it to your Story.”

Brides magazine …


Last-Minute Availability for the Emerging Civil War Symposium

Due to a last-minute cancellation, Stevenson Ridge has a vacancy available on site during the upcoming Emerging Civil War Symposium (Aug. 4-6). The Tobacco Barn is available for a two-night stay (Friday and Saturday) at a special Symposium rate of $350 + tax.

Tobacco Barn- outdoor 2A high-peaked ceiling and exposed-log crossbeams reveal the Tobacco Barn’s past life as a place for hanging tobacco leaves to dry. Now converted to a one-room guest house, it features a cozy fireplace, soapstone floors, a homey …


Watching the Ducks Grow Up

from Chris

As I’d mentioned last week, I tried my hand this spring at raising some ducks for Stevenson Ridge’s pond. We’ve had a few questions about the ducks since then, so let me take you back in time to Tuesday, May 23, when the ducks first arrived. I received a call from the post office at 4:30 a.m., inviting me to come on down and pick up my ducklings. They arrived in a box smaller than a shoebox.

Ducks-First pic

I …


Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsafrom Elizabeth

Summer is my favorite time of the year to try new recipes with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. One of my favorite summer recipes is for black bean and corn salsa.

This is a recipe that you can get creative with. Sometimes I will dice up an avocado or a jalapeño and add that. You can also get creative with how you serve it. Tortilla chips are great, but I have also eaten it with pita chips, …


The Duck House

from Chris

We have a new house at Stevenson Ridge. It sits pondside between the Log Home and the Riddick House. We call it the Duck House—because it houses ten new ducks we’ve bought to the pond.

Duck House

I decided to try my hand at being a “gentleman farmer” the spring. As an adolescent, I used to raise chickens, and I’ve always wanted to have a few again someday. Well, the time still isn’t right, but I did think a few …