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It’s Christmas at the Ridge!

from Cassandra

As festive as we are here at Stevenson Ridge, we were thankful to have Thanksgiving to be home with our families. The rest of the weekend was pretty quiet here, so we took full advantage of a rainy Saturday to decorate our monster tree!

This is my first Christmas with Stevenson Ridge so I jumped at the chance to lend a hand in setting up the main attraction for our holiday season. With the help of two handy …


Early Bird Tickets Still Available for the Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge

The early bird rate is still available for anyone interested in tickets to next summer’s Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. Early bird tickets are only $135 each, and they cover events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 2-4, 2019. You can order here through PayPal.

The theme this year will be “Forgotten Battles of the Civil War.”

Keynote speaker A. Wilson Greene, former director of Pamplin Park and noted author and historian, will talk about some …


Historian-in-Residence Publishes New Civil War Book

Just in time for the holidays, our historian-in-residence, Chris Mackowski, has a new book available: The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, Nov. 26-dec. 2, 1863. The book, part of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, recounts the final chapter of the forgotten fall of 1863—when Union Major General George Gordon Meade made one final attempt to save the Union and, in doing so, save himself.

According to the press release from the publisher:

The stakes for …


Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us at Stevenson Ridge, we want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

As we sit down with our families and friends this holiday, please know that YOU will be among the people we are most thankful for. After all, without all the great couples we work with for their weddings, all the great guests who travel here to spend time in our cabins and cottages, all the great clients who entrust us with their special events, …



from Madeliza

Most of the girls in the office know my love for essential oils and all things natural. In one of our October weddings, we had a bride incorporate rosemary into her table-setting. As we were setting up, I could not help but be excited about not only how gorgeous it looked but all the unique things rosemary can be used for.

Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean. It is used as a culinary condiment, …


An Unplugged Birthday

from Madeliza

One of my favorite things to do as an inn coordinator is to help my guests plan surprises for their significant others. Whether it’s arranging to have breakfast delivered to their cabin in the morning or setting up the a romantic atmosphere with candles and rose petals throughout the cabin, I help plan all sorts of surprises.

Our romance package is particularly popular around this time of the year. It includes a delicious display of locally made artisan …


The Civil War Trails Lead to Stevenson Ridge

from Chris

All Civil War Trails led to Stevenson Ridge last month.

We were pleased to host a regional meeting of Civil War Trails, Inc. You probably recognize the distinctive Civil War Trails logo on their many roadside signs: a red trumpet with a blue bar and white stars, pointing the way to Civil War sites and wayside displays. “Follow the bugle,” the Trails say.

With more than 1,550 signs in five states—Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West …


Romeo y Julieta Cigar Bar!

from Madeliza

A few weekends ago, we had wedding with an outdoor cigar bar. It’s not unusual for couples to provide cigars on their wedding for their guests to enjoy. However, this particular wedding had a beautiful and unique set up outside on the patio that displayed personalized Romeo y Julieta Reserve Cigars and even a maduro leaf to decorate.

Hand rolled in the Dominican Republic, the Romeo y Julieta Reserve maduro is a more robust alternative to the classic …


A Tale as Old as Time

from Elizabeth

As a little girl, my favorite Disney princess was Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I’m not sure if it was because she was the only brunette princess or that she was selfless, independent, and strong-willed, but either way, I adored her.

Therefore, when I heard on the local radio station that Riverside Theatre would presenting Beauty and The Beast, I had to purchase tickets. With my grandmother in tow for a wonderful grandmother-granddaughter afternoon, we went …


John Henry Myer of Myer’s Hill

We told you last month about a major acquisition the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust was making on the Spotyslvania Court House battlefield right across the road from us here at Stevenson Ridge. The property, Myer’s Hill, was the scene of action on May 14, 1864. We’re pleased today to welcome our friend, historian John F. Cummings III, to tell us more about the man the hill is named after, John Henry Myer.

John Henry Myer came to America to …