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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 …


All-American Eats

BBQ checkered tableclothfrom Elizabeth

We’re all getting ready for the 4th of July with our family and friends, so we wanted to share with you some easy all-American recipes–with some unique spins–to make your holiday even better.

Make your lemonade with a little twist by added some sweet raspberries and blackberries plus fresh mint with this Berry Lemonade recipe.

Try this answer to cure any summer craving with Burger ‘n Fries Foil Pack.

You have to have corn on the …


A Busload from Yale

from Chris
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Last week, we had a little “old New England” come to Stevenson Ridge: a busload of alumni from Yale University. The Yale alumni group was following the Overland Campaign with historian Brian Matthew Jordan (a Yale alum himself). Brian was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history in 2016 for his excellent book Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War.

Brian also works with me as co-editor of Emerging Civil War’s forthcoming book series with …


Summer-Themed Centerpieces

summer-themed centerpiecefrom Elizabeth

Summer is almost officially here, so when I recently came across this picture on Instagram, I thought it was perfect to share with our followers!

This fun and colorful centerpiece will be perfect for any summer party you’re throwing. It will add something special to your summer festivities that your inner child will enjoy but will also be classy at the same time.

The sprinkles in the vase are perfect, but more options you could consider would be …


Look Closer!

from Chris

While walking the trails Thursday afternoon, I happened to stop and take a closer look at a small tree growing next to the trail. It looked as though it had been struggling mightily beneath the shaded canopy to grab what sunlight it could from the much, much taller trees that stood nearby.Luna 01

As I was about to resume my walk, though, I had to do a double-take: there, hanging from one of the branches as though it were …



Friday, June 2 is National Donut Day!

We’ve heard word that both Paul’s Bakery and Duck Donuts are both celebrating with specials. Perhaps others are, too–check your favorite local bakery to see what they’re doing to celebrate!

To quote the greatest sage of our time when it comes to all donut-related things, Homer Simpson: “Mmmmmmmm, donuts.”…