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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 …


Ghost Stories: Spotsylvania Court House

from Elizabeth

We’re not shy to the questions “Is Stevenson Ridge haunted?” The answer you’ll receive will solely depend on who you ask in the office.

Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, it’s still fun to talk about ghost stories this time of year. So let’s share a ghost story from the Spotsylvania Courthouse—one of the bloodiest battles in North America.

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has attracted many ghost hunters over the years, and they’ve claimed to …


Wine Spotlight: Rack ‘n Barrel Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend

from Cassandra

With Virginia Wine Month coming to a close, I wanted to shine a little light onto Stevenson Ridge’s new fall favorite, Rack ‘n Barrel Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend. It may not be a Virginia wine, but it is one that should be appreciated this fall! The bold flavor will surely keep you cozy through these brisk, what-feels-like-winter nights we have experienced this October.

This red blend is created through a combination of cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, and syrah, …


“I Solemnly Swear I Am Up to No Good!”

from Elizabeth

If you haven’t already guessed it, this is a Harry Potter post! The craze and fan-following for the Harry Potter books is huge. The first movie premiered in 2001, but original fans have been casting spells since the first book came out in 1997. Recently, we had Harry Potter cast a spell here at Stevenson Ridge!

We had the pleasure of hosting a Harry Potter-themed wedding, and it did not disappoint. Even during their first meeting with us, …


Burying the Bourbon

from Chris

I come from northwest Pennsylvania, not too far from Punxsutawney, home of the world’s most famous weather-forecasting groundhog, so unusual weather customs are not so strange to me. The South has its own weather-related traditions, of course, including one intended to keep the skies clear and brides and grooms dry on their wedding day: burying the bourbon.

According to legend, if the bride and groom bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at the site of their wedding, …


Talk about a great ending to your guestbook!

from Cassandra

My first couple of October had their longtime friend and wedding photographer snap a picture of their entire “wedding party.” After exiting their ceremony but before heading into the Lodge to enjoy cocktail hour, all the wedding guests gathered around the couple for this group photo.

I can’t help but think this would be the perfect ending to a wedding album—and also a perfect photo opportunity for a coordinator to keep a memory of her first October wedding …


Expectation and Anticipation

from Chris

I always love the sense of possibility I feel when I walk into the Lodge and the room is arranged and the table linens are set for an event. Anything could happen. The event decorations have yet to appear, and people have yet to fill the room–both, in their ways, will transform the space. Right now, though, the room is a fresh, clean slate, waiting to become something special for someone. That in itself makes the room special. …


Saving Some Nearby Battlefield

Army of the Potomac commander George Gordon Meade was nearly captured by Confederates on Myer’s Hill. A newspaper artist sketched the incident, “Narrow Escape of Genl Meade.”

from Chris

Our friends at the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) announced some big news recently: they’re saving a key piece of Civil War battlefield at Spotsylvania Courthouse that’s right across the street from Stevenson Ridge.

The property is known as Myer’s Hill, and it saw a lot of action on May 14, …


First Blush of Fall

from Chris

The first faint blush of fall has crept into the leaves at the Ridge. We’re getting a few random yellow leaves blowing into the pond from the surrounding forest, but the trees directly around the pond are all still full green—except, that is, for a single small blush of dark crimson. See if you can spot it!