Centerpieces

from Chris

Jennifer put together some lovely centerpieces for my daughter’s wedding a couple weeks ago: floating candles in glass vases wrapped in bands of silver sparkles, accented by a few small votives in silver holders. She placed everything on a mirror and then sprinkled sparkly silver stones around them. Particularly in the low light of evening, the centerpieces looked elegant and offered the perfect touch of ambience.

Here are some pictures from when we tested them out on the …

 

 

A CVBT Recap

from Chris

Last weekend, Stevenson Ridge again had the chance to host Sunday brunch for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s annual conference. After two full days of battlefielding in the Wilderness and at Spotsylvania—plus the Saturday night dinner highlighted by a great talk about recent archeology being done on a Civil War field hospital on the Second Manassas battlefield—festivities wrapped up with a delicious meal and a special tour of CVBT’s newest property acquisition, Myer’s Hill (which is pretty much …

 

Hosting an American Hero for Medal of Honor Day

Medal of Honor recipient Britt Slabinski and SR Historian in Residence Chris Mackowski

From Chris

Last October, Stevenson Ridge had the honor of hosting a true American hero: Britt Slabinski, the most recent recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Medal of Honor is “the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.” Britt received the Medal of Honor in May …

 

 

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 …

 

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, …

 

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!