Cedar Grove Community Provides Home for Botanist & Barrel

CEDAR GROVE , NC- An unassuming blueberry farm, located immediately off NC Highway 86 in the Cedar Grove community, just north of Hillsborough, is home to a unique business. Botanist & Barrel. A cidery/winery, is owned and operated by the brother and sister team of Lyndon and Kether Smith and their spouses, Amie Fields and …

Jonesing for a Restoration

The Jones House – Milton, NC By Hosanna BlanchardSpring 2022 Generally speaking, buying and restoring a forlorn 170-year-old house is a daunting proposition. Participants can count on exhausting, dirty work, unwelcome construction problems, numerous frustrating roadblocks – all resulting in painfully slow progress. This might cause some to avoid such projects or reject them outright …

Pelham’s Oakhaven: A Family Treasure for Almost 100 Years

PELHAM, NC- Tucked just inside Rockingham County and almost straddling the Caswell County line, with Wolf Island Creek running through it, is a 1,500-acre wedding venue that has saved a family treasure that’s been in the Dibrell family for almost 100 years. Unlike many tobacco, dairy, beef, and crop farms that have been lost by …

Bouncing into Another Year of Success

How an interest in inflatables became a jumping family business. Story by Sara CoatesPhotos by The Newnam FamilySpring 2022 Bringing Excitement to Rural America North Carolina natives Ryan and Karen Newnam were inspired to bring something fun to the Caswell County area after having three children of their own. In October of 2010, the couple …

Sporting Clays in the Suburbs of Danville, Va.

Sporting clays offers the competitive pursuit of “golf with a shotgun” and is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. Heirloom shotguns are often handed down by grandfathers and fathers. I grew up in Oxford, N.C. and as a female, I was discouraged from handling guns. My father eventually figured out I was …

Hitting A Milestone: Community Foundation Turns 25

DANVILLE- Twenty-five years is a significant anniversary for any group. That’s certainly true for The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, which celebrated that milestone in September 2021.  The group’s coverage area stretches across the entire Hyco Lake region, from Danville and Pittsylvania County to South Boston and Halifax County. It even helps people …