Saddles, Paddles, & History on the Banister River

HALIFAX, VA- Everyone has probably wished, at some point, that they could clone themselves. No training, no getting anyone up to speed, no managing, just dividing tasks until the jobs are done. These are the thoughts that came to mind when I first learned that Julie and Gary Holmes of Shangrila Guest Ranch in South …

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 …

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 …

Legends and Majesty in Timberlake – Empire Egyptians Farm

Group of “Toddlers” Story by Jo Proia Photos by Jessica Whitt, Whitt Haven Photography The Black Stallion, My Friend Flicka, Hidalgo, Lawrence of Arabia, Tina Turner’s music video “Simply the Best” …. even the iconic paintings of Napoleon and George Washington on their white/gray steeds. If you remember or connect with any of these horses, …

Cedar Forest Mill Offers Some Virginia History

LONG ISLAND, VA- Eye catching millstones, powered by water wheels to mill grain and corn; big, circular saws at the community saw mill powered by diesel engines; community hog harvesting day, barn raising events. Were you lucky enough to be on the edge of time and able to experience these seemingly “old timey,” some say, …