All Articles: List - 2013-2014
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All Articles, 2013 and 2014, below.
See also: News Articles 2013 & 2014, News Articles 2012, News Articles 2011, News Articles 2010; News Articles 2009; News Articles 2008

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Christmas at the Cabin: Ronn Spinner Remembers Christmas with Grandma Susie Neal

By Ronn Spinner, Sr.

At Grandma's house it was not much emphasis put on the so called glitter of the Christmas season. All that really mattered was the reason for the season. It was more important to give than receive. Putting up a tree to see how it looked after all the trimming brought so much joy and unity to the family.

Walks up and down Snickersville Pike, admiring the decorations and sights, was our way of having fun. ...more...

December 19, 2014
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Ronn Spinner Remembers His Brother Rocky and their Childhood with Grandma Susie Neal in Bluemont

Our dear brother Rocky visited the cabin [Snickersville Academy] around late September, [at the Bluemont Fair]  with Aunt Susie [Sue Gibson Colbert] and some of my other relatives. ...more...

December 9, 2014
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Sad news...Roberta Underwood Passed Away

Sad news. Roberta Underwood passed away... Roberta McCarty Underwood, 89, of Berryville, Virginia, died Thursday, November 20, 2014.

With her gift for story telling, Roberta gave a wonderful interview telling the story of her life. ...more...

November 20, 2014
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Chinker in a Bag -- Unusual Gift Teaches History to Children at 2014 Bluemont Fair

A log cabin gets its strength--not only from the heavy tree trunks of the walls--but also from the daub between them, reinforced with stones called "chinkers. ...more...

November 16, 2014
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Art in the Foothills Showcases Wealth of Local Talent Held at Boulder Crest Retreat, October 24-25-26

By Jill C. Perla

Art in the Foothills, a juried show and sale featuring over fifty artists working in a variety of media, will be held at the A. James Clark Lodge at Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness (BCR) in Bluemont, Virginia, October 24 thru October 26, 2014. ...more...

October 5, 2014

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Sad news...the passing of Rocky G. Spinner, one of Susie Neal's grandchildren

Mr. Spinner--who with about a dozen family members visited the Snickersville Academy on September 21, the Sunday of the recent Bluemont Fair--died October 1.

He spent time as a child at the old schoolhouse. The historic log cabin, Bluemont's first school and church (1825),was home to grandmother Susie Neal from the mid-1940s to the 1970s. ...more...

October 1, 2014
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Kids from My First Camp at Bluemont Visit Snickersville Academy August 15, 2014 By Susan Freis Falknor

On Friday, August 15, fourteen children ages five to eight walked from the Bluemont Community Center to the Snickersville Academy, accompanied by teacher Lynn Harris, parent Christiana Boucher, and Friends of Bluemont President Susan Freis Falknor. ...more...

August 20, 2014
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Chink & Daub at Snickersville Academy--Racing Towards the 2014 Bluemont Fair

The chink and daub work to seal the log walls of the Snickersville Academy--heading for completion this summer--gives, as Justin LaMountain remarks--"a new meaning to the words, 'restoration using local materials.'" ...more...

August 11, 2014
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1826 Sampler Commemorates Bluemont's Snickersville Academy

A historic sampler has come to light from the earliest days of Snickersville, now called Bluemont.

The elaborately embroidered sampler is decorated with the alphabet in print and script as well as the numerals, festooned with grapes, pineapples, rosebuds, ivy vines, and a weeping willow tree.

It bears the inscription: “Lucy Ann Bradfield, Snickersville Academy, 1826." ...more...

June 16, 2014

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It's Official, Bluemont.... We're Historic!

Three new landmark signs, plus one installed near Aldie in 2012, reflect many years of behind-the-scenes work by community leaders. The large, die-cast metal signs, readable from a car or on foot --perform well in transmitting a lot of history quickly. ...more...

February 14, 2014
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A Christmas Message from Tom and Betty Hatcher

We recently have heard from Tom Hatcher, who acted as the lead member of the Hatcher family which in 2010 generously donated the historic Snickersville Academy (founded 1825) to Friends of Bluemont. ...more...

December 20, 2013
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First-Ever Showing of Historic Homes on the Blue Ridge

ART IN THE FOOTHILLS, 9th annual, in the Lodge at Boulder Crest Retreat foir veteran and military wellness. Art Show, October 18-20; Home Tour, October 19, 2013

The final accounting is not done yet, but is safe to say that the Blue Ridge Mountain Home Tour and Art in the Foothills were both fundraising successes -- as well as a wonderful asthetic and learning experiences for visitors. ...more...

October 2013
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"Snickersville Academy Restoration Advances"
By Margaret Morton
LEESBURG TODAY, August 8, 2013

Snickersville Academy restoration and family of long-time resident, Susie Neal, were featured recently in one of Loudoun County's leading newspapers, Leesburg Today. Click HERE to read story online. When in the Leesburg Today story, be sure to click on both "thumbnails" to enjoy both photos.)

August 8, 2013
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Corley Gift Brings Snickersville
Academy Rocking Chair Back Home

This picture shows a little great-great-granddaughter of Susie Neal, the beloved Black housekeeper and cook who lived in the Snickersville Academy building from the 1940s through the 1970s.

On a recent visit to Bluemont, the little girl tried out this antique rocking chair. According to Ronn Spinner, Susie Neal's grandson, this was his grandmother's favorite chair....more...

July 7, 2013
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Two Newly Received Antique Documents from Bluemont

Here are two contributions to our ongoing project of visualizing life and commerce in old Bluemont:

1) Invoice from the Silicott Store in Snickersville, 1877

2 Promotional "pin-up" from Otto Kelley, Builder and Contractor ....more...
April 30, 2013
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1936 Postcard from Munich
to Selsenhorst on the Blue Ridge

By Les Querry

Good friendships have marked the Blue Ridge Mountain community of unique historic homes since before the turn of the last century. Sometimes these relationships leave traces.

On the right is a picture post card sent to Bluemont from Munich, Germany in 1936 from the Huntington's of "Journeys End" to the Droops of "Selsenhorst."

Jne 3, 2013
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MARTIN MITCHELL: Eight Decades of Bluemont Lore

Born in 1930, Martin Mitchell is one of the village's longest-term residents.

He is reputed to know more about what happened in Bluemont over the past eight decades than perhaps anyone else. ...more...

January 22, 2013