Fluvanna Review

Photo by Tricia JohnsonRestoration of the house at Pleasant Grove is complete, and Virginia’s newest visitor center – and Fluvanna’s newest museum space – is open to the public.
Pleasant Grove House now welcomes visitors to Fluvanna County; information about historic sites and travel destinations in Fluvanna and all over Virginia can be found on the ground floor of the structure. The second story houses exhibits on the history of transportation by river, rail, and road in Fluvanna; there is a reading room located in a rear addition; the third floor houses new offices for Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation.
Currently the house is open from 10-2 Monday through Friday, 10-4 on Saturdays and 12-4 on Sundays. When the Parks and Recreation staff team moves into the building in the near future, the hours will change to 8-5 Monday through Friday and 12-4 on Saturdays and Sundays.
The house was built in 1854 by William D. Haden on nearly 1,000 acres which had been owned by the Haden family since the late 1700s. The property, with its long river frontage, produced large crops of wheat, Indian corn, oats and tobacco; they also had cattle, sheep and hogs. William Haden and his wife raised ten children on the property; he owned 30 slaves. Haden served in the Virginia Militia; he was also elected Overseer for the Poor of Fluvanna County. A family cemetery, on which restoration work will soon begin, is located in front of the house.
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he displays light up to the music of  ten different Christmas favorites like Little Drummer Boy, Carole of the Bells and the theme to A Charlie Brown Christmas.About half the population of Fluvanna County lives behind the gates of Monticello. If you aren’t one of them, now is the time to phone a friend to let you in.
Inside those gates at 4 Lewis Court you’ll find perhaps the best Christmas light show in the whole county.

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Troy Weidenheimer with Fluvanna Art Association members who displayed their abstract artwork.Fluvanna Art Association member and art instructor Troy Weidenheimer returned for another workshop, this time to focus on learning to paint more freely.

That’s not an easy thing to do after years of learning how to structure one’s artwork. To do this, members of the association had to move toward abstraction.

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In an extraordinarily tense and exciting match the Flying Flucos volleyball team was just barely outplayed by James Wood High School from Winchester on Nov. 11.
The Flucos went into the 4A North Regional, with a high seed due to their win in the Conference 23 competition. James Wood was the number two team in Conference 21, but the number one team in that conference is Loudon County, the perennial powerhouse in 4A competition.
The James Wood Colonels won this quarterfinal match 3-1, but they were battled all the way by the Flucos. In the first game of the match senior Leslie Walters served for two points to put the Flucos up by 8-4. The Colonels called timeout. Walters served for another point and the Flucos led by five. With two more points, one on a Walters kill shot, the Flucos were up 11-4 and it looked like they might be the dominant team. Three points for each team made it 14-7 for the Flucos.
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The Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) has announced that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 will be adopted on Dec. 6.

The total expected revenue for 2013 is $5.7 million from dues, fees and amenity use fees. Expected non-capital expenditures are anticipated at $5.5 million. More than $1 million is budgeted for three key funds (roads, lake and general) that will be used for capital improvements to property and buildings, according to a press release from the LMOA.

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