Fluvanna Review

Leslie, Christy and George Cushnie enjoy their new tasting room. Photo by O.T. Holen.Fluvanna’s only winery is growing more than grapes.

Thistle Gate owners George and Leslie Cushnie have opened a tasting room, though the official grand opening is scheduled for early October.

 

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Come in, come in. Of course, my dears, you all come in and hurry – shut the door against the wind. Shake that rain from your coats and come here to the fire. There: a place for everyone. Now toast your toes and warm your hands, and listen. You notice a chill up your spine, a prickling? No, it’s not a draft. Just listen; and wait – there’ll be more.
Spirits of the dead come close to us now. It’s All Hallows’ Eve, the night of the ancient Britons’ new year and hilltop fire festivals; it’s a good time to placate those forces around that may not wish us well. Hush! Did you hear that? But no; sit – and listen. We’ll have an old tale.
I know you’ve heard it before, the mysterious, never-solved enigma of the haunting of poor John Schuyler Moon’s home for two terrible years after that awful war. 1866 to 1868 it was, and Church Hill was the place, out north of Scottsville, near Glendower Church. The house has since burned, but is remembered as two stories tall with a deep porch and – as Lawyer John’s niece Frances Moon Butts recalls, “many queer closets.” What? Ah – no, it’s nothing, just a log falling in the grate. Be still.
There were eight or nine rooms in the house – isn’t it odd we can’t remember the exact number; and a wing to one side. Above the front porch was a window to the upper hall. One of those odd closets gave off the roof of the wing, and this became known as the “Ghost Closet”; this is where the ghost got in the house.
Virginia Moore is one who’s told the tale. As she says, the times were troubled – the Civil War lost, Reconstruction an “agony,” and everything chaotic. Onto the scene, in the summer of 1866, ride two strangers, rough-looking white men, who knock at Church Hill’s front door and demand to see John Schuyler Moon. All the good adults were at church, so the disappointed men curse, turn, and spur their mounts to ride off – in the direction of a nearby grave yard.
Upon his return home, Moon attempted to find the unknown men, whose horses were distinctive. Though the neighborhood was searched as far as North Garden, no trace of them was ever found, and the incident might have been forgotten except that soon afterward the mystery began.
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Candidates Page Gifford, Dick Cummings and Charles Harrelson stood at the meeting where election results were announced. Charles Harrelson and Dick Cummings were elected as directors of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association, the LMOA announced Saturday (June 30).

The LMOA oversees the huge Lake Monticello subdivision in Fluvanna County.

Harrelson, a retired businessman, garnered 811 votes. Cummings, a retired CPA, got 810 votes. Page Gifford, a freelance writer and community volunteer, received 430 votes.

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Peg Redd's artwork

Eight area artists will be participating in the upcoming Second Annual Artist’s Studio Tour to benefit the Fluvanna County Historical Society on June 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Historical Society is sponsoring a studio tour to raise money for the Endowment Fund while promoting Fluvanna’s artists.
New to the tour this year are longer hours to allow visitors to reach every studio. Add a comment

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Three new cell phone towers are coming to Fluvanna, bringing with them much-needed coverage for the Bremo Bluff, Columbia, and Kents Store areas of the county.
Fluvanna County just happens to be in one of only four areas in the entire state designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2012 as disadvantaged for broadband and cell phone coverage, said Emergency Services Coordinator Cheryl Wilkins.
The FCC’s Mobility Fund project is providing financial incentive for private companies to build the facilities necessary to expand third generation, or “3G,” mobile wireless services to areas of the country in which it would not normally be cost-effective for those companies to build – an initiative similar to the one that brought electricity to rural areas in the 1930s.
T-Mobile won the contract – $2 million to bring 3G and 4G mobile services to eastern Fluvanna County – and a developer named 52 Eighty Partners LLC is building the three telecommunications towers, said 52 Eighty’s representative Dale Finocchi. By federal requirement, the project needs to cover 75 percent or more of the 176 Fluvanna road miles specified by the FCC.
Not only is this project good news for Fluvanna residents who need cell phone coverage in their homes and on the road, but it also gives a boost to emergency services in the county in that the county can use the towers for its E911 radio communications. Right now in the rural areas of the county there are dead zones where law enforcement and rescue personnel can’t call in or out. But access to these new towers will go a long way toward alleviating that problem.
The first tower will be off of Venable Road in Kents Store. The second will be off Bremo Road near Columbia. And the third will be only half a mile from the tower at Dominion’s power plant in Bremo Bluff. For security reasons, Dominion won’t allow T-Mobile access to its tower, which is why 52 Eighty is building another tower so close by.
Emergency services in the county will have access to the first two towers for communications, but have waived their claim to access to the Bremo Bluff tower since they already use the Dominion tower for communications.
The monopole towers will all be less than 200 feet tall and will be somewhat visible in their areas, Finocchi said on Wednesday (Sept. 17) as he showed the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors photos of the three locations with the towers digitally inserted into the images.
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