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Fluvanna Faces

Where do you live?
My wife Catherine and I live in a rural area between Fork Union and Columbia.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
We moved to Fluvanna in 2001 when I was offered a teaching position at Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA). We bought a beautiful piece of property in a rural area of the county, built our home and moved in over Thanksgiving of 2002. Catherine and I were both in the Army when we met and were living in Atlanta when I received the offer to work at FUMA. She was still on active duty but was looking for a reason to start the next chapter of her life, so like the Beverly Hillbillies, we packed up our things and moved to Fluco Land. Funny thing is, while we moved here for me to take a job teaching, she is the one who has been at FUMA now for 13 years! She started out as a substitute and then after 9/11 one of the permanent teachers, who was a U.S. Army Reservist, got deployed to Afghanistan and the Academy asked her to fill in. The next year they gave her a fulltime contract. Funny how things work out sometimes.
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Photo by Christina Dimeo Guseman

Where do you live?
Lake Monticello
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I’ve lived in Fluvanna for 15 years. What brought me here was an ad in the New York Post titled “Retire in Virginia lake country.” The ad offered a free weekend, tickets to Monticello, and a dinner, in the hopes that people would purchase property at Lake Monticello. My husband still has the ad! He’s a history buff and wanted to go to Monticello. So we came, in 1986, and took a look. We weren’t buying anything – it was one of those freebie weekends.
A few years later we started thinking about retirement. Though we owned a house in New York City, our lifestyle cost more than we could afford in retirement. We started researching places and remembered Lake Monticello, and decided to take another look. We liked that the density was so much less than NYC, and we were drawn to the woods. We bought property in 1991 and moved down here in 1999.
Yeah, they really marketed to the tri-state area. It was a huge marketing effort. Of the people who bought property here after 1986, most of them probably responded to those ads.
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Kristin Fields. Photo by Christina Dimeo Guseman

Where do you live?
Lake Monticello
How long have you lived in Fluvanna?
I have lived in Fluvanna for 13 years, but I taught at Central Elementary School for five years prior to my move. Ultimately, I’ve been deeply connected to the county for 18 years and am thankful for the sense of community.

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Where do you live?
Lake Monticello
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I’ve lived in Fluvanna for seven years. We moved here because my parents wanted to get away from the traffic and stuff in Charlottesville.
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Where do you live?
Kents Store
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I was born and raised in Fluvanna. Though I went to school in Richmond, I realized I like being around home and my family. I figured that out after I got my fashion degree – ha! You know how some people are more about work and some people are more about their family life? I’m more about my family life. I work to do my other life.
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