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Colonial Revival

Colonial Revival started in the late 19th century, when interest revived in our colonial American history, and continued to the mid-20th century. What started as a return to simpler, purer days, soon turned into an architectural and decorating style. Consumerism was just beginning in the 18th century; but, only the upper one or two percent […]

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Weeds

Weeds! After daily rain for an entire month, I have spent the last three weeks pulling weeds out of our country land, parking area, and brick walks. I can now state that everything is almost weed free! (Can you ever be weed free? I don’t think so!) Anyway, every thing looks great now; neat and […]

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Winery tour

A winery tour in New Kent County is a perfect reason to spend the night at Gracefield Hall! There are three wineries in the county: New Kent Winery,¬†Saude Creek Winery, and¬†Gauthier Vineyard. All are a 15-20 minute drive from Gracefield Hall. Tour the wineries and spend the night, or spend the night and tour the […]

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Southern Magnolia Blossom.

Magnolia Blossom

The Magnolia blossom opened! Last year we planted two 5-foot tall Southern Magnolia trees. We did not expect to get blossoms for a few years after the trees matured. Yet, last week one of the trees had a flower bud form. We kept an eye on it, enthusiastically anticipating its opening. Well, it opened yesterday. […]

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Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

The red tailed hawk is back; at least I assume it is the same one that was here last summer. I see him circling and calling and have heard two of them but have not seen the second one. It might be his mate that was with him here last year. Last summer they sat […]

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Wedding Planner

Are you a wedding planner organizing and coordinating weddings at any of the wedding venues in New Kent County? We had a wedding planner stay with us 2 nights while setting up and coordinating a Saturday wedding at one of the local wedding venues. If you are a wedding planner, why spend your time on […]

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Luna Moth

Luna Moth

A luna moth got entangled in the deer netting on one of the cherry trees this morning. I was checking the cherry trees this morning and spotted a luna moth caught between the folds in the deer netting. I was able to get it untangled and it spread its wings. It did not fly away […]

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Elbert Peach Tree

Fruit trees

Fruit trees were delivered. On Thursday, 3 of the 4 fruit trees were delivered from Fast Growing Trees in South Carolina. I planted them Thursday afternoon in the orchard: 1 Gala apple tree; 1 Fuji apple tree; and 1 Elberta peach tree. The second Elbert peach tree will be delivered next Thursday. These trees come […]

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Ham and Swiss Quiche

Fully Booked

We were fully booked Saturday night: two couples from Maryland were riding the Virginia Capital Trail; one couple from New Jersey was attending an engagement party; and one couple from Portsmouth, Virginia, was sightseeing in the area and decided to spend the night. Breakfast was juice, banana-strawberry smoothies, fresh berries with blueberry yogurt, ham and […]

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Virginia Capital Trail

Ride the Virginia Capital Trail and stay at Gracefield Hall! We are a quick 8 miles north and 4 miles east from the Charles City Courthouse parking lot, which is directly across from Cul’s Courthouse Grill; an excellent restaurant for lunch or a quick, cooling refreshment. We had a couple staying with us last night […]

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