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L. U. Pearce Custom Building

When quality is what truly counts in home building, renovation customers look for more than just a snazzy logo, they look for L.U. Pearce Custom Building. Over the years Lewis Pearce, Jr. has stood behind his projects to ensure they meet not only his satisfaction, but the satisfaction...

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Rosegill

Near Urbanna lies Rosegill, which contains one of the most breathtaking views you will ever have the opportunity to behold. Coming around the bend toward Rosegill from Cooks Corner still gives me a thrill every time I round the bend, just as it has since my youth. Still maintaining...

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The Holly Ball

It was the Yuletide season of 1895, and the Eubank Hotel in Kilmarnock glowed with candlelight and twinkling eyes. Amidst the lilt of banjos and violins, dancers in their finest party attire were swirling about the room when John Armistead Palmer placed a chair beneath the chandelier...

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Benjamin Rennolds

All of us can probably pinpoint a time in our lives when we faced circumstances beyond our control that hurled us into state of calamity and life changing situations. The old adage “For every cloud there is a silver lining” would certainly hold true for many of us, including Benjamin...

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Oyster Plates

For thousands of years, the oyster has been a food choice for people with a discriminating palette. 
The true oyster purist prefers them in their most natural form, which is on the half shell. During the nineteenth and into the twentieth century, Oysters were consumed in great...

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Chesapeake Bay Oysters

For as long as the oyster has existed throughout the various regions of the world, mankind has had a love affair with it for a myriad of reasons. Oysters are a study in contrasts. The rough coarse shell gives way to the succulent and briny flesh that is so sought after by those who...

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Winterizing Your Home

If you have not already, there is still time to winterize your home in order to maximize your energy dollars and also to ensure that your home is a safe and warm place during the holidays and beyond. Freezing and thawing, mild to extreme cold is what generally characterizes our...

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How to Decorate for a Good Night's Sleep

We spend more time in our bedrooms than most rooms in our homes. Our busy lives can sometimes transform the bedroom from its main function — rest — into a makeshift office, entertainment center or even a play area for the kids. How do we create a room where rest and sleep are a...

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Christmas at Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall is one of those great iconic houses that stands alone in the halls of American history as the birthplace of more great Americans from the same family, than almost any other, who effected dramatic and downright daring change, during their time. Each generation has its...

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A History of Christmas

There is perhaps no other holiday, no other time, that inspires all of us to reach our altruistic best like Christmas. An amazing transformation generally takes place as the Holidays approach. Ever since the great Irving Berlin composed his iconic anthem sung by the equally great Bing...

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Create a State-of-the-art Kitchen with Vintage Flavor

Vintage or period motifs have become one of the hottest trends in home kitchen design, but your Old World kitchen doesn’t need to feature modern looking faucets to take advantage of the latest technology. Whether creating an original design, restoring an old kitchen, or simply...

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Add Warmth and Create a Healthier Bathroom

The last place you want to be on a chilly morning is barefoot on your cold bathroom floor waiting for the icy shower to heat up. The last thing you want to think about while you’re there is all the contaminants in the air. There are many ways to warm up the bath and make it a healthy...

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It’s a Wonderful Life

People from far and wide recently converged on Urbanna, Virginia for the annual Christmas in Urbanna events that take place every year in this wonderful coastal town we all know and love. The Christmas parade took place on Friday night and the “It’s a Wonderful Life—Christmas in...

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Home Organization Tips for the New Year

“I just need to get organized.” How many times have you heard yourself recite this familiar refrain? With the coming of the New Year, now is a good time to resolve to actually do it. This year, instead of just thinking about ways to get it together, use some simple tips for...

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Formal Table Settings

Nothing sets the stage for a truly memorable dinner party or family gathering like a well-appointed table. A well presented meal and elegant table go hand in hand. It speaks volumes about the intent of the host or hostess, in addition to letting those who have been invited know that...

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