Hinsons Ford, Rappahannock
With Growth Brings Change
From the Editor
Just west of Northern Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, lies the Piedmont: a beautiful oasis with mountain views, charming small towns steeped in a rich history, and quiet rural areas where traffic jams usually involve livestock or tractors.
The Piedmont’s storied past and vast beauty are celebrated by the artists, restaurants, winemakers, and others that occupy this amazing region—a place appreciated and revered by those who live here and those who visit.
The Piedmont Virginian: an elegant magazine with a specific goal.
In the spring of 2008 — 15 years ago, now — my daughter was 9 years old and I had a bachelor’s degree in pre-vet and a completely unrelated and remarkably unsuccessful freelance writing and graphic design business.
I saw a help wanted ad — there was a new magazine in Warrenton and they needed someone to sell advertising — and I thought, “I can do that.” Spoiler alert: I can’t. But I can do other things.
So off I went to meet Walter Nicklin, founder of The Piedmont Virginian, in the little office on the second floor of the Fauquier Times building on Culpeper Street. It was a job interview, so I was wearing a business suit, hose, and heels. My future employer was not wearing a business suit. The most remarkable part of his outfit was khaki cargo shorts with duct tape covering a hole. Those who know Walter will appreciate this.
Walter is a Warrenton native who spent much of his childhood in Rappahannock County and a historian and writer with an unparalleled love for our area. He became one of the owners of the Rappahannock News, which became Rappahannock Media. But before that, Walter started an elegant magazine with a specific goal.
In his words, “The Piedmont Virginian is a richly produced journal of information and appreciation of nature, place, people, and ways of life in the northern Piedmont of Virginia. Affinities, not simply geography, create the Piedmont’s unique regional identity. We are inspired, and aim to inspire others, by giving voice to this special—even magical—place, in the hopes that it remains so.”
I was, and still am, inspired by his mission, and I have learned so much in the last 15 years.
Today, I have a real career with Rappahannock Media, my daughter is 24 years old and engaged, Walter has retired, and Rappahannock Media, now owned by Dennis Brack and a group of other community-minded partners, has also undergone remarkable growth with the acquisition of multiple magazines, newspapers, and news websites across the northern Virginia area.
With so many publications, the financial influence of the pandemic, and staff resources, choices had to be made. We are no longer publishing a print version of The Piedmont Virginian as a stand alone magazine.
But, we didn’t want to let it, and its mission, go entirely.
So, twice a year, we are including a mini version of The Piedmont Virginian as an insert in Warrenton Lifestyle.
While the aim of Warrenton Lifestyle is to celebrate the people and businesses of Fauquier County in general, The Piedmont Virginian has a bit more of a specific angle: cultural, historical, and environmental preservation of the area. We think the two will blend nicely, and readers of both will enjoy the combined content.
Our first mini-issue content is available here. We hope you continue to enjoy our content and support our mission.
A Threshold Business Strives for the Mainstream
As the cannabis industry spreads in Virginia, Piedmont producers ponder the future.
A Mecca for Musicians Re-emerges
Castleton sings again-at last!
The 16th Annual Fall Art Tour in Rappahannock Comes Roaring Back
November 6-7, 2021
Loudoun ‘Growers’ overcome challenges through farming.
“Eventually, the bus stops coming, and then what?”
Outdoor Dining at its Peak
The Piedmont’s patios and terraces beckon during one of the year’s most beautiful seasons.
Easy Autumn Recipes
St. Margaret’s School Announces “Return to the River” Program
Offering holistic education on the banks of the Rappahannock
Summer Treat: Pina Colada Popsicles
Really, what could be more refreshing in the hot summer than a popsicle with an adult twist?
Summer Treat: Sangria Popsicles
Really, what could be more delicious in the summer than a popsicle with an adult twist?
“Spring is Nature’s Way of Saying Let’s Party!”
A garden stroll by Karla Jones Seidita
Saving Firefighter History
Fire trucks “Get into your Heart”
Sipping Back from the Pandemic
Checking in with some of the Piedmont’s wineries, breweries, and distilleries as they climb out of Covid
Off to the Races
The Art of Sam Robinson
People of the Piedmont: Marty Fair
“The music the guitars are capable of is what interests me the most.”
A Little “Cheerful” Goes a Long Way
More than décor, patrons of The Little Cheerful are treated to Watkins’ delicious home cooking and her solid gold heart of hospitality
Canine Security Staff
Livestock Guardian Dogs
Cake Bloom is a Celebration in Charlottesville
Flower adorned, all-natural, and undeniably cheery cakes made by owner Susan Sweeney.
Blue Door Kitchen
Fine Dining and First-Class Hospitality in Flint Hill
Flying Home Sweet Home
A Berryville couple creates artsy hand-crafted houses for our feathered friends
Unearthing History at Montpelier
Telling a more complete story
For a Cozy Night at Home
Salvaging and Creating
The Excitement of “Junk”
A Pie Can Save Your Life
Mom’s Apple Pie Company, where “Everything has to be yummy.”
A Tropical Oasis any Time of Year
Award-winning wine, chocolates, and tropical plants welcome guests to Glass House Winery
Mapping History with Eugene Scheel
Illustrating the Northern Piedmont’s Past and Present
Blue Whale Books
A Voluminous Historical Resource Thrives in the Piedmont
A Gift and A Responsibility
The Music of Andre Fox
Canine Blood Donations
People of the Piedmont: Sean Skinner
Sean Skinner, Custom Bike Builder
Georges Mill Farm is home to Sam and Molly Kroiz, eighth-generation Georges, and their popular farmstead cheese operation.
Two African American baseball greats born in the Piedmont
A Short Drive to a World Away
A world-class arts experience on a regional level.
Zoe Sumrall, Forest Technician, Virginia Department of Forestry
It’s been a memorable decade or two in the wine business…
Preservation of Loudoun County’s Historic Roads Takes Big Steps Forward
A powerful essay about longtime healing and refuge in Fauquier County by author James Reston, Jr.