Sassy Living Below the Mason-Dixon Line


‘Tis the Season — Almost!

The season has begun!  I know, Halloween was just  a moment ago, but at Wharf Hill in Smithfield, Virginia, an elegant open house today announced the official beginning of Christmas.   My friend Teri and I took the Jamestown Ferry to the Isle of Wright, and stopped in the historic area store, where country living and decor is raised to a high art.  (Think Martha Stewart meets Ralph Lauren on a chic sleigh ride.) They begin their holiday festivities the first weekend in November, so it seemed the whole town was in attendance.

Smithfield, you might know, is located on the Pagan River not far from Jamestown.  Famous for hams and other pork products, the town was established in 1752 by Arthur Smith IV as a seaport.  Wharf Hill is a nod to this illustrious past.  Take a look and better yet, take a trip!

 

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Post-Holiday Spree at Lucketts Vintage Store!

Have you ever been to Lucketts, Virginia?  It is between Winchester and Leesburg, and VERY charming.  I visited the vintage store over the holidays and I was completely enchanted.  According to the management, they have regular “pickers” who visit antique shows for inventory.  I found the items displayed in a careful and pleasing manner with an emphasis on design.

If you are looking for a fun winter getaway, this is the perfect day trip.  In the meantime, here’s a peak…

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Sassy Living on the Pagan River

Iconic homes.  Exquisite interiors.  Simply southern.  All my favorite things were on display in one place.

As part of my birthday weekend (and desire to make getting older completely “chic”), I went to the springtime Historic Garden Week House and Garden tour in charming downtown Smithfield, Virginia via the Jamestown Ferry.  Since it has been a while since Smithfield was on the tour, the grandest homes were featured.  Alas, interior photography was not permitted, so you will have to take my word on the great design, but I got a few cool pictures of the homes’ exteriors.

Nestled on the Pagan River, Smithfield was founded in 1750 by Arthur Smith IV.  The town has a harmonious blend of 18th and 19th century Colonial, Federal, Georgian and Victorian homes and buildings.  I was so charmed that I plan to go back as soon as possible — needless to say, I had the best ham biscuits EVER!

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