Sassy Living Below the Mason-Dixon Line


Shop Local Day!

Saturday was “Shop Local Day” and I spent it browsing Winchester’s  very sophisticated gift/linen/china emporium — Kimberly’s!  This has been a favorite home decor haunt of mine for many years.

The owner, Kimberly Sowers, also runs a nearby children’s shop, and a new menswear store in General Sheridan’s former headquarters!  (Dear readers, he is a distant cousin of my great-great-grandmother Sarah Sheridan Ward, but let’s just keep that to ourselves.  General Sheridan was an unwelcome presence in Shenandoah Valley in the summer of 1864, and memories are very long if you catch my drift.)

Kimberly’s stocks my favorite Kate Spade, Gien and Juleska china, and the shop also has the most fabulous stationery, candles, scents, ornaments, linens (be still my heart), with a wide range of prices for any purse.  Kimberly is very fashionable herself, and has such refined taste that it would be worthwhile just to come in with your Christmas list and follow her lead.  Here’s a holiday peek …

 

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Glen Burnie!

Happy Labor Day!  I am enjoying an end of summer visit with my family in Winchester.  We toured the recently renovated Glen Burnie House & Gardens adjacent to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. On a gorgeous, peaceful day, it is hard to imagine that 150 years ago (plus a few), this was the site where Union and Confederate troops violently clashed.  The area traces its historical roots to George Washington and the early days of our Republic.

The Glen Burnie House sits on land that Winchester founder James Wood surveyed, claimed, and then settled in 1735. The oldest portions of the house were built by Wood’s son, Robert, in 1794 and 1797.  Take a look…

 

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