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Rockwood Manor is honored to be a part of the Virginia Tech/Maryland Football Raffle in support of the Angel Fund.

While remembering the tragic event at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007 and supporting the Angel fund ~ We are honored to have been included in this thoughtful offer donated by a former 1986 Virginia Tech Alumnus. This offer included 2 tickets to the November 2013 VT/MD Football game, one night at Rockwood Manor B&B and $50 cash meal/gas allowance.

This kind offer was made courtesty of Wilson Asphalt Mainenace LC.

The Angel Fund is a positive influence in our community and others, as their mission is to help young people that battle issues in every day life. Their goal is to help give solutions and support with the difficulties young people face daily. More importantly they bring awareness to communities and schools, desiring to create safe environment for young people.

You will be moved by the many areas that are touched by the Angel Fund. We encourage you to learn more by visiting their website and reading their newsletters at  http://www.angelfundva.org

 

 

Memoirs From Redd “The Red Chair Travels”.

MEMOIRS FROM REDD “THE CHAIR”

What a beautiful time to be in Southwest Virginia!!  I was picked up at Ikenberry Orchards by my next tour guides, Frank and Rochelle, and I have never seen such a variety of apples!!  There were apples I had never heard of but they were deee-licious.

 

We left the orchard and headed south on I-81 to Roanoke.  There sure were a lot of trucks on this road.  Since we were on a time crunch we were not able to visit the huge star atop Mill Mountain but I did get to see the famous Hotel Roanoke as well as the O. Winston Link Museum which hosts hundreds of pictures of trains.

 

As we traveled further south on I-81 I was able to take in the beauty of the leaves changing to their brilliant fall colors.  I saw reds (my favorite since they matched me), golds, oranges, and yellows as well as greens and browns.

 

When we arrived at Rockwood Manor Bed and Breakfast in Dublin, VA I was exhausted but not too tired to take in the beauty of this historic gem as we drove up the tree lined driveway.  I thought I was going to be in a remake of the movie Gone With the Wind.  WOW!!  Fortunately my hosts sensed how tired I was and put me straight to bed in one of the  guest rooms.

 

The next morning I woke to a cloudy, rainy day so I was able to spend the morning just looking around this huge 10,000 square foot home.  But in the afternoon the weather had cleared up and I was able to explore the New River Valley.

 

 

 

 

My first stop was at New River Community College where I saw wind generators and solar panels.  This small college is exploring alternative energy sources and they offer classes based on this.

 

We traveled to Pulaski to see a huge model train set that has recently been acquired by the town.  A scale model of Pulaski Town that is amazing to see. We also took in the restored train station with Bike Pulaski and entrance to the “New River Trail”. A 57 mile long Rails to Trails path. Nearby was Historic Calfee Park  home of the Mariners training team.

That evening I was tempted to get in the Jacuzzi but thought better of it since it may have loosened up my joints too much.

 

On Thursday morning I awoke to a foggy morning but no precipitation so my hosts took me to Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech.  Go Hokies!!!  There were so many students headed in so many different directions it made my rungs spin.

 

Then I went to the football stadium.  That place is HUGE!!! It holds 65,000 fans on a Saturday home game and it is packed.  The head football coach, Frank Beamer, has been coaching his alma mater for 27 years and is well respected in the football community as well as his local community.  I had the opportunity to read his book Let Me Be Frank before I went to bed.  What a super person he is!

 

On the way back to Dublin I got to sit by the cool waters of the New River.  Did you know that this river flows from south to north unlike most rivers in the northern hemisphere?  I have learned so much on my travels.  I wanted to dip my legs in the water but it was a little too chilly for that.

 

Tonight is Halloween and I am looking forward to the costumes that may come to the door.  I will have lots of candy to give out but I also get to eat any that is left over.  Yum! Yum!

 

 

 

Tomorrow I travel to my next destination, the Inn at River Bend.  I can’t wait to see more of this beautiful valley and learn more about the history that abounds here.

 

Thanks to my hosts, Frank and Rochelle, for showing me around this area.  I look forward to seeing the rest of the country and seeing more sites.

 

Dictated by Redd to Frank and Rochelle        October 29-31, 2013

 

Rising from the Ashes into a New One World Trade Center at 1776 Feet.

Only in America can one wake in the morning to see a ABC News report on the top spire of the new One World Trade Center being set in place to soon make history as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. And as part of that report learn that a local Lynchburg Virginia company “Banker Steel”  supplied the custom designed steel for the foundation of that new structure. Top that with the fact that I was about to serve breakfast to the owners Don & Carol Banker and another wonderful couple from St Petersburg Russia. The conversation was wonderful and so informative. I learned that not only did the supply steel for the new Tower but the prior owner had supplied steel for the Twin Towers. I had no idea there was such a firm as Banker Steel in Lynchburg but then our home Rockwood Manor was designed by Robert Burkholder and built by a Pettijohn and both came from Lynchburg and we too believe our home was finished in 1876 and showed that though we had lost the Civil War we could still do Grand Things.

God Bless America!
One World Trade Center

Engagement in the Snow at Rockwood Manor Bed and Breakfast

Tripp Bell and Rachel Sparrow

We were blessed by the visit of Tripp Bell and Rachel Sparrow last evening and their engagement was announced at the breakfast table this morning as the snow started coming down. What a wonderful announcement and such a lovely couple. An interesting fact is that Tripp is Francis Bell the sixth and as such the namesake of our GGGreat Grandfather and builder of this home Rockwood Manor.

April 12th a Day of Firsts

150 years ago the first shot of the Civil War was fired. The first Russian Cosmonaut  50 years ago. First space shuttle was launched 30 years ago. Also the first visit by Homer Hickam here at Rockwood Manor Bed and Breakfast. The auther of the Rocket Boys/ October Sky and now The Dinosaur Hunter which I just started reading. Interesting how the NASA Engineer who started life changes with his facination of Sputnik crossing the October Sky is here on this anniversary of so many accomplishments.

The Rocket Boys

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