Mother and I met a wonderful man, Ralph Casey, and his friend driving a covered wagon from Georgia to Washington, DC with a mission to get answers for small businesses everywhere. Are you sick and tired of America taking care of everyone in the world and not being there for our own small business people or even our veterans? We are what made America great and yet we are being taxed and regulated to death.There are 1000′s of small businesses in America that simply need some of the incentives to create jobs that have been given to bailout many large and inefficiently run businesses. Running a government like any other business would be a good start and trimming back that government to what our forefathers had envisioned and allowing the private sector to move on and create jobs without all the interference and regulation is what we need now. Follow Ralph Casey on Facebook and look for his wagon. He just came through Pulaski Va on Route 11 today
This past weekend we held two wonderful weddings here at Rockwood Manor Bed & Breakfast. The weather cooperated on both Saturday and Sunday and they were wonderfully attended. We would like to congratulate both couples and wish them the very best in their lives together. Such a fine start to life together!!!
Being a part of “Round the Mountain” and watching it grow into a viable organization for showcasing the natural and
cultural heritage in the Music, Art & Crafts of our 19 county region of Southwest Virginia has been a exciting journey.
The soft opening of “Heartwood” was held last Sunday May 15th to an awed crowd and I will have to say it is an amazing
structure inside and out. The buildings’ design incorporates a barn like appearance along with some truly wonderful
cabinet work for showcasing the arts and communities in our region is beyond comparison.
Well done and we thank the hard work and efforts of the Board of “Round the Mountain” and the future home of
“The Crooked Road” as well as all the other contributors to this project.
Check them out at this link
Roots of American Music Tour
Presented by The Crooked Road, Heartwood and Blue Ridge Traditional Arts
7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30)
$12 in advance or $15 at the door
Music from Ireland, Africa and The Blue Ridge:
Cheick Hamala Diabate
The Roots of American Music is a tour of 12 concerts celebrating the permanent exhibit of the same name opening May, 2011 at the Blue Ridge Music Center, located at Milepost 213 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Galax, Va.
Roots of American Music salutes our region’s creation of the first truly American sound. Hear what happened when the European violin met the African banjo in an unforgettable performance by some of the finest Irish, African and Blue Ridge Mountain musicians playing today. Jig dancing, old ballads, uilleann piping, the griot’s twang; it is all here.
After the wonderful visit here by Homer and Linda Hickam and then recently receiving their newsletter with such a glowing description of their visit: Dear Gentle and Prodigious Readers:
We’ve posted our newsletter on my blog with LOTS of photos and news.
Hope you enjoy it.
Our family here feels such deep concern for them and the People of Alabama who have been so badly hurt in last nights storms. Our own Pulaski town and Draper were hit by tornadoes in one of the recent waves and though we too have experienced the destruction I cannot put in word what it must feel to those who have lost loved ones today.
Mike McMillion and his bike shop are now posed at the entrance to the Dora Trail in the now reconstructed Historic
Pulaski Train Station. It was so good to hear of a bike trail like the Dora and New River now having ties to a local bike shop.
Rochelle and Frank just returned from the 12th annual McGlothlin Awards at Radford University and what a wonderful event it was! Teachers are such a wondrous gift to the children of the world and to see them honored in such a great way made my heart jump. Thank you to Thomas McGlothlin and his family Foundation. Thank you to Radford University and to Blue Ridge Public Television for the educations they supply us all on a daily basis. And Thank you to Homer Hickam for the insightful stories about his teachers and their inspiration to him.
The best part of the Awards was the fact that one of our local girls who graduated from RU and teaches at Belview Elementary in Montgomery County VA won. Congratulations to Lisa Taylor. Keep up the good work and enjoy your travels.
Also due congratulations is the secondary winner Liz Phillips from Wallace Middle School in Washington County Va. And to the finalists in both categories and all the other teachers who inspire children everyday we thank you.
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.
It is such a pleasure to continue the working farm tradition here at Rockwood Manor. Our family forefathers came from Scotch Irish roots and raising cattle was second nature to them. What better business to start here in the New World. Following in the footsteps of these various frontier families where many of their fortunes were based on the cattle industry. Cloyd’s , Kents, McGavocks, Buchanans, and others built up considerable wealth and we often tell our guests that it was the cows that built Rockwood.
Frances Bell was an adept cattle trader and as such traveled the Valleys of Virginia bringing cattle back to his home farm in Swoope, Augusta County, Virginia which he ran with his brother Samuel Hays Bell. In his travels to the New River Valley he met and learned from master trader James Randal Kent who was married to Mary Cloyd and lived at Buchanans’ Bottom ( now known as Kentland and owned by Virginia Tech) J.R. Kent was the wealthiest man in Montgomery County. He had five daughters and Frances (b1820) married Sarah James Kent (b1824) in 1855.
In a wonderful book “Virginia’s Cattle Story” The First Four Centuries by Katherine Brown & Nancy Sorrells the real story of cattle in American history outlines the bringing of the cattle to Jamestown and Williamsburg. From there various breeds were imported and some cattle were actually first exported back to England by great grandfather Frances Bell and sold as “Pulaski Beef”. His sons escorted shiploads of cattle and that sounds like a job to me. A picture of Rockwood Manor and story of “Fat Cattle” can be found on page 147-8.
The home here went from strictly raising beef to become a dairy in the early 1900′s and now we are back to raising beef again. The cows are very curious creatures with a wonderful herding instinct and our guests really enjoy their presence. You will too.