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For over 135 years now this great old family home has been blessed with a variety of family weddings and events.
This weekend we are blessed to have the Magill Family return to the home of their Grandparents.
Crystal Magill will be wed today to Chris Jenkins on the same front lawn as her great grandmother Ellen Howe Bell married Orrin Magill in 1915.
Orrin and Ellen went to China with the YMCA and spent the majority of their early lives together there. Most of the children were born there and the family has grown up all over the world.
Her Grandfather Orrin Magill was born here at Rockwood on one of the families return trips from China.
We wish Crystal and Chris the very best in their future life together. Check out their wedding site . http://magillandjenkins.
On our basement wall is a scrolling signature of Elliott Hampton Howe in 1897. I always thought he was a cousin but did not know the ties.
Then I was able to read the book on the Howe Family “Listen to the Mockingbird by Col Daniel Dunbar Howe.
I was now able to put a tie to Elliott and learn of his storied fate. Elliott came from a family of soldiers and his duty to our country cost him his life.
He died for this wonderful country in France during the Meuse Argonne offensive of the First World War.
On October 11, 1918 this young cousins life ended so that our great Nation could continue.
We would like all to remember him on Memorial Day.
And now I can put a story to his signature and thank him for what he did.
Apparently our beautiful Italianate Architecture caught the eye of Marisa at BnBFinder.com and she has put us up on Pinterest under “Inn-triging B&B Architecture.
Thanks to my Great Grand-Parents Francis and Sarah Bell and their alliance with James Burkholder a architect from Lynchburg VA. His outstanding design is
unrivaled in this part of Virginia.
Kentland was the homeplace of James Randall Kent and his wife Mary Louisa ( Cloyd )Kent. Their daughter Sarah James Kent was the wife of Francis Bell and my Great Great Grandmother. She and Francis built the home Rockwood here in Dublin Virginia where they could be close to the railhead for shipment of cattle and farm goods to markets in the Big Cities. We today continue their legacy under the name Rockwood Manor Bed and Breakfast. To show how family names continue on both my Mother and Sister are named Sarah Kent. Kentland Farm is now owned by Virginia Tech as a experimental farm and is 3200 acres of the best farmland in Virginia.
The Link below is to a poster describing the upcoming event.
Surprise your sweetheart with a Romantic stay at Rockwood Manor. Stay with us on Friday night then enjoy Saturday at half price.
You may also add to your stay, a candle light Valentine dinner at the Manor.
If you wish for further entertainment, you can choose between a Ballroom Dance Club meeting or a Bluegrass concert next door at New River Community college .
Valentine’s Day is less than a week away~ make your plans now!
“Satisfaction” is known as the best Rolling Stones Tribute Band in the world and they are here at the Pulaski Theater on Friday July 29th.
The International Rolling Stones Show
Internationally acclaimed as the most authentic cast and production show available honoring the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band.
Las Vegas Sun-”Shined like the real Stones”
CBS News/New York-”A must see…you get Satisfaction”
Showbiz Magazine-”They have you in the aisles like Jumping Jack Flash”
Their website link is http://www.rollingstoneshow.com/
Rockwood Manor is pleased to see such a great event happen here. Come on down tonight and see them.
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.
It was wonderful!!!!!!!!!!
We left Roanoke after lunch on Thursday and it took Christina (great friend and bridesmaid) and I 8 hours to get to her family’s home in Queens. We stayed with her cousin, got up for breakfast with her parents (Mary and Dino) at a local diner, and headed into the city. By the time we had finished breakfast, her aunt showed up to inform us that she had seen the initial running on tv, with 200 ladies in line for the doors to open at 8 a.m.
We drove into the city, over the Queensboro bridge, and I started getting a little nervous. One of my other friends’ brothers,Phil, met us outside of Filene’s (photo), and was kind enough to park the car so we could get inside. It took him 45 minutes, and we were anxious to start our search anyway. However, since we arrived closer to 10:30, we walked straight in, and immediately started digging through the 2500 dresses!!!!!
After an hour of looking and trying on 20 dresses, I was getting a little frustrated with the other gals in the store bumping into us and there being no room. Everyone was VERY polite, but each bride had managed to bring an average of 3 people with her, so it was supercrowded. There were brides in all state of dress and undress running around, trying on and tossing aside things that didn’t fit……at one point, I saw a $5000 gown on the floor! The Filene’s store employees were great to try to get into the stacks of dresses and rescue and rehang them, so it worked out ok.
We actually left to get a bottle of water and regroup. Phil came back and he and I and Christina each took a section of the store, went to look for the sizes and specifications I had called out. Phil found my second place winner (photo), but it was too big and the seamstress advised against it. (There are seamstresses and drycleaners to help you see if a dress will work or not.) We kept on trying, and Christina actually found THE ONE! It is a beautiful Davinci gown, and I saved over $1200!!! It is not what I thought I was looking for, it is even better……I can’t wait for Rick to get to see me in it!
I could not have done the whole search without my team! It was smart to have a man along to just carry our gowns, since you pick out what you want to try, then find a corner of the store to try them on in. Christina kept handing me these beautiful gowns to try on…….AMAZING variety and selection, but it was a challenge to find them. Phil asked the store manager what the system was, and she said that they literally drive the truck up to the door at midnight before the event, and just unload the dresses onto the racks that they have cleaned out from the previous day and the regular store merchandise. You might be looking at a size 2 one minute and a size 26 the next, and they are NEVER near each other! That’s why the initial dash at 8:00 am is such a madhouse……ladies just grab the most they can and then trade, with signs and friends helping negotiate! I was glad to miss that part, but I did have my pink whistle so I could alert Christina and Phil when I was ready to try on. We tried to get a couple of pictures of the actual event, but it was difficult….I’ve attached a couple for the fun of it, but they are not great…..sorry for the blur!
I hope you guys are doing great, and can’t wait to see you again soon!!!!!!
Rockwood Manor Bed & Breakfast will have one of our Bride’s in Filene’s Basement World Famous Bridal Event
Brides-to-be come to the Running of the Brides® to find their dream dress at a bargain price. Whether you camp out overnight to be one of the first through the doors, or arrive later in the day for a less chaotic experience, by day’s end virtually every bride who comes here leaves with the wedding gown of her dreams (that she snagged for an unbelievable price) and a treasure trove of memories.
We would like to wish Steph good luck and happy hunting
from all of us here at Rockwood Manor.