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The Forgotten Virginia :: Ripshin

The stonebuilt farmhouse is a rough stone cottage,
Hiding close against the hillside up a winding track. . .


~"Rainbow River" :: Vashti Bunyan

Here's the place I've tried to visit several times, only to pass right by it, and end up way out in the middle of nowhere. I wondered how that could be, how one could miss such a stately cabin. Turns out, it's just off a small side road. That's how I missed it.  A quick internet search will yield interesting information about its owner, writer Sherwood Anderson, and his adventurous life.  He's buried here in town, near the top of the Round Hill Cemetery.  I took Roan and Laurel out for a drive and a playground recently, and I paused here for photos and a couple apples.  Oh, that I had a stone house by a stream and a little cabin to write in.

Ripshin

Bark Siding

Ripshin

Good Apples

Historic Landmark

We toured this home and the little writing cabin in high school. I'd like to take the children here some time, though I'm not sure how one arranges a tour. Either way, walking around the exterior is a delight, too.

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A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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