Warrenton Is Going to the Dogs

Warrenton’s dog owners (and those who wish they were) are in store for a treat on Nov. 18 when the town’s first dog park opens at 10 a.m.

Located past the lower 5th Street parking lot along the Warrenton Greenway the park will be open daily, from dawn until dusk.

The opening will involve a ribbon cutting ceremony and some giveaways for dog owners who attend.

More information at the Fauquier Times.

Video Tour: 8131 Twin Oaks Lane in Culpeper

Twin Oaks equestrian property, beautifully renovated farmhouse meticulously renovated. Gorgeous kitchen with granite, bath for each bedroom, lots of nice architectural details. 1BD, 1BA guest cottage. 4 stall barn with wash stall. Board fenced paddocks. Equipment shed and run-in. Contact me for a showing: http://ucpiedmont.com/contactus.htm

Home Prices Bounce Back

A new report from Zillow indicates that home prices have really rebounded since 2007. According to the study, more than half of U.S. homes are worth as much or more than they were at their 2007 peak. The study revealed several interesting points:

  • The share of U.S. homes worth more than they were prior to the recession reached 52.6 percent in August.
  • Less than half (47 percent) of homes valued in the bottom third nationally were worth the same or more than their prior highs, while 52.5 percent of the middle third and 53.8 percent of homes valued in the top third were.
  • The U.S. Zillow Home Value Index grew 6.9 percent year-over-year in August to reach $201,900, while the U.S. Zillow Rent Index climbed 1.9 percent to $1,430.

Another interesting note shows that inventory continues to drop. This, in addition to buyer confidence, could be contributing to the value increases.

Source: Zillow

Fall Fun Abounds in the Piedmont

Autumn is one of the most amazing seasons in our area. With so many trees along the mountains and hills, we get beautiful fall colors when the leaves change, and the temperature is perfect — not too cool.

It’s also a great time for festivals.

For example, this weekend is the 38th annual Warrenton Oktoberfest at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with an German oompah band, carnival games, corn hole competitions, a petting zoo, face painting, moon bounces, a silent auction, vendors and raffles.

And don’t forget Haunted Hollow, a haunted trail outside town.

Learn more from Fauquier Now.

Microspots Discussed as Possible Rural Internet Solution

As beautiful as our area is for everyday living, some people complain about the limitations when it comes to reliable internet. The hills and hollows make it difficult for signals to travel, and services like DSL have yet to make it out our way.

A new plan to install “microspots” in Culpeper, Orange and Madison counties  has earned Virginia Broadband a grant from Microsoft. Microspots are a series of utility poles that relay wireless internet service into isolated areas.

According to the Star Exponent:

The company currently uses about 30 of these mini-towers; the grant will allow the installation of nine more at a cost of about $10,000 each, according to Robert Sullivan, VABB’s CEO/president and an original founder of the company. Most of VABB’s Microspots are in the Northern Neck; however, Culpeper County currently has two.

 

 

Culpeper Continues to Draw Visitors

People who visit Culpeper are usually very impressed by the shops, restaurants, friendly people and surrounding countryside. It’s no surprise, then, that the U.S. Travel Association reported that Culpeper tourism increased 5.1 percent last year.

In an article for the Culpeper Times, Paige Read, Director of Tourism and Economic Development for the Town of Culpeper, said:

“Visitors to Culpeper are drawn to our historic downtown with boutique shopping and culinary arts. Culpeper’s history and heritage continue to attract people from across the country, and our growing agritourism industry delivers authentic local experiences.  Culpeper continues to grow as a destination, and the numbers prove this.”

The state has actually put forth a big effort to promote Virginia as a tourist destination. According to the USTA, tourism in Virginia in 2016 generated $24 billion in travel spending. Tourism also supported 230,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and $1.7 billion in state and local taxes.

I can personally attest to the draw of beauty of our area, including the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge mountains, Warm Springs and other natural resources.

 

This Weekend: Piedmont Harvest Fest

Fall is a special time in our part of the country. The weather cools down and the trees turn amazing colors. It’s also a time for our fall and seasonal festivals.

The Piedmont Harvest festival is being held this Saturday from 10am to 4pm at the Fauquier Fairgrounds: 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton, VA 20187.

According to Fauquier Now, “the Piedmont Harvest Fest is an indoor and outdoor event at the Fauquier Fairgrounds that features live demonstrations, animals, local artisans, a pumpkin sling-shot, face painting, farm equipment, food, local businesses and more.

Seed and Plant Giveaway in Marshall

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 east of Marshall, Virginia, the Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a free “Flower Seed Saving Demonstration and Plant & Seed Giveaway.”

Master Gardener Peggy Schochet will discuss perennial seed saving, and afterwards, Master Gardeners will share plants and seeds they have harvested.

What is seed saving? According to Wikipedia:

seed saving (sometimes known as brown bagging) is the practice of saving seeds or other reproductive material (e.g. tubers) from vegetables, grain, herbs, and flowers for use from year to year for annuals and nuts, tree fruits, and berries for perennials and trees.

To register for this event or for more information, contact the Master Gardener group at 540-341-7950, extension 1, or email helpdesk@fc-mg.org.

Source: Fauquier Now

Visit Shenandoah National Park for Free This Friday

The National Park system turns 101 this Friday, so the government is offering free admission across the nation’s parks, including our state treasure, Shenandoah National Park.

One of our area’s true assets, Shenandoah National Park extends along the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the famous Appalachian Trail. The park features forests, wetlands, waterfalls and hiking spots like Hawksbill and Old Rag mountains.

Click below for a map and directions to the park:

Featured Listing: Virginia Recreational Property

Considering that United Country has been promoting “recreational properties” in Colorado and Mississippi, here’s one from our neck of the woods. Call me at 540-229-7760 for more information. Click here for the listing.

114 acres in two separate parcels located in Virginia’s northern Piedmont. Research of the Fauquier County land records for this historic land date back to 1723 when the original patent was issued to Thomas Furr from the Lord Fairfax Estate. The western and southern boundaries are the original 1723 patent lines. The old house site, where the remnants of the chimney are today, is circa 1780. There is a significant spring, Moses Cummings Spring, that is referenced in numerous deeds located on the eastern boundary. The land been painstakingly rehabilitated it to it’s current state, with 2.5 miles of perimeter fence, several new farm out buildings. Hunting and recreational opportunities abound, deer and turkey take advantage of the fields, wooded glades and beautiful streams and springs. Close to commuting routes to Northern Virginia, including VRE in Manassas VA.