View from Skylark

Here is a painting done by Gray Dodson on site during the Skylark event. Gray is a Nelson artist.  This June 13 Skylark Farm hosted the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Gray S. Dodson, a Norfolk, Virginia native, spent the majority of her life in Virginia Beach before moving to Nelson County … Read more

Vernacular Architecture

The majority of early Nelson buildings were small one-room structures; memoirs and documents from this area substantiate this theory. The Shenandoah Valley provided different influences. Trading ties with areas west of the Blue Ridge brought Nelson County residents in contact with the Scotch-Irish and German artisans who demonstrated a willingness to experiment with form and … Read more