Autumn Leaves

photography by Robert Llewellyn •

This season creates the perfect setting for a sense of comfort, warmth, and reflection. Autumn is truly a beautiful month. The colors are warm and vibrant. The landscape somehow becomes richer, the fruits and food seem riper and easier, and the countryside truly becomes alive. Autumn is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the sun’s last bright rays and hear the crisp sound of dried leaves underfoot. Go for a walk on a foggy morning, and smell the smoke of a wood fire. Experience the gentleness of this season before the cold winter days set in.

Elements of Design

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

By understanding and applying seven time-tested design principles to your home’s design, you can create stunning spaces that rival those of the professionals.

Have you ever entered into a home and immediately felt a sense of calm? Maybe you weren’t able to articulate precisely why the space brought about that feeling, but everything just felt right. Homes are often beautiful because of the feeling they invoke, not because of the amount of expensive artwork or designer upholstery they encompass. This feeling is likely due to a talented designer who made proper use of interior design principles. So how can a non-designer create beautiful spaces in their own home? By understanding and applying these seven time-tested design principles to your home’s design, you can create stunning spaces that rival those of the professionals.

Collecting with Ken — Southern Pottery​

with Antiques Roadshow’s Ken Farmer •

In the 1970s, early in our collecting journey, my wife Jane and I were introduced to Southern pottery. Then and now, dealers who bought out of private homes were called “pickers” or “door knockers.” One of my house buys was a pair of stoneware canning jars, painted red and filled with sand, that were standing on either side of a lady’s front door. I think I paid $40 for the pair and rushed home to strip off the paint, to find a matched pair with cobalt blue decoration and no chips or cracks.

That little pair of crocks encouraged us to learn about local and Southern pottery. Many eighteenth and nineteenth century potters traveled down what was called “The Great Wagon Road” from Pennsylvania and Maryland to Southwest Virginia and other areas further south. These craftsmen were mainly of Germanic descent, and they brought their artistic traditions with them. The earliest European influenced pottery pieces in America were made of redware, sometimes called earthenware, and included figural and utilitarian items sometimes brightly painted or glazed. Later in the early nineteenth century, the clays used produced stoneware, a denser material that fired hotter and brighter than redware.

A Preservation Legacy

From a Tragedy Comes a Triumph

by Cindy Sabato, Communications Adviser, The Piedmont Environmental Council

When Bob and Carroll Gilges retired in 1996 from a life filled to the brim with the adventures and demands of career, raising three daughters, travel, and many moves, they found their slice of heaven in the heavily wooded northern slope of Buck’s Elbow Mountain, mere miles from the Shenandoah National Park and along the bank of the Moormans River in Albemarle County’s historic Sugar Hollow and near White Hall.
Puppy Run Farm’s 670 acres of undeveloped splendor can be seen from three miles away at the top of Buck’s Elbow and from the Moormans River Overlook on Skyline Drive. Hikers driving out to the Sugar Hollow Reservoir Trailhead can view the farm for miles along rural Sugar Hollow Road. The farm fronts more than 3,000 feet of the Moormans River, a designated Virginia Scenic River, which along with other tributaries on the farm—including Puppy Run and Porterfield Branch—supply drinking water for the City of Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County.

albemarle Magazine’s Who’s Who of REALTORS®

The Fall 2020 Directory of leading Real Estate Professionals in our area, representing the best Virginia has to offer, from homes and estates to farms and commercial properties. For Who’s Who of REALTORS® members’ current listings and to discuss your property needs, links are readily available at

Building Business and Community

An Update on Project Rebound: Initial Findings

A letter from Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

With the transition of the seasons this year, we also see tremendous transformations in our business community. While some of our industries have remained steady or have grown during COVID, the majority of them have suffered considerable losses in revenue. At the Chamber, we are convening groups every day to share resources and best practices to help our region recover and expand economically.

Since the stay-at-home order announced in March, there have been significant shifts in how consumers spend their hard-earned dollars. Albemarle County finally saw a small uptick in shopping starting in June, unlike Charlottesville, which still lags. People are still shopping, and the real growth in sales is in outlying jurisdictions, where former commuters into Charlottesville and Albemarle are now shopping closer to home. Surrounding counties continue to see significant, double-digit increases in sales activity, particularly at large “big box” stores such as Walmart, Lowe’s, and Home Depot. These shifts in consumer habits (and the resulting tax implications) will be significant for years to come and necessary to consider as municipalities’ set budgets for the future.

October is Virginia Wine Month

A hint of a chill enlivens the air, and the foliage bursts with brilliant color. Glasses everywhere are raised to celebrate the harvest. This month-long celebration is the perfect time for wine lovers to enjoy world-class wines while exploring our Commonwealth’s stunning landscape, rich history, and fine dining. Choose a vineyard or a weekend. Plot out the perfect itinerary, or follow wherever the road takes you. Don’t miss out on exciting events and special promotions taking place during October Virginia Wine Month!

Harvest Party • October 17

Harvest Party is a new Virginia tradition, celebrating the richness of our region. Throughout the Commonwealth, people in the city, the country, and on the shore gather in restaurants, vineyards, homes and open fields for a feast of Virginia-grown food and wine. Toast the richness of our region, and celebrate what makes us, us.

Perfect Old-Fashioned Virginia Harvest Apple Pie

Fall brings incredible flavors to your plate, as autumn marks the beginning of Virginia’s harvest period.What is one of the most favorite comfort foods in the fall? A warm slice of apple pie can soothe your taste buds for the chilly autumn months. This is the quintessential American comfort food. Find the recipe, courtesy of Byrd Mill Co. (, in our current issue, or click here:


All Creatures Great and Small

photography by Robert Llewellyn •


One for sorrow,

Two for mirth,

Three for a wedding,

Four for a birth,

Five for silver,

Six for gold,

Seven for a secret never to be told,

Eight for a kiss,

Nine for a wish,

and Ten for a bird you must not miss.


Crows and ravens have been featured throughout fables, literature, and popular culture as mysterious birds of intrigue.

Albemarle Magazine


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