Castles in the Sand
Partnerships in Restoring Oysters to Coastal Virginia

by Gabriella Hoard-West
photography by Mark Schwenk

In 2007, Allied Concrete Company, based in Charlottesville, partnered with The Nature Conservancy/Virginia Coastal Reserve and The Nature Conservancy/South Carolina Chapter to focus on finding a solution to attracting and fostering oyster settlement, attachment, and growth along the coastline. The Oyster Castle® is an easily deployed, specialized manufactured concrete unit using an environmentally friendly, certified blend of proprietary material.

Porch Perfect: How to Create a Welcoming Front Porch

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects
photography by Steve Buchanan, David Burroughs, Anne Gummerson, Durston Saylor, and Darren Setlow

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the front porch is the gracious handshake, welcoming family members and visitors, functioning as the welcoming platform to the surrounding neighborhood, and serving as the first, and sometimes only, impression for passers-by. When it exists on a house, the front porch presents the main facade for the home’s architectural style. The porch is the first space guests experience when they arrive at your doorstep and is an extension of the soul of the house and its homeowners. In that spirit, I’ve assembled a few tried-and-true front porch design strategies. These inspirations elevate a home’s curb appeal without breaking the bank. And even if you don’t plan on hosting visitors anytime soon, you might find a personal reason to refresh your front porch. Perhaps you’d like to create a cozy space for sipping your morning coffee, or you’d simply like to spend more time outside greeting neighbors. Whatever the reason, elevating your front porch is time well spent.

Building Business AND Community

From the Desk of Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Join Us in Celebration!

Our business community is still reeling from volatility in a post-pandemic, maybe-recessionary environment. Some sectors are booming, while others would be booming if only they could resolve the supply chain issues. Others are less bullish and struggle to hire staff and make ends meet. Sometimes it’s easy to forget to pause and reflect that we’re still here, and we’re still moving forward at an admirable clip.

Collecting with Ken

Birds of a Feather: History and Artistry
of Bird Decoys with
Antiques Roadshows
Ken Farmer 
Images Copley Fine Art Auctions

For most of America’s history, duck hunting was an unregulated activity. Many tales describe the sky blackened with vast flocks of birds migrating to the different waters of America, so dense that individual shots would take 50 or more birds down. Commercial hunting was so successful that conservationists and sportsmen were alarmed about declining wildlife populations in the late 19th century. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 made commercial hunting illegal by prohibiting the commercial sale of migratory birds.

This treaty resulted in a considerable drop in the demand for hunting decoys and the supply of ducks. Now, over 100 years later, collectors love to find mint-condition decoys from earlier periods.

Both regional carvers and large factories produced decoys. Like any other form of folk art, decoys that are the most artistically carved and painted are the most desirable. Specimens never placed in the water or “shot over” are in the best condition, while a working factory-produced model with a lot of wear can often cost less than $100.


When the Queen Came to Town
photography by Jim Carpenter
Jim Carpenter’s photographic Glimpse of Her Majesty’s visit to Charlottesville 46 Years Ago

Queen Elizabeth II (1926–2022), the longest-serving British monarch who held the throne for 70 years, died on September 8 at 96. The Queen visited the University of Virginia and Monticello in 1976 as part of a multi-city tour to commemorate the US bicentennial.

Who’s Who of REALTORS®

Please visit the Who’s Who of REALTORS® tab for the Fall 2022 Directory of the leading Real Estate Professionals in our area, including links to each member’s website and contact information. To become a member of “Who’s Who” contact Eden at or call 434-989-9668. albemarle’s Who’s Who of REALTORS® is published twice yearly, appearing in the April/May and October/November issues.

Are you a Real Estate Professional interested in becoming a member of the Who’s Who of REALTORS®? We are currently accepting new members. View details on the Who’s Who tab, and contact Eden at or 434-989-9668 to explore the benefits of this program.

All Creatures Great and Small
The Beagle

The beagle breed is a small scent hound, similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The beagle was developed primarily for hunting hare known as beagling. Alongside the Bloodhound and Basset Hound, the beagle has one of the best developed senses of smell of any dog.

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