Needed: A New Family for Holcomb Rock

A new chapter for Holcomb Rock:

My children's father, Tom Berkeley, and I saved Holcomb Rock in 1983. We scraped the exterior paint, treated the clapboards with a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine before painting it, fixed the holes in the walls and the floors, added heat, added plumbing.

My children grew up there. Now at least part of the work and much of the work I had hoped to complete needs doing. The house is much too big for either of us, and is silent without the sound of play and visitors.

Our chapter at Holcomb Rock is over, and now we are looking for the next family for a house that has always had families and has out survived all but a few.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

James River

Rowing on the James.

The Givens family once  lived in the house. They currently  own the book store in Lynchburg.  The story was (from Mr. Givens) that they meant to fix the house up, but spent too much time playing on the river. Mr. James Meriwether reported having a dock on Persimmon Island below the house. His wife , Margaret visited at one time, and immediately began working on the path that they had always used to get to the river.

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