In about 10 years,Virginia Chestnurs 1,000 trees will be fully mature, and should each produce 50 to 100 pounds of nuts a year. Photo by Stephen Barling

Restoration effort: The rebirth of the American chestnut

Nestled in Nelson County’s Lovingston hill country lie the orchards of one of the East Coast’s newest nut-growing operations, Virginia Chestnuts. Spanning 45 acres, the farmstead rests at the end of an isolated stretch of unpaved backroads that culminate in a steeply winding mile-long gravel driveway. Overlooking a series of knolls carved into the mountainside […]

Cherry Avenue Diner, run by Gordon Faulknier and his sons, Andrew and George, serves breakfast all day at affordable prices, as well as lunch and dinner offerings. Photo by John Robinson

Family ties: Fifeville diner feels like home

On a recent Tuesday morning, a frigid wind whipped through Charlottesville, but all was warm and cozy inside the Cherry Avenue Diner at 820 Cherry Ave. in Fifeville. Sparkly snowman decorations hung from the wall sconces lighting each wooden booth, and two waitresses bustled about behind the counter, one wearing a green elf apron and […]