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The paintings of William Woodward

The grounds and mansion of Long Branch over the mountain in Millwood are now open to the public, the better to walk while enjoying and maintaining a safe social distance.

The historic house and galleries are open for self-guided tours and viewing of the art exhibit. All guests must wear masks while inside the house and no more than ten people will be permitted in the house at a time. The art of legendary painter and teacher, William Woodward, will be on exhibit in the galleries through August. The exhibit titled “Recent and Retrospective Drawings and Paintings 1967 -2020,” includes a significant number of older works, large scale sketches and various paintings from a wide range of subjects and times. All works are offered for sale with a portion of proceeds going to benefit Long Branch.

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Community Cooks featured the Fauquier County 4-H-raised ground beef in taco salads that were delivered as grab and go meals to families in need.

Before school was cancelled for the year, the Fauquier County 4-H program had planned to offer a Poultry Service Learning Project for youngsters to raise chickens that would provide extra protein sources to local food banks. Thirty signed up to receive 60 broilers and 190 layers.

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and American Heritage Farm provided funding for the birds and feed while the participating families provided housing, labor, and any other supplies needed to successfully raise chickens. The Fauquier Extension office kicked off the project with training for all participating families to ensure that they had the necessary knowledge to take care of
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Thompson Family
Cindy and Mark Thompson with their daughters at their historic Corotoman farm near Upperville.

Local residents Cindy and Mark Thompson have recently completed a 60.9 acre land conservation easement agreement with the Land Trust of Virginia (LTV) in conjunction with the Mosby Heritage Area Association (MHAA) to ensure that a portion of their historic “Corotoman” farm, is forever protected.

This property is the most recent conservation easement donated to LTV. When looking for ways to ensure that the stunning scenic views and history of the property would be here for future generations, Mark Thompson and his sister, Ann Thompson, concluded the best way to accomplish this goal was by entering into a protective conservation easement agreement. According to Mark, “everyone in the community benefits from open space and the preservation of our history. Hopefully, this will inspire others in our community to put their properties into easement.”

The Thompson Property is in Loudoun County, located 2.2 miles northeast of Upperville. One of the most significant public benefits of the agreement will be the permanent protection of scenic open space. The property is highly visible with road frontage on three public
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