To the Schoolhouse.

Insert Christina here.

I feel as though I’ve stepped into a Wyeth painting whenever we visit The Plains, VA.

Our primary goal was to scout for German–style double bass bows at Thomas Andres Wolf’s gorgeous studio in the historic Schoolhouse.

Mr. Wolf builds & restores the most beautiful upright basses & fortepianos.

He also happens to be a wonderful storyteller & generous with his time, to boot. In fact, I have to exercise great restraint when we stop by because I pretty much want to photograph every nook of his workshop.

Following a tour of the Schoolhouse, we had lunch at Gerhart Von Finck’s Piedmont Vineyards, which I’ve blogged about here.

The best spot to enjoy a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon is in the shade of this tree, overlooking a pond. Guests sometimes bring their dogs & it’s a hoot watching them splash about in the water. (The dogs, not the guests.)

Bonus treat for the sci-fi geek:¹ Riding the Gen. Jubal Early – the last operating ferry on the Potomac River. Shiny.

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If you click on the inset images, you’ll get a better view.

¹ That would be me.
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