The History of Moonshine in Virginia: Sunday, December, 8 2013

The Rockfish Valley Foundation and Rockfish Valley Community Center present the real stories of the world of moonshine in Virginia, from the history of shine in the last decades to the stories of the three distilleries currently under development in Nelson.  Dan McCullough, retired revenue agent, reminisces about his long relationship with Rufus Overstreet, a famed fruit brandy maker from Bedford. Both McCullough and Morris Stephenson of Roanoke, VA will relate the stories of Nelson, Floyd , Pittsylvania, Nelson and backwoods Virginia.  Jim Taggart and Jeff Fletcher (Woodsmill Distillery), Dan FitzHenry (Virginia Distillery) and Denver Riggleman (Silverback Spirits Distillery) will discuss their new distilleries, which together will add to the spirit of Nelson County.    There will also be some of our Nelson 151 breweries, wineries and cidery offering refreshments.

 The History of
Moonshine in Virginia

Sunday, December 8, 2pm

$3 suggested donation for RVF or RVCC members
$5 all others

Historic Garden Week Nelson County Tour includes Spruce Creek Park and Natural History Center!

Sunday/Monday April 21 – 22, 10am to 4pm.

In addition to the houses and gardens on the tour, there will be special tours of the new exhibit at the Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center in Nellysford, Virgina. Stop at Spruce Creek Park to picnic and enjoy the new exhibit called Rocks to Racing. Directions and other information will be provided those riding busses to the homes and gardens. The center will be open both Sunday and Monday, April 21 and 22, from 10 to 4. Spruce Creek Park has picnic tables so bring your picnic and enjoy lunch by the water.

Rockfish Valley Foundation
1378 Rockfish Valley Highway,
Nellysford, VA 22958
Email: info [@]
Phone: 434 226 0446

South Rockfish Rural Historic District


Several members of the community have formed a committee under the Rockfish Valley Foundation to investigate a Rural Historic District designation for their area. It has been designated the South Rockfish Rural Historic District.

A rural historic district is a geographical area recognized for its historical significance by formal listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Listing an area as a Rural Historic District is an honorary designation that has real benefits in bringing communities together to protect their unique cultural, historic, and natural assets. It provides limited protection from certain Federal actions for buildings or landscapes in the district, as well as the possibility of tax credits for major building renovations.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources recommends submission of a Preliminary Information Form (PIF) for consideration before preparation of a full nomination. This is so the staff at VDHR can review and advise on the proposed historic district. The nomination will need to include a map with the proposed district boundaries as well as photographs of the primary resources that comprise the district.

Download the Preliminary Information Form (PIF) here

Download proposed district boundary map here


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