John and Beverly Sullivan’s historic Washington home, The Meadows, is the featured cover story in the June issue of the national magazine Old House Interiors.
The article, photographed and written by Rappahannock County residents Franklin and Esther Schmidt, depicts a full house tour and describes the history of the Sullivan house dating back to 1740 – making it one of the oldest structures in Rappahannock. The Sullivans purchased the house in 2004.
The Meadows – site of a Food Pantry fundraiser the evening of April 24 – has retained much of its historic architectural and structural integrity, but the Sullivans have brought the interior to life with bold colors, classic antiques, art works and an expansive collection of Haitian art. Beverly is a dealer in the colorful works of that island nation. John, group publisher of Atlantic Magazine, is currently the unopposed candidate for mayor of Little Washington.
The Schmidts are regular contributors to Old House Interiors, as well as a number of other magazines including Architectural Digest. This month, they also have the cover photograph on Cozy Cabins magazine and features in Victorian Homes, Log Home Living and Country Sampler. Their work was also recently featured in The Washington Post. Often on assignment throughout the country, they have made Rappahannock County their home since the 1970s and, among their upcoming assignments, are doing a travel piece on Rappahannock for a national magazine.
Esther Schmidt is a member of the recently appointed Rappahannock Tourism Advisory Group that is setting up the county’s visitor’s center.