Sperryville column for Nov. 7

A new life in Heritage Hollow

Molly and Mike Peterson of Heritage Hollow Farms celebrated their store’s opening weekend recently with countless well wishers, friends and, especially, close relatives joining in the celebration — including Molly’s mom, Suzee (a newly minted Rappahannocker), Barb Peterson (Mike’s mom, visiting from Rockton, Ill.) and Val Peterson (sister of Mike, visiting from Arlington).

From left at the new Heritage Hollow Farms store at the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex: Suzee McDonald, Mike and Molly Peterson, Barb Peterson and Valerie Peterson.Chris Green | Rappahannock News
From left at the new Heritage Hollow Farms store at the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex: Suzee McDonald, Mike and Molly Peterson, Barb Peterson and Valerie Peterson.

The business, which took over Mount Vernon Farm’s grass-fed beef, pork and chicken operations, is all of two weeks old and enjoying the success it deserves. Stop by the store, on the side of the Coterie building at the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex. The freezers are full, and the store is open 11 to 5 Thursday-Sunday (and Monday-Wednesday by appointment). Visit heritagehollowfarms.net for more details. And congratulations to Molly and Mike — we wish you all the best.

Back to life in Old Hollow

Dick McNear, a man much respected in Rappahannock, took on the old Attic Treasures store at Old Hollow Road and U.S. 211 as a special project. He opened the new Old Hollow Store in July, hoping it would become a favorite among locals but welcoming tourists as well, a place that invites and embraces a country attitude. It succeeded for most of the summer — but this being the country, where not all roads are paved in gold (if they’re paved at all), McNear closed the store a couple of months ago to reorganize and regroup.

The store is now enjoying an autumn rebirth. Under new manager Melinda Fisher, the shelves are stocked to the brim, the smells of homemade meals are in the air and the store is again open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Ask Melinda about her grandma’s chicken soup recipe with dumplings — they sold out of that really fast.) Breakfasts and lunches are reasonably priced at under $6, and dinner entrees (all under $10) are also a treat: fried chicken, seafood platters, homemade meatloaf and lasagna and weekly specials to boot.

When you’re out and about, running errands, thinking about places to stop for a quick bite or takeout, or a place to sit quietly at picnic tables and savor a signature Rappahannock Blue Ridge view, stop in and enjoy. Wifi is available and so is a fenced-in tot lot. Call 540-987-9099 for more.

The trout farm’s open again

Charles Butka of King George and grandson Jacob show off a catch at Skyline Trout Farm.Chris Green | Rappahannock News
Charles Butka of King George and grandson Jacob show off a catch at Skyline Trout Farm.

Skyline Trout Farm, on the edge of Shenandoah National Park in Old Hollow, reopened in September and is doing a brisk weekend business. If you stop by on a Saturday or Sunday (they’re open 9 to 4), you’ll see families with children, many of them repeat customers, as well as grandparents spending a special day with the grandchildren. On a recent visit with Kaye and husband Tom, who run the stocked ponds, I met Charles Butka and his wife, of King George, Va., who said they frequently make the trip with their grandsons Jacob and CJ, who were all smiles. Both boys have caught a number of fish, including gold and rainbow trout, and CJ reeled in a catch-and-release four-pound bass.

Skyline charges no fees for fishing but you keep what you catch (and pay $5 a pound); cleaning is available for 50 cents, and you can bring your own rod and reels or rent them. Bait is available, and there’s also a sport-fishing pond for catch-and-release bass and gill-fishing. If you’re looking for some fresh gold or rainbow trout for dinner and don’t want to catch it yourself, just call and order at 540-987-9438. Skyline expects to be open through December.

Chris Green
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Chris Green (formerly Chris Doxzen) is an an executive recruiter by profession who enjoys exploring and writing about all things Rappahannock. Friends and neighbors with potential stories for her Sperryville column should email her at chrisdoxzen@gmail.com.