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Roseanna M. White IS A CHRISTY FINALIST!!!

Winners on the 5 Year Anniversary of the Colonial Quills blog are: Joan H. Hochstetler Perfect Pies goes to Rhonda and Noorthkill goes to Kim Hansen, Roseanna M. White Bev Duell-Moore, Carla Gade Audio of Pattern for Romance winner Rachel Dodson,Shannon McNear Pioneer Christmas won by Melissa Petterson, Carrie Fancett Pagels winner book of choice/earrings/bookmarks/postcards goes to Katie Edgar, Angela Couch's Mail Order Revenge goes to Andrea Byers, Denise Weimer's winner is Joan Arning! Congrats all!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Shirley Plantation at Christmas

Shirley Plantation Great House - Christmas
If you are looking for a wonderful place to visit that can offer up a true taste of colonial Virginia, look no further than Shirley Plantation in Charles City.  



Gift Shop at Shirley Plantation, Christmas tree
Located between Richmond and Williamsburg, along the river, it is a lovely drive up Highway 5 in the countryside to arrive at Shirley.  Open to the public now for over fifty years, Shirley is currently accessible to visitors throughout the week. Tours, such as schools, also can be arranged by contacting Janet Appel, Director, at Shirley Plantation.


This time of year, the gift store is full of all kinds of goodies, including a great assortment of jams made especially for Shirley Plantation.  Artwork, books, jewelry, dishes, ornaments, and more can be found on location. 

The lion greets guests!
This beautiful plantation is still an operational farm and family-owned.  Five original structures are open for viewing. After parking, visitors enter through the Queen Anne style forecourt.  Two brick structures flank the left and two flank the right.  At the center and top of the forecourt is the Great House.  Two original flankers are no longer present on the property.  


Christmas tree in the kitchen.


Decorated for Christmas, this year the kitchen held the Christmas tree. I have a manuscript, out on submission, set at Shirley Plantation and going there is like a Christmas gift to myself!



Colonial fare displayed in the kitchen building.

A feast was being prepared in the kitchen building. I am going to admit that Julian Charity, the historian, Janet Appel, and the delightful Randy Carter and I did not partake of our luncheon in the kitchen (it is all replicas of authentic colonial food!)  A beautiful display, though!


And in closing...(From the Shirley Plantation Facebook page For a gift that lasts all year long...a Shirley Plantation Foundation membership starts at just $40.00! Call 1-800-232-1613 or visit www.shirleyplantation.com for information.

Bio: Carrie Fancett Pagels is owner/administrator of Colonial Quills.  She writes "romantic" historical fiction and is represented by Joyce Hart.  Carrie is the ACFW MidAtlantic Zone Director.  She also has an international group blog "Overcoming With God."

12 comments:

  1. Looks like a wonderful place to visit Carrie, full of wonderful moments of history from colonial Virgina! You can be our tour guide should we ever be blessed to travel to the US! :)

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  2. It is gorgeous there! Really brings your story to life for me, Carrie. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures and thanks again for allowing me to read your MS. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks again for being a magnificent Beta reader, Debbie! God bless you!!! And so glad these pics helped you picture where Carter "lives."

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  3. Thanks for sharing all the lovely pictures, Carrie. The James River Plantations are fascinating.

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    1. When are we gonna tour them together? We have to set up a date! I love going out there and Shirley is my favorite.

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  4. Sigh, another reason to wish I lived in the East instead of central Kansas. Beautiful tour! Thank you.

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    1. If you ever make it here, Judith, you have to go visit!

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  5. Wow. It is simply stunning. I wish I didn't live so far away!! But I enjoyed the pictures so much. LOVE seeing where Carter lives... I can picture him there!

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    1. Thanks, MaryLu! Being out there makes my story so real to me, and since it is inspired by some of the real life Carter family members, it is even more fun to visit!

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  6. Wow, what a wonderful and productive way to enjoy Christmas. Carrie, you got to soak up some colonial Christmas cheer and did some research along the way. Sounds like a great day! Hope your Christmas was just as wonderful!!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Wonderful Christmas after several sad ones. Thank you! I pray yours was as well!

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