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2016-11-28

The Elms Featured on Riparian Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to this historic home on the Emporia Riparian Woman’s Club Christmas Home Tour. We are excited that guests will have the opportunity to see this home located in the Town of Jarratt.

The Elms, aka the “Jarratt House”, in Jarratt VA, was originally built in 1833. Burned by Union soldiers in Dec 1864, it was rebuilt on the original footprint in 1866. It’s believed that the 14 inch solid brick walls of the 1st floor survived the fire. The home remained in the Jarratt family until 2012 but had been vacant for several years. It is currently being restored by Kurt Whitehead of Richmond VA. He is the son of Thomas and Cecelia Whitehead, who grew up in Greensville County and currently reside on Lake Gaston. Mr. Whitehead’s family connections to the area are extensive. He is the great, great grandson of Newitt H. Ferguson; one of five local Confederate men who participated in the Hicksford Raid. 

As you enter the grounds, there are two large antique iron urns on brick pedestals. The house, surrounded by massive magnolia and pecan trees, is a raised basement Greek Revival style with Italianate details. A basket weave pattern tumbled brick sidewalk leads to the columned porch and 2nd floor entrance. Since the house is still being renovated, only the 2000 sq. foot 2nd floor containing a hallway, living room, three bedrooms, two baths, and enclosed rear porch are on the tour. There are pine floors, 12 foot ceilings, and 3 of the 4 original fireplaces.

The home is furnished primarily with American Empire antiques from 1820s – 1860s, Victorian, and period reproductions. The walls are hung with antique prints, paintings, portraits and family photos. Throughout the house are many 19th century items like converted oil lamps, bronze and spelter statues, books, clocks, and girandoles.

Upon entering, you will be welcomed into a stately 12 x 38 foot hallway that runs from the front to rear of the house. The dark gray walls are offset by white woodwork, antiques, and artwork. Among the antique hallway furniture are pier tables, sofa, chairs, and a bookcase housing a collection of books printed in the 1800s and early 1900s.

In keeping with the original style, the living room is the most formal room in the house. Over the mantle hangs a 5 ft. x 7 ft. ornate mirror. There is a 12-light vintage French Empire chandelier. The Empire sofa is upholstered in archival reproduction fabric.  Of particular interest are an exceptional antique chair with ormolu mounts and a rosewood marble top cabinet. There is a collection of French ethnography prints from the late 1700s.

    

The bedrooms are furnished with antique and reproduction beds, marble topped dressers, chests, and other furnishings. 

Mr. Whitehead travels extensively for both work and leisure. He has acquired many antiques and decorative items on trips throughout the US, Europe, India, and Central and South America. The house is decorated with fresh and artificial greenery and seasonal décor. In the windows are custom made Christmas candles.  In the hallway is a Christmas tree decorated with ornament that were collected on his travels.

While the home contains 19th century furniture, it also has fully integrated 21st century technology. The house uses smart technology for the heating/AC, security, and entertainment systems. Using a phone App or accessing a computer allows the owner to adjust heating/AC settings, music, volume, and monitor security from any place in the world. 

The owner regrets that the first floor containing formal dining room, library, kitchen and pantry are not available for the tour but he hopes you will return again next year to see the completed home.

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two- year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

The tour will include the homes of David and Rosemarie Bland, Mike and Dawn Veliky and the Historic Masonic Lodge located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Capron), Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids, NC.

SADD Hosts Drug Free Week at Wyatt Middle School

Third Row: Savion Taylor, Uriaus Obey, Mrs. Belinda King, Officer Reginald Harris, Darius Harris; Second Row: Sponsor, Mrs. Joy Mitchell, Zavion Harding, Quadarius Nicholson, Deshawn Epps, Malik Patrick, Karmisha Ivey, Collejah Sanks; First Row: Justin Graham and Ja’Niyah Murphy

 

Edward W. Wyatt Middle School SADD Chapter hosted Drug Free Week October 24 - October 28, 2016. Monday, October 24th students received red ribbons to wear all week, “Saying No to Drugs and Bullying”. Tuesday, October 25th Officer Reginald Harris from the Emporia Police department observed students during their lunch period and chose a student making good sound choices on how to behave in a large group of their peers. Wednesday, October 26th, District 19, Social Services, and the Public Library donated literature to educate students on the things that can seriously harm them. Encouraging words were given to help support our young people. Thursday, October 27th, was Self Awareness Day, Mrs. Joy Mitchell, SADD Advisor, was in the hallway with hand held models of mouths with cancer to show the effects that smoking can have on the body. These surreal models show cancer sores and other diseases in the mouth caused by negative use of drugs and tobacco. Friday, October 28th during morning announcements students were provided with encouraging words about making choices as a child so that we can be productive citizens as adults. We do thank our local law enforcement officers for all they do.

Milton Thomas “Tommy” Crewe

Milton Thomas “Tommy” Crewe, 84, of Emporia, Virginia, was born on June 8, 1932 and passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Tommy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann Cash Crewe, his two sons, Jeff and wife, Dina of Suffolk, VA and Jerry and wife, Paige of Emporia; his grandchildren, Austin Crewe of Emporia, Emily Cyr and husband, Jordan of Aiken, SC and Morgan Crewe of Harrisonburg, VA. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Rose Tripp of Birmingham, AL and by special nephews, Trent Crewe of Wytheville, VA and Ron Crewe of New York City; also by nephews and niece, Barry and Allan Trippe and Rosanne Nichols of Birmingham, AL. Mr. Crewe was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Virginia Crewe and his brother, T. Guy Crewe. Tommy was devoted to his wife and children. He was a father who was always there for every event in his family’s life and was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was the owner of City Auto Supply for 24 years. Tommy was proud to be honored recently with the Ruritan Forever award by his Meherrin Ruritan Club. He was blessed to have had a loving and supportive family and many great friends. Tommy was known for his generous heart, wonderful sense of humor and incredible work ethic. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank his caregivers, Regena Deloatch, Jean Miller, Doretha Carrington, Annie Lee, Clara Edwards and many others for their wonderful care of Tommy during the past 14 months. Special thanks to the staff of Crater Community Hospice. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, November 27 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 28 at Monumental United Methodist Church where Tommy was an active member for 75 years. Interment with military honors will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. If you choose, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the church or to Meherrin Ruritan Club. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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