One night in the small town of Lovettsville, Virginia a story began to unfold. This is a teeny, tiny hamlet of 1500 residents and one seven eleven store, one BB&T bank and a recreational center.
Ryan homes are building the community center which will eventually contain something like 1500 new homes in the Lovettsville Town Center. It used to be all farm land, now there are all these vineyards and empty lots on the enchanting rolling hills of the Appalachian foothills nestled between Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The land is majestic, the trees drape over the roads forming an unusual tunnel of green and brown. The Potomac River slices through the valley like a soothing, lazy stream of blue heaven complete with rocks and sand. See the website http://www.lovettsvilleva.gov/ for details.
This community is a slice of paradise some might say. In my opinion Americans take it all for granted.
We have clean air and water and perfect environmental conditions without too much development (yet). It has not been overly discovered by all those retiree’s from Washington D.C. and New York. Mostly only tourists come here on weekend s to overcrowd the small towns of Shepherdstown and Harper’s Ferry. The State parks fill up on weekends and they have to start turning visitors away due to overcrowding. Groceries and liquor are cheaper our here than they are in Montgomery county, Maryland and D.C.
WE have some really high quality, sophisticated restaurants in West Virginia. Like The Bank in Shepherdstown and the Blue Moon Café. The Bavarian INN in Shepherdstown offers a superb menu for being in such a rustic area. They have a wonderful German menu selection. See the website http://www.shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com for more information. There is plenty of good coffee to be found and great food that is far cheaper than D.C. and NYC but try to keep that a secret. Not to mention real estate prices out here are probably half of what they are paying in Westchester County, New York.
I guess the story is in the details. There is plenty of local flare. There are still houses out here that hang confederate flags and certain symbols of the old south that would probably offend some of the New Yorkers. There are still plenty of people in Virginia who are fighting a war that has long been over. They cling to their history and historic battle grounds like drowning men at sea. Sometimes it feels that maybe we should let the dead bury the dead. I would never be the one to unleash that opinion publicly, too many old southerners would probably get upset.
History is a very important tool. Occasionally, it just teaches us what roles we need to play. We adapt to them as we get older. But this world is getting smaller and there is a population explosion coming. It is only a matter of time before we will be bulldozing those battlefields to make way for more housing.