3/29: March Chamber Social

Mountain Rose Inn
Mountain Rose Inn

Floyd and Patrick County Chambers of Commerce are presenting a Joint Business After Hours Social, 5:30-7:30pm on Thursday, March 29th, to be held at the Mountain Rose Inn in Woolwine. Chamber members, along with others from business community from both counties, are invited.

In addition to Mountain Rose Inn, co-hosts include Stanburn Winery, Reynolds Homestead and Stuart Communications – all members of both chambers. “This is a great opportunity for membership from both chambers to get together,” pointed out Rebecca Jackson Adcock, the Patrick Chamber’s Executive Director. “We have overlapping memberships, we have the Parkway in common as a major asset for our counties, and have partnered in the past on other events and activities.”

Wine tastings and refreshments will be provided. Stanburn Winery is also offering wine sales by the glass or bottle at the event. Please RSVP to either Patrick County Chamber: 276-694-6012/patcchamber@embarqmail.com; or to Floyd County Chamber: 540-745-4407/info@FloydChamber.org.

The event host site, Mountain Rose Inn, was built in 1901 by Joseph H. DeHart. the house is located on the site of the famed Mountain Rose Distillery Number 250. One of the few legal distilleries in the state of Virginia, the Mountain Rose, known for “honest goods” and “full measure,” produced such delicacies as “Old Ike” rye whiskey, “Mountain Dew” corn whiskey, and “Pride of Virginia” corn whiskey. Designed in the shape of a “T” with porches on every exterior wall, the house is built entirely of wood cut and dried on the property and bricks made from clay and placed in a kiln, which had been specially built to fire them. This beautiful home features a metal roof, Victorian embellishments in every room, ten fireplaces with original mantles, and tongue and groove woodwork.

In 1992, the Mountain Rose Bed and Breakfast Inn hosted its first overnight guests. Since that time, the Inn has blossomed into one of the premier B&Bs in the area, winning numerous awards and delighting guests with fabulous stays, elegant breakfasts, and wonderful memories. Today the event also serves as a venue for special events. Amy and Joshua Mitcham are the current innkeepers who strive to ensure a wonderful hospitality experience for their guests. For more information, visit MountainRose-Inn.com.

Stanburn Winery was started by the Stanley family as a vineyard in southwest Virginia in 1999 and the first wine produced under the Stanburn Winery label followed a decade later. Floyd County’s Chateau Morrisette needed grape growers and the Stanleys decided “why not?” and started a vineyard. It is not just a family operation, it is the entire family. After buying land for the endeavor, Nelson and Elsie Stanley began planting the rows and varieties. Not knowing anything about what they were getting into, they both started attending seminars at Surry Community College in the viticulture program. Their daughter, Dawn Stanley Osborne, also took classes and began working in the vineyard. Their son David and his wife Tabatha came home on weekends from Charlotte to help in the vineyard until they moved back to Virginia for good in 2005.

The winery opened in November 2010 and since with the 2011 harvest, all of the wine is fermented, aged, and bottled at the winery in Patrick County with Jocelyn Kuzelka as the winemaker. Today eleven wines are currently being offered. For more information, visit StanburnWinery.com.

The Reynolds Homestead was built in 1843 as the Rock Spring Plantation in Critz, Virginia, by Hardin Reynolds, a successful farmer, merchant, banker, and tobacco manufacturer. The Reynolds Homestead has been designated a State and National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Registry of American Homes. In 1970, Nancy Susan Reynolds, granddaughter of Hardin, deeded the home and 717 acres to Virginia Tech, and a Community Enrichment Center and Forestry Resources Research Center were established on the property to serve the region.

Today Reynolds Homestead is a multi-faceted organization that offers tours of the historic home; annually provides educational activities for more than 1,800 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students; offers a life-long learning program for seniors through its College for Older Adults; serves as a major venue for arts and cultural programming in Patrick County and surrounding communities; and plays active role in local economic development efforts. Reynolds Homestead recently partnered with the Patrick County Chamber to open a location for both organizations in downtown Stuart. This satellite location for Reynolds Homestead provides art classes and local exhibits. For more information, visit ReynoldsHomestead.vt.edu.

Stuart Communications has operated in Stuart for 30 years and has been associated with U.S. Cellular for over 15 years. Locally owned and operated by Danny and Debbie DeHart, the business is a U.S. Cellular Authorized Agent offering wireless plans; phones and devices; and accessories for home and car connectivity. The DeHarts and their associates are committed to offering friendly, knowledgeable service including assistance with data backup, trouble shooting, in-store bill payments, and set up of phones. U.S. Cellular’s network is known as one of the better options for reliable cell reception in Floyd and Patrick counties. Stuart Communications will have representatives on hand during the event to answer questions. For more information, visit https://stores.uscellular.com/stuart-communications.