Mountain Valley Hospice tour of homes slated for Saturday


First Posted: 12/9/2009

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care will present its 2009 Hospice Christmas Home Tour to benefit hospice patients on Saturday, featuring homes in the Stuart, Va., area.
This years tour, which runs from noon until 5 p.m., features three homes in the Patrick Springs area, with a hospitality stop at Creaseys historic church in Stuart.
The homes include an updated farmhouse with Southwestern accents owned by Ed and Patricia Justus; the restored 1949 Tudor-style home of David and Lora Mahaffey; and a modern brick home set on farmland owned by Alan and Linda Mitchell. During the tour, there will be a hospitality stop with refreshments at Creaseys Chapel, a historic Methodist church at Route 644, Creaseys Chapel Road, in Stuart.
The tour can be started at any of the homes.
Sheila Jones, Mountain Valley Hospices director of development, said that the event, which benefits Mountain Valleys services to hospice patients and families, will offer a feast for the eyes.
Those touring these fantastic homes will be treated to beautifully appointed interiors and landscaping in traditional and modern styles. We are so grateful to our participating homeowners for opening their doors to share these treasures during the holidays.
The homes on the tour include:
The Ed and Patricia Justus farmhouse, which sits on 120 acres of rolling terrain on which dwells their collection of horses, cows, goats, dogs and cats. The interior of the two-story home incorporates natural elements with Tex-Mex accents and features pine wood floors, a floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace and warm and spacious rooms bathed in abundant natural light. Ascending the pine staircase, one can find charming and tidy guest rooms, accompanied by a loft that provides a sleeping space.
David and Lora Mahaffeys four-bedroom Tudor home, built in 1949 and completed in 1951, combines rustic charm and modern elegance and is well suited to traditional holiday decor. The Mahaffeys, who moved two years ago from Alaska, have spent many hours on restoring the home and will open its first floor for the Christmas Tour.
The living room features a large barrel ceiling with imposing windows that allow in natural light. A focal point is the fireplace, bordered in marble and wood and supporting a half circle arch landscape painting. The dominant Tudor theme lends itself to traditional holiday greenery and appointments reminiscent of an English country estate. This historic home was the former homeplace to Dr. William and Opal Thompson. Dr. Thompson is known for delivering more than 5,000 babies during his practice in Patrick County.
Alan and Linda Mitchells five-bedroom, seven-bath home sits on the Dan Valley Farms, a sprawling expanse suited to accommodate frequent visits by the couples three adult children and their families. The houses French County-style interior features Bob Timberlake furniture in the master bedroom and dining room. Not yet two years old, the house also includes limestone columns and large doors with curved archways. The Mitchells, married 44 years, were both raised on farms nearby and for many years farmed tobacco, 78 acres of pumpkins, 50 acres of cabbage and 400 head of cattle.
Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased in advance, in Virginia at Ararat Grocery Store and Boyds Restaurant in Ararat; 103 Sure Stop , Claudville Caf, and Lees Kar-Go in Claudville; the Mountain Valley Hospice office in Patrick Springs; and in Stuart at Wandas Estate & Custom Jewelry, Honduras Coffee Company, Blue Ridge Furniture, Divine Designs Salon, and Patrick County Chamber of Commerce.
In North Carolina, tickets may be purchased at Mountain Valley Hospice office and at Vaughns Grocery in Mount Airy.
For more information, call (276) 694-4416.

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