On Saturday Emily and Richard joined me on a visit to Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town, WV. I'd been wanting to come here for a while but it took some time before we were all free on the same day. I've only been aware of Bloomery since March when they popped up on Facebook wanting folks to sign a petition for taxes to be reduced. Being misclassified as a retail liquor store had resulted in them being forced to close their doors until they could actually make a profit instead of paying ridiculous fees to the state. Happily, the public outcry worked and Bloomery opened their doors again, resulting in many joyful customers flocking once again to group before the bar, expectant faces turned towards their server like baby birds waiting for food.
website, will be "the delight of pumpkin and spice in a delectable, chop-licking liqueur". I'm drooling with anticipation!
We reluctantly left Bloomery and its delightful hospitality, and headed to Waterford to walk off our lunch. The whole village is a National Historic Landmark, and was happily devoid of visitors when we arrived, likely because most of the stores were closed. We parked up and wandered the streets, taking photos of the immaculate house fronts. and gardens busting with summer flowers.
Established around 1733 by Quakers around a grist mill and a saw mill, the village was named after an Irish town, from where some of the residents had emmigrated from. It stagnated after the Civil War and was falling into disrepair by the 1930's, but was saved in the 40's when the Waterford Foundation started restorations. The village started an annual house tour and craft fair in the 40's during the first week of October which still runs today.
More about the village can be found here, and The Waterford Fair details for this year can be found here.