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Northern Neck Artisan Trail opens

Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 11:58 am

Barney Harris, owner and artisan of Zekiah Glass in Farnham and Alice French, Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Menokin Foundation in Richmond County enjoying the reception celebrating the opening of the newly formed Northern Neck Artisan Trail.

Barney Harris, owner and artisan of Zekiah Glass in Farnham and Alice French, Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Menokin Foundation in Richmond County enjoying the reception celebrating the opening of the newly formed Northern Neck Artisan Trail.

Working in partnership with the “Artisans Center of Virginia” (ACV), the newly formed Northern Neck Artisan Trail celebrated its opening at a reception at Belle Mount Winery on March 29. Virginia is internationally known for its artisan traditions that express a distinctive way of life connecting the past, present and future through its “hand-made” and “locally-grown” culture.  The ACV has developed a system to improve economic outcomes for Virginia artisans and their communities by helping them promote their culture by using trail sites as guides for visitors.  The Northern Neck Artisan Trail Site is the newest site in the network of 27 trail sites in Virginia.

Trail sites are designed for citizens and visitors to Virginia to create their own self-guided tours to various sites that resonate with personal interests.  The Northern Neck Artisan trail (NNAT) has 127 members throughout five counties, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland and the “Gateway” county of King George.  The NNAT members range from individual artisans with studios and craft related venues that boast the hand-made works of many artisans.  Agri-Artisan/Farms include many of the area’s finest vineyards and wineries, as well as farms that produce specialty items such as goat’s milk soaps, herbs and mushrooms, berries, ciders, free-range pork, grass-finished beef and oysters.  The list goes on to include …

Read more in the May 4 edition of the Northern Neck News.