Being the curious sort, and while driving around searching for photo opportunities near Bassett, Virginia, I spotted a sign that read “Stoneleigh”. What’s that, I wondered. Driving down a long narrow road, I saw on a hill a large mansion, which from my position looked occupied, and certainly no place for a stranger like me. But the closer I got, I saw no sign of anyone living there; so I said, what the heck, and drove up to a large, open paved area in front, where my jaw dropped open. A hour later, I departed, with lots of neat photos of this architecturally unique mansion, sitting on 52 acres of land, originally built in 1929 by the man who started Stanley Furniture Company. Long story why, but it was recently auctioned off for about $1.5 million. Not much money considering its size and history. Messing around in Photoshop, I came up with this image which I think conveys the “feeling” I had when first looking at it. And yes, I’ll be posting some close up images from Stoneleigh later on. Stay tuned.


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