We like to find opportunity in quirky places.
Places that other people aren’t paying that much attention to,
but obviously have a lot of potential.
Dave McCormack - Owner
Five years after opening the Henry, we’re back in Martinsville – this time, right across the street at the old Chief Tassel building. This c. 1929 building has seen better days, but underneath the peeling paint and deteriorating floors, it offers glimpses of historic charm. We look forward to transforming this vacant property into commercial office space and corporate apartment rentals. Breaking ground in 2021!
Once home to the oldest continuously existing tobacco market in Virginia, the Planters Warehouse had become a ramshackle building in the Clarksville Historic District. Originally built in 1840, the building had a captivating character that begged for re-use.
We purchased the warehouse from its original owners in 2016 with the intent of renovating it to accommodate 30 market-rate apartments and a restaurant. However, Mother Nature had other plans for the property when Hurricane Michael swept through Virginia in the fall of 2018 and flattened the structure. While we miss the Planters Warehouse and what it could have been, we are excited for the opportunity to create a new building from scratch and pay homage to the original warehouse.
Home to one of the last functioning mills in Virginia, Amherst County will soon see what was Amherst Milling Co. transformed. Built in 1890, the mill was functional until 2017, producing cornmeal and flour. With a dwindling need for a local mill, we purchased the property in 2017 and began the process of converting the site into Camp Trapezium, a western outpost of our Petersburg brewery. We’re allowing the elements to make their mark on the beer using local flora to influence the fermentation process, ultimately creating wild and sour ales.
Of course, no camp could be complete without lodging. The original home of the mill owners, situated atop the hillside on the property, will become a bed & breakfast with offerings from our on-site farm.
Beale’s Beer will soon be taking a journey across the Commonwealth to Yorktown. The original Bedford location will remain, and Beale’s East will offer our treasured beers to the Williamsburg and Hampton Roads area.
The design style of Beale’s Yorktown will draw from the working waterfront architecture to create a maritime modern aesthetic and feel that speaks to the culture and history of the region. The brewpub will feature a no-frills, seafood-oriented menu. We expect to open this new treasure in Spring 2021.
When you think of a Virginia country club, you might think of something like Winton, a sprawling 285 acre haven nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But Winton is not your average country club. The history of this 18th-century manor house and the 283 acres of grounds that come with it have a storied past dating back to 1743 when the land was deeded to its original owner by the King of England, George II.
Amherst County solicited proposals for Winton, and Waukeshaw purchased this property in December 2018 with the intent of continuing the culture of relaxation and enjoyment for all. With a large pool, golf course, historic barn, tennis courts and more, the opportunities are endless.
We are continuing to welcome members and guests for golf and summers at the pool. Our Poolhouse AirBnB is open year round, and the Manor House renovations will be complete in 2021 with more lodging options! Stay tuned for updates as our work at Winton Farm continues.
Meet Old Yellow, Bedford’s original public school, built in 1912. This uniquely beautiful building has sat vacant for over 30 years, until now. With assistance from the Bedford Economic Development Authority, Old Yellow will soon become Bedford’s first boutique hotel with 30 guest rooms. Visitors will be able to experience downtown Bedford like never before, with a tailored experience offering the distinctive character that is Bedford itself.
Just next door to Old Yellow lies the former Bedford Middle School, built in the 1930s. On January 23, 2020, an arsonist set fire to the building, causing severe damage to the structure. We are forever grateful to the first responders who bravely fought the fire for hours and kept the community safe. We remain committed to this building, which was a community landmark, and which we intended to convert into 40+ market rate apartments. We’ll continue to share more information as the situation develops.
The gymnasium behind the middle school will continue to be used as a gym, with some new programming options for future tenants, visitors and residents.
Just across the James River from Lynchburg lies Madison Heights, a small community with big potential. Luckily for us, Madison Heights is home to the Phelps Road School, which is more of a campus than a single building. This compilation of structures was built from 1925-1966 and remained in use until 1991. Created in the Georgian Revival-style, the property has suffered some degradation during its 30-years vacancy, but we are excited to dive in and restore it to its former glory.
With support from the Amherst County Economic Development Authority, Amherst County, and historic tax credits, we will redevelop the school into 40 market-rate apartments. We expect to offer an old classic with a new purpose in late 2020.
Big Trouble, a malting facility and craft distillery, will be housed just across the courtyard from Trapezium Brewing in Old Towne Petersburg, offering its own brandy and tasting room.
The project will be financed in part with a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID) and matching incentives from the City of Petersburg. At the official announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Big Trouble brings together multiple aspects of economic development – agriculture, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, tourism, and community revitalization – in one operation and is another excellent example of leveraging some of the Commonwealth’s greatest assets to build a new Virginia economy.”