Travel: THE OAKS, CHRISTIANSBURG, VA.: Quiet History


Perched on a hilltop in southwestern Virginia, the Oaks garnered its name from the seven historic oak trees, now more than 300 years old, that surround the Queen Anne Victorian house, built for a bride in 1889. Its gardens unfold along Christiansburg's Main Street, once part of the Wilderness Road forged by Daniel Boone, today close to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and a rails-to-trails bicycle path.

In 1989, Margaret and Tom Ray bought and began restoring the property, which had been "remuddled," says Margaret, by a previous owner. "A leaking bathroom ceiling fell in on the very day we were...

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