Sam’s love of history, food, small towns, and good company motivated him to be a Virginia innkeeper. Educated as a writer, historian, and archaeologist at James Madison University and the College of William and Mary, Sam strives to be proactive in preserving Virginia’s colorful heritage while helping others experience it firsthand. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV), is on an advisory committee of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII), and has assisted the Orange County Historical Society on a variety of projects.
Sam fell in love with Orange long before becoming an innkeeper. As an archaeology student at James Madison’s Montpelier, Sam helped to excavate a portion of the original Madison family homeplace that James Madison’s grandfather (Ambrose Madison) built before the construction of Montpelier. He has fond memories of coming into town on his days off and enjoying a sandwich on the fountain at Taylor Park, across the street from our Main Street inn.
As a lover of history, maps, exploring, and all things outdoors, Sam believes that the shortest path is often not the best path. The captivating scenery and rural character of this region is often best experienced by straying from the well-travelled road, and Sam will gladly help the adventurous visitor do just that. If you’d rather not travel a road at all, Sam can offer some advice on hiking, biking, canoeing, or kayaking opportunities in the area. If you want to let the soft Blue Ridge winds be your guide, a breathtaking Hot Air Balloon adventure may be exactly what you need!
Sam also enjoys savoring a perfect glass of whisky, and is making every effort to sample all the wonderful locally-produced spirits from Virginia Distilleries (keep an eye on his blog for reviews and information about specific Virginia whiskys and distilleries in Virginia). With so much around Orange to suits his interests, Sam is thoroughly enjoying his innkeeping adventure!
Sam and his father Darnell celebrating Independence Day at our annual Hops and Chops festival. If you weren’t there, you missed out on some fantastic Virginia beer, Virginia wine, and locally-produced chops of various types (beef, pork, and mutton, to be specific—all prepared using traditional, historically appropriate ingredients—absolutely delicious!).