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  • Antique Farm & Heritage Expo June 21, 20148:30am - 4pmAmerican Legion Fair Grounds1317 West Queen St Edenton NC 27932  Step back in time and visit the Heritage Village. Watch skilled artisans perform ...
    Posted Apr 15, 2014, 11:10 AM by Hope Graves
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Antique Farm & Heritage Expo

posted Apr 15, 2014, 11:10 AM by Hope Graves

June 21, 2014
8:30am - 4pm
American Legion Fair Grounds
1317 West Queen St Edenton NC 27932

 Step back in time and visit the Heritage Village. Watch skilled artisans perform the trades of a by gone era such as Blacksmithing, shingle making, moonshine. Sample heritage foods and see them prepared.

Witness teams of mighty draft horses move effortlessly by the hands and voices of their driver’s. Go back to simpler times as you see and hear the antique tractors and equipment in action.
Great food and fun for all ages.
8:30am - 9:50am Registration of Tractors, Animals and Heritage Demonstrators
10:00am Downtown Edenton Parade begins at fairgrounds
11:15am Parade returns to fairgrounds for Opening Ceremony
11am- 4pm Main Events


For more info contact 252-482-4057 or

VDHMA Loses Long Time Member

posted Apr 7, 2014, 11:54 AM by Hope Graves   [ updated Apr 7, 2014, 11:54 AM ]

 "Frankie" Gilbert Franklin Everton, Jr., passed away peacefully at home on April 4, 2014. He was born in the Indian River section of Norfolk County on January 16, 1938 and was the eldest son of the late Gilbert Franklin and Evelyn Miller Everton. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Gerald T. “Jerry” Everton.

Frankie loved people and was a friend to all. He was known affectionately by his neighbors as the Major of Fentress. For several years he served as Chairman of the Ushers and Greeters at Centerville Baptist Church where it was his great joy to welcome worshipers, especially the children.

An outdoorsman, Frankie enjoyed hunting and many sports. He was a member of the North Landing Hunt Club and a former member of the Avery’s Mill Hunt club. For many years he coached boy’s baseball in Great Bridge, instilling character traits along with skills in the youngsters he coached. In addition, he spent many happy times showing his beloved mules, Jack and Pearl at state and county fairs throughout the Mid-Atlantic States and beyond.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Patricia Poteat Everton; his son, Gregory B. Everton and his wife, Cheril; and son, Gary F. Everton; his grandson, Parker Everton; a brother, Gary L. Everton and his wife, Carolyn; and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to express its grateful appreciation to the caregivers of Comfort Care Hospice of Chesapeake, and to Debbie Williamson and Louise Urquhart whose compassionate care was a blessing to Frankie and to his family.

A service to celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Centerville Baptist Church, 901 South Centerville Turnpike, Chesapeake with Pastor Kevin Ritter officiating. He will be laid to rest at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Graham Funeral Home, 1112 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and other times at the residence. 

Bob's Farm Day CANCELLED - Due to weather

posted Mar 28, 2014, 6:28 AM by Hope Graves

Based on the weather forecast for Saturday, March 29th, Bob's Farm Day in Orange, Virginia has been cancelled.  

Want to Promote your Farm, Horses, Stallion?

posted Mar 12, 2014, 9:42 AM by Hope Graves

Join other VDHMA members for the Cooperative DRAFT HORSE JOURNAL AD.  Get 4 ads for the year for only $80. 7 or 8 lines including Farm, Name, Address, Phone, Email, website or Stallions or For Sale.  Please contact Midge Harmon at 540-825-6707 or as soon as you can or at the latest by deadline APRIL 10TH.
Midge Harmon
Harmon's Hayrides, Carriages & Training

Bud Whitten's Plow Day

posted Feb 18, 2014, 11:53 AM by Hope Graves

WhenSaturday, Apr 26, 2014
Where405 Spencer Road, Dillwyn, VA (map)
DescriptionOpen to the public, Bud & Doris Whitten host their annual Plow Day. Bring your mules and horses! Gate opens at 8 AM. For more information, call Bud at 434-969-1299.

Donkey Daze

posted Feb 18, 2014, 11:52 AM by Hope Graves

WhenSaturday, Apr 12, 2014
Where10410 Mount Sharon Road, Orange, VA, United States (map)
DescriptionThis farm day is geared to our donkey friends. Even if you are a "horse" person this a VERY fun day. Located at Bob Brennan's in Orange, VA

Bob's Farm Day

posted Feb 18, 2014, 11:49 AM by Hope Graves

WhenSaturday, Mar 29, 2014
Where10410 Mount Sharon Road, Orange, VA, United States (map)
DescriptionCome see how farming is done with horses! Draft horses, mules, and donkeys are coming in from all parts of Virginia and bordering states to have a plowing day in the field. Demonstrations will be given on different plows, harrows and other tools that are used in farming with horses along with vintage wagons and carriages! This is a great outdoor family event. Plowing starts at 10:00 am. If bringing a horse or mule to work, please arrive by 8:00 am. Rain or Shine

Virginia Horse Council (VHC) Annual Meeting & Educational Seminar

posted Jan 31, 2014, 1:31 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Jan 31, 2014, 1:35 PM ]

The VHC will be hosting its Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, Virginia, on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:00am until 4:30pm. The educational portion of the seminar will be broken into separate tracks to include trails, equine health, and other important issues in the equine industry. The sessions will run concurrently, allowing attendees to mix and match topics according to their individual interests. We will also be offering a separate youth track, including a Horse Knowledge mini-contest with cash prizes!


I have attached a PDF brochure for you to peruse, which provides additional information about this event including a full schedule.  We hope you will consider joining us!  Registration for attendees and vendors is now available on the VHC website.  

Remember all VDHMA members are eligible for the VHC Member rate when registering!  Click here for more information!

VDHMA Annual Meeting

posted Dec 23, 2013, 7:15 AM by Hope Graves

VDHMA Annual Meeting 

Date:  February 8, 2014, 

Time:   Board Meeting 10:30 am, Meal at 12:00 noon.  

Location:  Aroma Buffet and Grill, 233 Burgess Road, Harrisonburg, VA. 

Just wanted to let everyone know that the Annual Meeting has been confirmed for Feb 8th at the Aroma Buffet and Grill at 233 Burgess Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 eating at 12, board meeting at 10:30 am. This is a full buffet with a lot of various foods and they are only charging $10 per person and includes the food, drink, taxes, and gratuity. Several folks have eaten there and have rated it a good place and good food. Please mark your calendars and please plan to attend.

Also, “THANK YOU” to Gary, Polly, Meg, Patti, and David for serving as board and officers for our organization. I appreciate the warm and welcoming attitude that you extended to me when I came aboard as President last year and enjoyed working with you this past year. I look forward to working with our new folks coming aboard, Audrey, Hope, India, and Marshall and hope that we can have a very productive year and expand on our membership and activities.  

Harnessing Clinic at Equine Extravaganza 11/1-11/3

posted Oct 11, 2013, 8:24 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Oct 11, 2013, 8:30 PM ]

Inaugural Harnessing Clinic at Virginia Equine Extravaganza - The VDHMA will hold its first ever Harnessing Clinic each day at the Virginia Equine Extravaganza, November 1 - 3, 2013 in Doswell, Virginia.  Please let Missy know if you would like to help.

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