Draft Registration Card

pre-1912 through 1947

Though Bob Crawford's draft registration card is dutifully filled out at age 40, there is no evidence that he served in the First World War. He identified himself as a self-employed farmer, and named his wife as next of kin. Bob Crawford moved to…

Leighton Kramer

pre-1912 through 1947

Leighton Kramer was the second owner of the Villa Crawford. But he preferred Arizona, where he also had bought a house. He became the president of the Arizona Polo Association. Here is an article he wrote. Thanks to Jake Jacobson for this article and…

Traveling Keswick’s Historic Roads

pre-1912 through 1947

The Keswick area, and Albemarle County as a whole, is unusually blessed with an impressively intact system of historic roads. While roads are often seen a mundane, they are in fact one of the main forces that determines how a region develops…

Bob Reid at 98


Bob Reid, at 98 years old, is as much a character as ever. When I brought him a book and showed him his picture in it, I said to him, "Just so you know, I've quoted you quite a bit in there." He didn't miss a beat. Looked me right in the eye and said…

Mother of the Bride Chimes In


One very nice aspect of using Keswick was being able to let of any worry about guests at my daughter's wedding … knowing that they were going to experience a special and unique event, be able to be with each other throughout the weekend (Keswick…

The Rug in the Front Hall


Mr. Eways stopped by and was surprised to see the Persian Sultanabad rug that is in the great hall. He recognized it instantly as one that he and George & Linda Davies sold to Knox Turnbull in the mid 1960s when Knox was doing major renovations. Mr…

The settings are so real


We've had the privilege of reading your book from cover to cover and it's fantastic!! The settings are so real, as are the people about whom you write, that we feel as though we've been transported to places we've not visited in years and years. The…

We always enjoy our visits


As shareholders for many years of the Orient Express hotels we are delighted that you are contributing to show how Keswick Hall is one of the most beautiful and attractive of the Orient Express group. We always enjoy our visits and look forward to…

You done good.


WOW!!! What a nice book you have created. I haven't had time to read it all, but it is beautiful. You done good. Very good. I never heard of a steel swimming pool, but that just shows you how much I know. I see you found a master page designer in…

BA and AP


On September 23, 1992, Sir Bernard Ashley and Arnold Palmer celebrated the opening of the new Keswick Club.