It has been a week since my Mediterranean Cruise, and I think I’m
finally over the jet lag. If I haven’t been myself, it’s
because I was still on European time. It has been a joy to have
a whole week in Mathews, Virginia, and I’m feeling much better
Right before I left for Italy last month, I went on the Mathews County
Historic Home Tour that was sponsored by the Mathews County Historical
Society. There were five homes on the tour, but I didn’t
get to see them all because I got a late start. Therefore, I was
thrilled this weekend when I was invited by my friends Clement and Pat
Dickey to see The Inn at Tabbs Creek, a.k.a. The Billups House, which
is one of the houses I missed on the day of the tour. The Inn
is owned by Clement and Pat’s daughter Lori and her husband Greg
The main house of the Inn is known as The Billups House. It
dates to around 1815-1820 and was built by Captain Billups, a well-known
sea captain in his time. The Inn has been completely remodeled
in 2009. Standing L. to R.: me, Lori & Greg Dusenberry
(owners), and Pat and Clement Dickey (Lori’s parents).
This place is truly a jewel. Nearly all the windows
provide a view of the water, and it is so relaxing. The Billups
House, the main house of the Inn, contains the Library/Lounge, the Office,
a Gathering Room, the dining room and the lounge/dining room, a screened
porch, and two decks, as well as the newly remodeled kitchen.
The second floor has three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The Inn at Tabb’s Creek has a very inviting swimming pool.
The building in the background is The Garden House, which has two suites,
each with a sitting room and bedroom and private bath, plus an additional
bedroom with a private bath. Standing with me are Greg and Lori
Dusenberry, the owners.
The Inn also has a dock and a boat ramp. Mathews
is perfect for canoeing and kayaking, as well as bicycling. If
you’re coming to Mathews and need a place to stay, I highly recommend
The Inn. For more information, contact Lori and Greg at 804-725-5136
P. Buckley Moss
Museum receptionist Jenny Horn, left, awarded Sheila Hart,
right, of Knightdale, NC, her gift certificate for being the Monthly
Mystery Winner for July. Sheila, her sister, and her brother-in-law
visited the Museum on July 18. It was Sheila’s first visit
to the Museum. What luck! For more information on the Museum’s
Monthly Mystery Winner Program, please see my February
11, 2009, newsletter. The daylily behind Jenny and Sheila
is the P. Buckley Moss Daylily that was developed and named after me
by Stuart and Diane Kendig of Perfect
Perennials in York, Pennsylvania. It was in full bloom last
This past weekend the Moss Museum participated in the Daylily &
Wine Festival at the André Viette
Farm & Nursery in Fishersville, Virginia.
Flag ceremony at the Daylily & Wine Festival in Fishersville,
I would like to share with you a very nice letter I received
from a collector. I receive so many wonderful letters from people
who enjoy my art, and they all inspire and encourage me.
“You and your work are woven into my life story from 1973 through
present day. I’ve taken the time to thank you for what you’ve
done. First, let me introduce myself. When I first met your
art, I was [a] college kid at VPI & SU in 1973. You had a
piece at The Art Shoppe in Christiansburg [Virginia]. I scrounged
for cash and bought it. Now I am a happily married lady at age
55 named Debra Toney Capps with two fine sons to boot. Friends
of mine attended your signing, I hope!, and brought 5 prints from my
collection. Let me progress, I married in 1976 bought a wedding
print, had kid 1 in 1981 bought more, kid 2 in 1985, ditto. As
the brothers grew we added more prints that reminded us of their times
together. Other events like their graduations, etc. prompted more
Moss Art purchases. You have to know now that I am a survivor
of 9/11/01. “Suffer Them to Come [to Me]” buckled
my knees when I saw the original at your gallery in ’02, I think.
Also, your canine tribute means a lot to me (long story). My dining
room wall is total Moss. Your art calms and centers me.
College Station, TX
Thanks for writing, Debbie!