The Quarters at Blandy Farm
The Quarters is located at Blandy Farm, the State Arboretum of Virginia on Route 50 east of Winchester. The original section was the early nineteenth century slave’s quarters associated with the Tuleyries Estate. This original section dates back to about 1830 and although greatly enlarged in 1941, the architectural integrity of the original Quarters building remains. It is one of the largest surviving examples of an antebellum slave’s quarters in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
If you look closely at the windows in Eugene’s painting you will see a small pair of binoculars in one. These binoculars are a remembrance of our good friend Greg Baruffi who died in a car crash in December 2007. Greg was a master carpenter, bird watcher/bird counter at Blandy Farm and President of the Shenandoah Audubon Society. He was also a co-coordinator of the Blandy Bluebird Trail and builder of the bluebird boxes along the trail.