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August 30, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: Entertainment in Dillwyn

Call & Answer

Courtesy “Call & Answer”

On May 28, 1950, the Richmond Times-Dispatch ran a lengthy feature article titled, “Bremo Bluff’s Muffled Boom,” written by Jane Morris.  In it, she wrote about the flurry of growth in Bremo Bluff, Fluvanna County, when the Virginia Electric and Power Company expanded its plant on the James River.   The typically quiet village of 300 persons swelled with work for 3,000 individuals, bringing a short-lived burst of prosperity to Bremo.

While the article mentioned Fork Union and Palmyra (Fluvanna County), as well as Charlottesville (Albemarle County), it failed to highlight nearby attractions in Buckingham County.  Promptly, Bernard Christian of Dillwyn wrote a letter to the Editor, correcting Morris’ omissions:

The article in your Sunday Magazine Section (May 28) by Jane Morris entitled. “Bremo Bluff’s Muffled Boom,” says the nearest movie is in Charlottesville 37 miles away.  It is in Dillwyn, only 16 miles from Bremo Bluff.

Public square dance is not 20 miles, only 16, each Saturday night at Dillwyn Lake and at the Veterans’ Hall.

Jane Morris must have taken the wrong road to have left Dillwyn out of the “Muffled Boom.”

Indeed, just across the James River to the south, there was plenty of fun to be had in Dillwyn!


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  1. Joanne Yeck / Aug 30 2013 3:51 pm

    As a girl, I loved square dancing!

  2. onestitchatatime / Aug 30 2013 10:54 am

    I’ve never thought of myself as the square dancing type but had so much fun when I actually tried it.

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