September 25, 2013

Gate on Hume Road

Those of us who follow the blog of TexWisGirl have seen her series of ranch gates, so I thought I'd share one I saw at the Marriott Ranch in Hume, Virginia. And here's a close-up of the sign that you see as you exit.

Some of you may be old enough to remember that "Happy Trails" was the closing song for the Roy Rogers Show. The song was actually written by Roy's wife, Dale Evans.

Even fewer readers may know the connection between the Marriott Corporation and Roy Rogers, which is that Marriott owned Roy Rogers Restaurants from 1968 to 1990.

Also in Hume and not far from the Marriott Ranch is a well-known winery, which was up for auction but has become the subject of a dispute. One of the owners, Tareq Salahi, is contesting the proposed sale, which follows a series of misadventures as dramatic as a mini-series! If you're curious, check his bio on Wikipedia.


  1. i LOVE the gate (of course!) and i recognized the name of the 'vintner'. what a life... :)

  2. I'm definitely old enough to remember the Roy Rogers show and "Happy Trails". I'm somewhat surprised that they haven't made a reality series about Mr. Shali's 'misadventures'.

  3. Very interesting. I had not heard of the winery drama.

  4. I like the Happy Trails sign. That's pretty cool!

  5. That is a great gate and one I did not expect to find in Virginia. Thanks for posting it.


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