Richard Williams 

In the Shadow of the Blue Ridge

By Richard Williams

I was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley and have been immersed in the rural lifestyle my whole life. In addition to my writing career, I’ve been an insurance agency owner for over 30 years with my primary focus being on insuring farms and rural properties in western Virginia.

I’ve been a 4H club member and club founder and have served for over twenty years on the buyer’s committee for the Augusta County 4H/FFA Market Animal Show and Sale. Our show is the largest (and some believe longest running) show and sale of its kind east of the Mississippi.

I’ve raised (on a small scale) chickens, beef and sheep. My family has owned horses (I have granddaughters who are very active riders) and my youngest son is a full time farrier. I live in a rural part of Augusta County on five acres near the border of the George Washington National Forest (below the Blue Ridge Parkway) where my wife and I garden and cut our own firewood. Augusta County is the second largest farm county in Virginia.

I serve on the board of directors for two museums and am a full member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.

In additional to my very active business and writing careers I enjoy relic hunting, canoeing, hiking and spending time with any of my 21 (soon to be 22) grandchildren; five of whom live next door to me—this alone gives me LOTS to write about!

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