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Details: Blackstone, Va.

Friday, April 23, 2010; WE19

GETTING THERE

Blackstone is about 150 miles from the Beltway. Take I-95 south to I-195 south in Richmond to Va. 76 west/Powhite Parkway (toll). Exit onto Va. 288 south and go to U.S. 360 west. Turn left onto Va. 153 south, then right onto U.S. 460 west. Go left onto U.S. 460 business west and into town.

STAYING THERE

Grey Swan Inn

615 S. Main St., 434-292-3199

http://www.greyswaninn.com

A 1902 home with a splendid front porch. Rooms from $89.

EATING THERE

Blackstone Herb Cottage 104 N. Main St., 434-292-7721

http://www.blackstoneherbcottage.com

Casual, friendly atmosphere with small-town flavor. Sandwiches with chips and a cookie from $5.50.

Blackstone Coffee and Bistro

101 S. Main St., 434-298-3975

http://www.blackstonecoffeeandbistro.com

Sandwiches from $5.25.

PLAYING THERE

Robert Thomas Carriage Museum and Schwartz Tavern

217 N. High St., 434-292-7795

http://www.blackstonemuseums.9f.com

Open Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m., weekdays by appointment. (Beginning in June, plans are to be open every day.) Free.

Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center

707 Fourth St., 434-292-5308

http://www.vumac.org

The former campus of the Blackstone College for Girls.

Blackstone Antiques & Crafts Mall

121 N. Main St., 434-292-0027

Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

INFORMATION

http://www.blackstoneva.com

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