Amherst / Nelson County
Near Piney River, Virginia
By Tommy Stafford
Of the thousands of stories we covered over 16 years in the print edition of Blue Ridge Life Magazine, (previously Nelson County Life Magazine) a few people really stick out. You don’t forget them. Ted Hughes is one of those people. Like many of you, we recently learned of Ted’s passing just a few days ago on February 9th.
Mr. Hughes was one of our absolute favorite people. An icon for sure. If it was any kind of a craftsmanship or restoration, Mr. Hughes was a part of it.
People living in and near Piney River, Virginia can tell you far more about Mr. Hughes than we can. But for the short decade or so we got to know him, we can say there was no better person, no more gracious human than Ted Hughes.
We could go on all day about Mr. Hughes. As you can see from the stories above we thought a lot of him. So do the people that knew him best. His family, his friends, his Piney River and Amherst community.
We will miss you Mr. Ted Hughes. This area won’t be the same without you in it. But every time I pass the caboose on the side of the road at the Piney River Trailhead, I will always remember you and smile. Thank you for making the Blue Ridge a much better place.