Dee Dannewitz Wallace KG4VMI came to Virginia from a southeastern Nebraska farming community. She spent her early years being mentored in business, and obtained sponsorship for much traveling in education, for 4-H, and mission trips with the church & others. She received great education at LIFE Bible College and Virginia Tech, and has background in finance, accounting, sales and management. She has always enjoyed spending time outdoors and working with various community groups. After college, Dee moved to Floyd with her son, Christian, to get back to “farm living” and for a closer association with David and Gaynell and LCF Group activities.
In 2007, Dee married her long-time friend, Greg Wallace, who is a native of Floyd County, Virginia. They have their home at “Oak Hill Farm” in Floyd, where they spend free time watching the wildlife and grass grow, and sharpen their artistic and culinary skills. Greg photographs many of the historical buildings and breathtaking sceneries throughout the County.
Article appearing in September 9, 2010 issue
The Floyd Press
By Roger Mannon, Staff Writer
The Woodberry Inn is back in business. The getaway spot near the
“We did a lot of work,” Shep said. “We redid all 16 rooms and the restaurant.”
Angie said “we’ve loved Floyd and have been looking to move this way for several years.”
“We were interested in just reopening the inn,” Shep commented. “We really didn’t want to take on the restaurant and bar.”
But since they did, things have worked out well. “In season we get a lot of Parkway traffic,” Shep said. “We also get a lot of locals out there, too.
“You can get everything here,” he added.
“You stay here and you don’t have to go somewhere else to get a meal and somewhere else to get a drink.”
Angie describes the Woodberry as “a country inn. Our restaurant features American cuisine. The Woodberry has a staff of 13,” she said.
Chef Shaun Sager is becoming known for delicious and unique dishes. “People like the shrimp and grits, the Cajun rainbow trout, and the eight-ounce beef tenderloin,” Shep said.
There’s also chow-chow sweet potato hash and “root fries” (beets, parsnips and carrots).
Heading into peak season, the Nance’s are expecting to stay busy. “After leaf season, we expect to get some hunters in the late fall,” Shep said.
They also expect to get some off-season church and corporate retreat customers. “We may have an off-season, but we hope they don’t,” Shep added.
The Woodberry is also available for wedding receptions and class and family reunions. Motorcycle groups, bikers and tandem bikers, and even skateboarders have visited.
Lloyd Blevins, Angie’s brother, has moved from
“In the time we’ve been open, we’ve had people from eight nations come here,” Blevins said. “That includes the
Sarah Desper is bar manager: Woodberry is one of the two full-service bars in
Woodberry plans to add musical entertainment, featuring local groups. Shep said he would like to display works by local painters and artists as well.
Shep describes the current incarnation of the inn as “a Five Star experience with a One Star level of fussiness.” In 2010, all the amenities are available.
“We now have cable TV for those that want to watch football, baseball, and golf, and wifi, for those who want to get away, but not completely,” Shep said. “It’s there is you want it, but really I would hope they don’t”