Who Am I?
I'm Will Nesbitt, principal broker and owner of Nesbitt Realty in Alexandria Virginia.
I love Luray.
Where am I from?
I grew up in and around Front Royal and Fortsmouth. I attended Warren County in elementary and also attended Wakefield Country Day School in Hume for a few years. My high school years were at Strasburg High School. In the US Army, I attended Defense Language Institute in Monterey California. In Monterey, I met my life partner, wife of more than 35 years and my best agent, Julie Nesbitt.
After leaving the US Army, Julie and I returned to Warren County. We lived in the country on a 9 acre farmette with livestock (mostly goats and chickens) for nearly 20 years. I was offered a job I couldn't refused and so we moved our family to Alexandria Virginia.
From the late 1990's until 2020, we made our home and raised our children in Fairfax County Virginia near the Potomac River at Belle Haven just south of Old Town Alexandria. I have always told people that the reason I liked Old Town, Fort Hunt and Mount Vernon is because, "It's the only part of Northern Virginia, that reminds me of Virginia."
In many ways, Alexandria is like Winchester or Front Royal. Over the past 2o years, things have slowly changed and at last it was time for me to return to my roots in the Shenandoah Valley. Since 2020, we've made our home in Luray Virginia.
It was time.
Nesbitt Realty is still a going-concern in Alexandria. Julie and I are still involved with that business. But, today, our sons and agents are able to share more responsibility for running the office in Alexandria, so after 20 years in the city, it was time for Julie and I to move back to the country.
We are both Realtors and we well know how to shop real estate for the best values. We shopped from Martinsburg WV to Shenandoah County to Culpepper and all the way to Colonial Beach. But in the end, for us, nothing really could compare to Luray and Page County. Luray reminds me of Strasburg when I was a kid. We love the views in every direction. We still enjoy mountains and hiking. We love the small town feel.
We love Luray.
My Father's Family
My paternal grandfather, Frank Nesbitt, was a foreman at Avtex and in his spare time he loved sports, especially baseball. In 1953, he coached Front Royal to the Little League World Series. He was a pillar of his community and a father of five children. Frank's mother's roots were in Ireland, but his father's family is buried in Page County and nearby in Rockingham County at Elkton.
Frank's wife Madeline had a large and extended family of Lawsons, Higgs, Garbers and Freezes who largely lived their lives around Luray and Elkton. Only barely remember her sisters whom I met as a child on a visit to Rockingham County.
My grandfather had 4 sisters and I remember 3 of them. One of his sisters had a large farm off US 340 south of Front Royal. I wrote a little article about my last visit to River Bend Farm. My father spent much of his youth at River Bend. He attended Randolph Macon Academy and Virginia Tech and lived most of his life in the Shenandoah Valley. He loves golf and has played just about every course in the valley.
My Mother's Family
My maternal grandfather, John Stoneberger, worked in the power plant of Avtex Fibers. He loved hiking, the mountains and outdoors. He always maintained a "Golden Eagle Pass" for the Skyline Drive and took me there many times. In my early teens, together with my brother and best friend, my grandfather took us on a hike from Panorama along the Appalachian Trail to Front Royal.
John Stoneberger is the author of "Memories of A Lewis Mountain Man", a book about his youth on the Skyline Drive before the government took the land from his people. He always thought that was a mixed blessing. On one hand the government took his birthright from him. On the other hand, he liked the fact that everything was preserved as a wilderness.
My grandmother's Helen's family were from the hills around Elkton and Luray but also from Culpepper and the other side of the mountain. My mother grew up in Limeton. She loved the Shenandoah Valley and lived most of her life in Warren County.