Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann:
Lying on the empty beaches of Paros, the remote Greek island where we washed up that spring, we stared out at the storied Aegean while homesickness sucked our starving hearts right out of our chests. Even after all we had seen in our year of travel, Rockbridge County was still the most beautiful place we knew.
We were certainly not alone in this opinion. Travelers on I-81 frequently pull off at the Lexington exit to get fuel, and, while gassing up, gaze in wonder at the landscape. Then not a few of them restart their cars and head directly to the realtor’s office. It is a testament to the allure of the area that the artist Cy Twombly, who lived and traveled in some of the world’s most beautiful places, chose to live half the year in Lexington, his hometown.