For Love of the Land – The History

Wintergreen+book_CoverFor Love of the Land is a hardcover, full-color history of the Wintergreen Resort, one of the first environmentally conscious developments in the country.

For Love of the Land is available at the Wintergreen Foundation gift shop and website,

Mary Buford Hitz is a Virginia native and and long-time Wintergreen patron. The book explores the dreams and realities that led to the inception and development of Wintergreen, a resort and residential community placed upon 11,000 acres of historic and pristine land in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia. This land’s primary boundaries have been intact since the 18th century, preserving ancient ecosystems, archaeological sites, and a unique cultural history.

Wintergreen was conceived during a time period when many contemporary environmental regulations did not exist, but it was developed during a time of environmental awakening. Wintergreen’s success is a tribute to prominent Virginians, many from the Richmond community, whose personalities and leadership were crucial in setting the foundation for the Wintergreen of today.

More information, including how to preorder a copy of For Love of the Land, is available at the Foundation website, The book is for sale there and in the Foundation gift shop for $49.95.