Kim and Edward “Chopper” Snyder’s home at 960 Deep Run Road in Hunt Country Farms, near King’s Grant, was built in 1998. Its deep, wide front porch overlooks a pond where swans swim.
Several unique collections pay homage to the family’s interests and heritage. “I think we must be the collectors of family things, because everybody goes, ‘Here, you keep them,’ Kim Snyder chuckled.
They start in the foyer with an umbrella and walking stick collection that had belonged to Kim Snyder’s father, the late Dr. Hubert “Puck” Kiser. It has pieces from all over the world, including Thailand, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Africa and China.
Family portraits by Dottie Pierce adorn the walls of the living room, which also has treasures as large as a grand piano to as small as an Easter egg — autographed with a paw print by Socks, the cat who lived in the White House with the Clinton family. That is just one of a collection Kim Snyder’s collection of White House Easter eggs, which also continues in the couple’s bedroom.
The master bedroom also is the showcase for a collection of framed wedding invitations from the couples in her family.
In the family room hangs a quilt of Looking Glass Falls by Ann Harwell. Jewel-toned and detailed fabrics in geometrical, abstract patterns recreate the natural world of the falls and woods. Kim Snyder has family connections to the renowned quilt artist, and Snyder’s family say the quilt brings those falls to life, she said.
Also there is art with significance. The vibrant and lively painting of a village street scene in Greece is a memento of the couple’s trip there. “It’s really what it looked like. It makes me so happy,” she said.
Another was painted by her grandmother in 1973 of Kim Snyder as a child, with her brother and mother buying flowers on the Boulevard in Richmond.
She didn’t even know that the painting existed until a fortuitous discovery by local artist Karen Despot, she said. It was being stored behind another painting in a frame which she had taken to Despot to be worked on.
In the guest bedroom is a chest her grandfather gave to her grandmother as an engagement present in the 1920s.
Her grandfather was the proprietor of Troxler Furniture, and displayed in the house are mementos from that store, including a large calendar, framed. In a room off her the bedroom of their daughter, Katie Ryan Snyder, is a miniature set of wooden doll furniture that Cathy Mar tin of Martinsville had as a child. When the Snyders’ first grandchild was born on Valentine’s Day, Martin gave them the set as a gift.
Twin beds in the bedroom of her sons, Ghent and Hampton Snyder, were used by three generations of brothers in the family.