Manahan-Hurt house gutted in blaze

WINA radio is reporting today that the main house at Fairview, the 660-acre Scottsville-area farm formerly owned by Jack Manahan, the late Charlottesville eccentric married to faux czarina Anna "Anastasia" Anderson, was gutted in an early morning fire. Pictures on the AM station's website indicate that the structure lost much of its roof in the two-alarm conflagration. The farm was the key asset in Manahan's will, which was disputed by some of his relatives after his death in 1990. Ultimately, however, Althea Hurt prevailed in the Virginia Supreme Court and got to keep Manahan's property. Manahan was the subject of the Hook's July 5 cover story.