The People, Places, and the History of The Northern Neck of VA

APFK Season 1
APFK Season 1
Episode 12: Alva Jackson

Alva Jackson is proprietress of Ma Margaret’s House B&B.  Alva Jackson restored her grandparents’ home and turned it into a bed and breakfast. The house had been boarded up for many years, and family members suggested tearing the old house down, but her brother came to her with a better idea. Thats how @Ma Margaret’s house Bed and Breakfast was born.

She also was Chief of Systems with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Show Notes

  • 13:33 People open up restaurants every day. And it has one of the highest failure rates, even as successful as McDonald is
  • 21:10 Most of all the schools at the time and in my area were all black.
  • 25:29 He didn't look at my grades from high school, he didn't look at my SATs scores, he just looked at me and said, it was too hard.
  • 30:46 It was never said to me, you will go to college, it was just understood.
  • 39:31 Northern Neck Ginger Ale was the best. It still is the best, if you could find it.
  • 42:30 Most of my customers are White, because a lot of Blacks are not really exposed to bed and breakfast.
  • 48:13 Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, take advantage of it and use it to your fullest extent.


  1. Eldine Curry says:

    Just listened to ma Margaret interview it was awesome did not know there was a Bed and Breakfast there what an inspiration she is thank you for caring

    1. Sprite says:

      Thank you for listening! I hope you have enjoyed all of the podcasts thus far!

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