Charlottesville Day Trips

Charlottesville Day Trips

At Michie Tavern they serve a “Hearty Midday Faire” from 11:30 to 3:00 each day and they’ve been doing this since 1784. On metal plates under candle light I ate myself into a satisfying midday stupor.

inia State marketing would have you believe that “Virginia is for Lovers” but only now do I know what they mean. If you love history, if you love the outdoors, if you love variety then Virginia is for you. This little four-day trip based out of Charlottesville drove this point home for me.  Continue reading

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Along Virginia’s Highway 11

Along Virginias Highway 11

This is a tpical of Scott-Irish farms in Ulster. It’s also the same design they first built when taxes and lack of religious freedom drove them to the new world in the 1730s and famine forced a migration again in the 1840s.

At times I need a catalyst to get me thinking and today the Frontier Culture Museum served that purpose. It tells the story of how German, English and Scots-Irish farmers came to the Shenandoah Valley, established traditional farms, and how over the decades these traditions merged. The resulting new standard moved west across the country and became the heart of American farming.  Continue reading

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My Civil War Arc is Complete

My Civil War Arc is Complete

A court house, a store, a few tradesmen and professional services are about all that made up this tiny community in 1865 but it was here where the War Between the States was finally ended.

My Civil War journey started when visiting friends in Charleston where I learning the war began with a battle at Fort Sumpter in the harbor. Since then I’ve been to dozens of battle fields, museums, and memorials because the story drew me in. All the while my admiration for President Lincoln grew and grew. Finally today I visited the site where Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Grant thereby symbolizing the end of the war. What an odyssey. What a galvanizing event. What a tragic story!  Continue reading

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Another Three Presidents Day

Another Three Presidents Day

The gardens of Montpelier are pretty nice but that’s just par for the course given the $28 million restoration. I’m happy to have visited after the job was done because I came away very impressed.

I thought today was the “Story of Best Friend Presidents” because at both Monticello and Montpelier they talked of the life-long friendship between Jefferson and Madison. Then I visited a place called Ash Lawn-Highland and learned it was yet another Presidential residence in the Charlottesville area. Sakes alive, three Presidents within just miles of one another! The Commonwealth of Virginia ROCKed when this nation was young!  Continue reading

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