This morning I was on my way by 10:00 and settled in my campsite before noon.
Route: US 290 E to Butler => FM 696 N to Lexington => US 77 N to RV park
Total Miles Driven: 59
Weather Conditions: Clear and mild
Road Conditions: Good except for FM 696, which is only two lanes and had several construction areas
RV Park: Sonny’s RV Park
Park Conditions: Fair, dirt roads, fairly level sites, large clubroom, helpful owners, free WiFi
This afternoon after our business meeting Mikail Davenport presented a video, "The Final Inch" (a polio eradication documentary). Most of the filming was done in India and Pakistan where the most cases of polio are found. Mikail and a woman who had spent 70 years in an iron lung were the only two Americans featured in the documentary. There was a question-and-answer period after the film. It was very informative.
Tonight we had dinner at Granny’s Restaurant. The food and service were good.
Several members enjoyed a morning walk in the Lexington Memorial Park and then visited the Lexington Log Cabins and Heritage Center, a non-profit educational association that collects, preserves and interprets the history of northern Lee County. In 1976, as a local U.S. Bicentennial project, two 1850s log cabins were moved from north Lee County to Heritage Square in Lexington and were restored by community volunteers.
The one-room cabin was built by Major Ephraim Roddy around 1850 near Tanglewood. He sold it to Wiley Fowler in the 1870s. The Roddy-Fowler cabin houses temporary exhibits. One that was particularly interesting was a U.S. flag crocheted by a local woman. The dogtrot cabin was built by George Washington Guthrie and his wife Permelia around 1850 about three miles northwest of Lexington. It houses a permanent exhibit of a pioneer kitchen and bedroom.
Later, a corncrib from the Blue area and a portion of the jail that had housed infamous killer Bill Longley were moved to the complex. The corncrib stores 18th-century tools and implements.
Afterwards, some of us made a brief stop at the Lexington Memorial Cemetery, which was begun by the German Methodist Church in 1898.