2011 Presidents, Patriots, & Caverns travel blog

Vince at the "Stonewall" Jackson Memorial Cemetery

"Stonewall" Jackson Memorial and Grave

Original Jackson grave

Sue and Vince at entrance to Blue Ridge Parkway

Otter Creek along the Parkway

Blue Ridge Mountains from the Parkway

Sue enjoying the scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway


After seeing all of those roadside attractions we needed to get back to something serious. We went to Lexington, VA the home and burial place of the legendary Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson. We walked through the cemetery to see the Jackson grave and memorial. He was the patriarch of military family that included a grandson(?) who was a general in WWI and an great grandson who was a Lt. Colonel in the Army Air Force in WWI and was shot down over France in 1944 and is still MIA. It was hot today, but we strolled around the grave yard in the shade to look at the other graves of folks lived and died in the 18th and 19th century. Lexington is also the home of Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. Both campuses are beautiful.

On the way home from Lexington, we decided to take a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway to get back to the Lynchburg area. By this time Sue had enough riding around. She hates roads that are partially shaded because going in and out of the shadows and sun makes her car sick. You'll have to look at the picture I snapped with my iPhone to se how she prevented getting car sick on the ride.

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