2018-05-02. Washington's Birthplace
We left the Piankatank River on a beautiful but very cool day and are now camped on the banks of Maddox Creek at its terminus with the Potomac River at Harbor View Campground, another Thousand Trails campground. The campground is small and again, there are many seasonal sites but, for the first time, this Thousand Trails campground saved a site big enough for our RV and guided us to that site upon check-in. That is unusual for the Thousand Trails campgrounds which are usually on a first come, first serve basis. The very nice hosts explained that, since there aren't many big sites at this particular campground, they reserved a larger site for us. If the campground had been full, I suspect that would not have occurred, but we were grateful especially when we saw how few large sites there were. This is a nice park though it does not have any water access. There is a marina with a boat launch across the street so, for us, and others with boats, it is convenient enough and does have a big pool and other amenities including a huge property where we were able to surreptiously throw the frisbee to Roadie without being seen with an off-leash dog ( a big "no no").
This area of Virginia is interesting. It has, of course, a long history of being occupied by early settlers including the Washingtons and we visited George Washington Birthplace National Monument, a free park. It was a lovely place located on the Potomac, high on the bluffs overlooking the river. There is a lovely visitor center and, in 1930, a plantation was built on what they believed was the site of Washington's birthplace which had been burned to the ground around 1779. Unfortunately, later archeological excavation discovered the actual foundation of the home was about 100 yards away, facing in a different direction and the foundation didn't look anything like the building that was supposed to look like the birthplace. That said, it is a truly lovely site overlooking the Potomac with a formal garden containing native plants, flowers, and herbs, a separate kitchen building and, now, the site is a working farm. There were hogs, oxen, cows and, imagine my surprise when I walked around the "back" of the house facing the Potomac (though I don't know if that was the back or front) and found that the grass was being efficiently "mowed" or rather eaten but a herd of sheep. They were totally unfazed by my presence but, soon, a loud call from the sheepherder could be heard coming from the stables quite a distance away. The sheep lifted their heads, and, as one, trotted off to the stable no doubt for dinner.