It was a terrific 130 mile drive from Lake Gaston to TT Chesapeake Bay near Gloucester, VA. We took a “cross country” route from I-95. And enjoyed the peanut, corn and soy bean fields, all so green and lush. When we got to the RV park, we were delighted to find one of our favorite sites available. We quickly backed in to it, before we woke up and discovered we were dreaming. These water, river view sites are rare to find empty. Our setup this time would be extensive and complete, as Dave will be flying to Reno in a day or two and leave Rebecca behind. He wants to make sure she has all the comforts. Oh, but don’t worry, she’s not alone. She has about 400 friends who’ll watch over her and make sure she is safe.
The reason for Dave’s trip to Reno, is our grandson Kyle who traveled with us 2013, is graduating from high school. When Dave came back from his trip to Reno, after being gone a week, we set out to discover Richmond, VA. Richmond is the Capitol of Virginia and has a rich and varied history. You’ll see pictures of the Capitol building, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson. The building core is the same building but has added wings and a visitors center. Our two day trips to Richmond were split into seeing the Capitol then a trolley tour to see the rest of the city by way of historical sites.
First, the guided tour of the Richmond Capitol begins from the visitors centers which is entered on the street down in the front of this very imposing edifice. After going through the security check station we caught up to our tour guide talking to another 8 people. We were encouraged to ask questions along the way. The tour lasted about 2 hours taking us through most of the old legislative rooms. In the beautiful rotunda stands the one and only statue of George Washington that was created, carved and finished while he was still alive! Also, in the rotunda are busts of the 8 Presidents of the United States who hail from Virginia and 1 of Major General Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette. Can you name the eight Presidents? In case, you struggled with the answer as we did you’ll find the answer below. Among the historical items we learned and saw was a life size statue of General Robert E. Lee on the spot where he stood when he answered the summons and addressed the State Senate. This event, as the state was making preparations to enter the “Great War between the States”. During the tour we were allowed to sit in the original rooms of the Senate and House, which by todays standards are very small. The building expansion created rooms much larger and more modern.
Second, we found out that reservations are needed to get on the RVA Trolley Historical tour. Tickets are $35@person for their two hour tours. You’ll find the RVA Trolley office incorporated in a street side office which furnishes Segway tours of downtown Richmond as well as selling bicycles. It’s located at 1301 E. Cary Street, they have two trolley tours per day. Starting M - F 10:30 to 12:30, 1:30 - 3:30; S - S 11:00 - 1:00, 2:00 - 4:00 Our tour was led by guide, Mr. Butterworth, a very knowledgeable fellow. The driver of the trolley was an expert and she guided our tour through some construction zones that seemed very tight. Whew! Not a scratch on the big beautiful trolley.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson. NOTE: William Henry Harrison was born at Berkeley Plantation along the James River, VA but was a resident of Ohio when he won the Presidency!