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Oct 11, 2017 - Patrick Henry and Museum of the Confederacy

Today I drove back roads that were curvy and somewhat narrow to get to the home of Patrick Henry. It was foggy too so quite an interesting drive through farmland. The home was surrounded by a 2,920 acre plantation and the house is very modest, overlooking the Staunton river valley. A separate building was used as his law office. He was a lawyer and statesman famous for "give me liberty of give me death" speech in Richmond in 1775. He was involved in adoption of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution. He was the first governor of Virginia...

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Oct 10, 2017 - Jefferson Poplar Grove and D Day memorial

We had a full day but it was really great, even though it looked like rain all day. First we went to Poplar Grove, it was the get away place for Thomas Jefferson when Monticello was too hectic. He inherited the plantation through his wife and built an octagonal brick home, two story with a wing on one side and a row of trees on the other, each ending in a mound with a privy (that was also octagonal). The design is similar to a french villa. The dwelling was never completed and now it's being restored but the unfinished walls reveal the...

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Oct 9, 2017 - Appomattox

Today we toured Appomattox Courthouse- a really great experience by the Park Service. In those days a community was usually started and known by it's courthouse that served the local area. We toured the McLean House where the surrender took place on April 9, 1865 and saw the parlor with desks and pens that were used to sign the document. The house was built in 1848 and reconstructed on it's original foundations. The visitor center is the actual Court House and the tavern building included printing presses and copies of the parole passes...

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Aug 31, 2016 - Appomattox and Bedford?

Drivers Log Fuel Stop—Kroeger, Appomattox, VA Aug. 29 This Leg—68.443 gallons, @ $2.019 = $138.19 Traveled 428 miles on 59.25 gallons for 7.2 MPG +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Aire is parked at Paradise Lake Family CG in Spout Spring, VA, near Appomattox. We have a nice back in gravel spot with 50AMP FHU. Monday, Aug 29—It was about a 4 hour trip from Williamsburg to Appomattox and we arrived at 1PM. We drove on back road highways and it was very scenic. After lunch we got in the car and...

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Aug 20, 2016 - Appamattox Court House

Traveling back country roads on our way to Lynchburg. Trees are beginning to change colors already. 2 & 3 story brick homes. We stop at Appomattox court House. The surrender and the end of the Civil War. With an amicable meeting between Lee and Grant a formal surrender was achieved and the bloodiest conflict in America’s history came to an end. The Civil War, cost nearly 1,100,000 casualties and claimed more than 620,000 lives. The campaigning armies left destruction in their wake, particularly in the Southern states that bore the brunt of...

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Jul 23, 2013 - Monticello and Appomattox

Tuesday morning, the two drove the 8 miles to Thomas Jefferson's estate. Thomas Jefferson served 2 terms as President, one term as Vice President, one term as Secretary of State and 6 years as the US ambassador to France. Of course he is most remembered as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and in Virginia they remember him as the architect of the University of Virgina.. his hobby after he retired from public service. His home away from Washington DC was his 5000 acre estate..called Monticello. The paradox of Jefferson is...

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May 4, 2013 - Spring 2013

Bet you thought we had driven the motorhome off a cliff somewhere by now. Not quite, but we have certainly had some ups and downs that did not involve the motorhome. I am going to make short work of the downs as we are both tired of dealing with them and ready to move on. Basically what happened is that the doctor took Buzz off the antiviral medication after his eye surgery. Everything I had read online (and evidently that he had seen also) indicated this was the proper procedure, but it turned out to be absolutely wrong in his case. On...

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Jun 25, 2012 - Appomattox Court House NP

Let me begin by apologizing to our good confederate reenactor/pharmacist friend for enduring the pompous Gen Lee!!! Using our imagination, we walked the old country lanes where the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginig to Ulysses S. Grant took place. For us all visits begin with the visitors' center. Many of the original structures remain today. The preservation, authentic period furniture are phenomenal. Clover Hill was the settlements' original name. I would have renamed it bug heaven as the gnats were eating our eyeballs...

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Jun 5, 2010 - June 4-11, 2010 Appomattox, VA

Parkview Mobile Home and RV Park Right off the 24 and close to train tracks but so far it has been pretty quiet. Not a lot of trees so we can get satellite here but little shade. The sites here are level and fairly large and the roads are easy to get around on. Very hot and buggy but then it is almost summer and a storm is about to come in. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is where Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9, 1865. The grounds are much like they were at the time of the battle but some of the buildings have be...

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Sep 25, 2009 - Appomattox Court House

Our fourth night was spent at Front Royal, VA. We decided to take our car on the Skyline Drive where there are many turnoffs. The day was a bit overcast but we had a great time. The highlight was seeing a juvenile bear scamper across the road in front of us and climb over a wall. There is no photo - you have to trust me on this. We went on to Appomattox Court House in VA where Lee surrendered to Grant, ending the Civil War. Jerry and I were there in 1974. Since then I discovered that a grandfather was there at the time of the surrender....

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Sep 22, 2009 - September/October, 2009-Frank & Sylvia-Virginia

Guess you are wondering where I am ???? Let me see....... My new family, Frank & Sylvia Ruckman took me straight to Westmoreland. We no sooner got my suitcase unpacked, then we headed out in the motor home. Our FIRST few days took us from Tennessee to Virginia. Along the way, we stopped to see Where the Union & Confederate Armies met to sign the ending of the Civil War. I guess WE lost, as I am a "Southern Bear". It sure was "scary" when Frank & Sylvia left me in the CEMETERY with that Union Soldier and the rest were Rebels. I could almost...

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Sep 21, 2009 - Appomattox Courthouse-Lee's Surrender

Virginia is beautiful. Today we visited Appomattox Courthouse National Park, the surrender site. The national park has done a great job of restoring/replicating these buildings. Not all of the buildings are there that the map shows but there are more than we expected. It still looks like a village. A yankee interpreter told the story as if he was there. That was fun and educational. We drove over to Lynchburg today but not much to do there. It is an historical town but not tourist friendly in our opinion. We leave for Lexington tomorrow....

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