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North America » United States » Virginia » Manassas September 9th 2019

STONEWALL Thomas Johnathan Jackson was a school teacher at VMI and highly regarded as a soldier by Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, when the War of Northern Aggression began in 1861. A fellow named Pierre Beauregard was the rascal who opened fire on Fort Sumter that opened the war, and Pierre was given command of the Confederate Army of the Shenandoah. Jackson was given command of a brigade in that new army. Another brigade commander was a fellow named Barnard Bee from South Carolina. On July 21, 1861 the confederate army and the federal Army of the Potomac collided at a place called Manassas in Virginia. A fellow named Irvin McDowell was in command of the federal army. Manassas was about midway between Washington DC and Richmond and an important rail junction. For that reason ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Marion August 6th 2019

It rained all day. From Arlington all the way across on I 66 and down I 81.... read more

Woke up at 6 and drove north on the Skyline Drive. Stopped for breakfast at Big Meadows then drove further to Little Stony Man parking lot where we were supposed to meet our climbing guide, Andy Nichols, at 9. The pin he emailed me was for a different lot, but we found him. We hiked a half a mile to a cliff and learned how to climb. On our hike we were on a bit of the AT and learned about some plants and hiking tips. The cliff was 125’ and overlooked the valley. Andy explained about safety, equipment, showed us how to set up the rope. Max was a natural climber and climbed to the top. Andy encouraged him to keep climbing when he gets home. Maggie did great and also climbed to the top. ... read more
Max climbing
Max again
Chrissy's behind

Today we drove to Shenandoah. Rick and Max hiked the Jones Run Falls and saw part of a bear. Maggie and I relaxed at our campsite in the Loft Mountain Campground. At night we went to a great Ranger program “Water – a Little Drop Goes a Long Way.” This was the final activity to complete their Junior Ranger so the Ranger swore them in afterward. Yay-finally a Junior Ranger Badge!... read more
Shenandoah National Park
Jones Run Falls

North America » United States » Virginia » Middleburg July 14th 2019

We visited Aldie Mill in Loudoun County for a weekend daytrip. It's located in Aldie, a village on US Highway 50 in Loudoun County, Virginia, near Middleburg. The mill on the Little River was built in 1807 and continued in operation to 1971. I recalled seeing it in the 1980s when it was closed and falling into disrepair. Now restored as a park with demonstrations of 19th century grain milling, we decided to make a visit. The restored mill is open on Saturdays and Sundays when volunteers give tour and milling demonstrations Aldie mill is unique among gristmills in Virginia in that it has two water wheels. I learned there were actually two mills on the site. One was the commercial mill that ground corn and wheat for sale while the other was the country or ... read more
Water Wheel

North America » United States » Virginia July 11th 2019

Day 12 – July 9 – Lewisburg, WV to Lenoir, NC (257 miles) Before leaving Lewisburg, we made a point to drive through the historic downtown area to see if it lived up to its name as the “Cutest Town in America”. It was cute, but certainly not the cutest. Onward we went out of town driving on narrow two-lane roads that sometimes turned to one lane. For miles and miles, we snaked through farmland in the valley between lush green mountains as beautiful wildflowers edged the road. Along the way, we passed through the small town of Union, established in 1774. Nearby we stopped to see a small covered bridge over Indian Creek. Out in the middle of it all, we passed acres and acres of blue fields of chicory that almost didn’t look real. ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington June 21st 2019

What better way to celebrate a high school graduation than to get on a trans-Atlantic flight the next day? That's what we were thinking when we booked our first family trip to Europe with a departure the day after Maggie's high school graduation. Let the record show, that a buffer day probably would have been a good idea. Especially since it turned out Todd was in court until 2:00pm the day of graduation, Maggie was out until about 12:30am that night, and we had so many friends and family visiting Wednesday evening that no one was really interested in (or available to!) packing prior to our actual departure day! But, we made it to DCA airport on schedule, only to be able to spend some quality bonus time with my brother, Brian, who ended up literally ... read more
Todd - 1st crepe
Sean 1st crepe
Marcia 1st crepe

Après avoir entendu beaucoup de commentaires sur Virginia Beach, nous avons décidé d'aller faire un tour. Nous avons trouvé une belle plage, avec une eau froide en juin, un camping très intéressant mais un avec wi-fi non focntionnel, mais un beau 'boradwalk' pour faire de la bicyclette. C'est à voir! A+... read more
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Virginia Beach

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax June 15th 2019

We decided to make a visit to a nearby historic house today and went to see the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim. The site is operated by the City of Fairfax. It centers around Blenheim, a plantation house built in 1859 by the Albert Willcoxon family. Union troops occupied Fairfax City (then known as Fairfax Court House) in March 1862. Soldiers bivouacked on the grounds and the house was used a shelter and as a temporary hospital. The significance of the site today is the myriad graffiti left behind by the solders over a two year period. The inscriptions of more than 125 individual soldiers, left from the main floor to the attic, have been identified. Twelve acres of the original 367 acre farm have been preserved. This is in itself significant, for the ... read more
Blenheim (1859)
Spencer Colton
Observation Balloon

Hi Everyone We left Kentucky to a 5hr road trip to Virginia,we are staying at a ski resort called Massanutten Resort,it’s really lovely,we have a large stand alone cottage with a garage,2bedroom,2 bathrooms,everything we need. One day we went to Washington DC for the day,we travelled 2 hrs and then hopped on a train for 30mins to Downtown Washington. Visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum very sobering,we then went to American history Museum which we really enjoyed. We then went to the Smithsonian Institution Bldg (The Castle). To top the day off we went to the White House and got good pictures,unfortunately President Trump wasn’t in residence!!!. We have had a good 6nights here and relaxed ready for our journey Tommorrow to South Carolina 7hrs travelling. Hope everyone is well KS... read more

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