Virginia Off The Beaten Path

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Virginia Off The Beaten Path

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    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    drewry's bluff is one of 13 sites managed by the richmond national battlefield park. this 90 foot bluff has a commanding view of the james river. at the begining of the civil war the confederates built a fort on this site and named it after augustus h. drewery. the confederates also sank boats in the james river to block the union navy from...

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  • The River

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    Many Richmonders go for bank holiday weekends to the river. I don't mean the James River that bisects the city, but to cottages they maintain or rent along the Rappahannock or Potomac Rivers. In the early 1970s, my family would rent a cottage in Bowler's Wharf (near Sharps), Virginia.

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  • BB & T (old First National Bank)...

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    The old First National Bank Building was one of the first high-rise buildings in Richmond (built in 1913). It helped create the skyline of Richmond and dominated it for almost 40 years and was the tallest building in town for almost 20. The building is still a landmark structure along Main Street and has been placed on the National Register of...

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  • University of Richmond (or U of R)

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    The University of Richmond (or U of R, as it's locally called) is the closest thing in Virginia to a northeastern Ivy League School. My friends who attend (or are alumni of) the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and William & Mary in Williamsburg might beg to differ, but I still contend U of R has more of an Ivy League feel than those two...

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  • James River Plantations

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    There are five historic plantation houses and grounds along scenic Route 5 in Charles City County along the north side of the James River east of Richmond. Many date from the earliest years of European settlement in North America. The drive down Route 5 is very relaxing and scenic, especially on a nice spring or fall day. The plantations...

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  • Shockoe Bottom

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    Off the beaten path a bit from downtown Richmond, but within walking distance of the Virginia State Capital, is an area of Richmond known as Shockoe Bottom. This area of Richmond is known as one of the oldest neighborhoods in Richmond, and most of this land was owned by Colonel William Mayo in the 1700's. As far as I can trace, Colonel Mayo is only...

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  • Shockoe Slip

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    Shockoe Slip is the name give to the area on the Southeastern side of Richmond's financial district, which is also the area closest to the river. This area was fairly unique, as we went from a fairly modern paved city back in time to a set of streets with a cobblestone feel, and an older, more historic feel to it. This nine block radius is home to...

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  • Flora and Fauna

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    I saw a few, quite pretty dogs in Richmond but nothing compare to... that stone dog on my picture. He was alone, kept the basket with a pot in his mouth and welcomed to one of the houses on Monument Avenue. Hmm... later on during my Southern trip I saw similar dogs in front of quite many houses.

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  • Trip around University of Richmond

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    If you have a good deal of time on your visit to Richmond, touring the University of Richmond campus is a must do. The campus itself plays host to some of the finest architecture on college campuses and has a real rich history dating back to 1830. You can go to the Robbins Center for a good basketball game, or just walk the campus and tour the...

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  • St. John's Church

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    Visiting St. John's church is a must do for anyone who visits Richmond. St. John's church is one of the most historic churches in the entire country. This is the famous place where Patrick Henry gave his "give me liberty or give me death speech." This church is one of the oldest architectural designs of Richmond. Most bus tours make sure they stop...

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  • Richmond's Byrd Theater

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    Located in the heart of the artsy Carytown district of Richmond, there is a grand ole theater called the "Byrd", named for William Byrd I and II. Its name around Richmond is "Richmond's Movie Place", and has been in business since 1928. Its claim to fame is to be the first in Virginia to have a sound system, which was a big deal back then. Although...

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  • Bristol Tennessee/Virginia - A Good...

    Bristol is a town that straddles the Virginia-Tennessee border. In fact the state line runs right down the center of the town's main street, called State Street. Bristol, Virginia has a population of about 17,000 people, while Bristol, Tennessee boasts about 26,000 people. For some reason, Bristol, Tennessee is a bit better off than Bristol,...

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  • Belvior Mansion & Gravesite, Fort...

    After George Washington moved to Mount Vernon, his closest neighbor, both in distance and friendship, was Colonel William Fairfax, who built and resided at Belvoir Plantation on a bluff overlooking the Potomac. William Fairfax was the grandson of the 4th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, and his bother Thomas was the 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron.William...

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  • One Island AKA Sea Gull Island

    One Island on the Bay (aka Sea Gull Island) on the southernmost of the Bridge-Tunnel's four manmade islands is an opportunity to stop, stretch your legs. There is a Scenic Overlook where viewing machines are located. An interpretive display of the construction of the Bridge-Tunnel is located just outside the Restaurant/Gift Shop There is a free...

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  • Natural Bridge

    Natural Bridge is an unusual rock formation in western virginia that is worth visiting if you are in that part of the state. It is a naturally-formed bridge of rock that is about 70 meters tall and 30 meters wide, and is the largest such formation in the eastern US (there are larger ones in Utah in the Western US). The bridge was formed when the...

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  • Simeon

    On the way from Charlottesville to Jefferson vineyards I stopped for a while in a settlement called Simeon to visit a church built in 1892 - Saint Luke's Episcopal Chapel. But doors were closed in the late afternoon. Scenes in Ford's novel Janice Meridith are laid in Simeon. Ive got to know from the sign (picture 3) that there was a house of...

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  • Fabulous Public Gardens, any time of...

    Meadowlark Gardens is a location that's always gorgeous and never crowded. Be sure to visit the hilltop gazebo and stroll around the ponds. Get a taste of autumn in this hidden gem.

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  • Washington's Birthplace National...

    George Washington Birthplace National Historic Monument is a 550-acre National Park Service site that commemorates the location where our first President George Washington was born and lived his earliest years. The main features of the monument are a marble obelisk, the family cemetery, a Memorial Mansion that was typical of the time, a colonial...

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  • Stratford Hall - Home of the Lee Family

    Stratford Hall was home to four generations of Lees, including two signers of the Declaration of Independence, several diplomats, a Revolutionary War hero, and a Civil War hero, among numerous other distinguished members of the Lee family, one of the "First Families of Virginia."Colonel Thomas Lee, who was once the acting Governor of Virginia under...

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  • Monroe Hall - Birthplace of President...

    James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, was born 28 April 1758 in a rural area now known as Munroe Hall in Westmoreland County, Virgina, just a few miles from George Washington's Birthplace. His parents were certainly not aristocracy. Monroe's father, Spence Monroe (1727–1774) was a farmer and carpenter. His mother, Elizabeth Jones...

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  • A day long trip to Washington, D.C.

    On July 09, we traveled to Washington, D.C. for a day and had a touristic bash there. It was a day of tourism for historic resources for us. We visited Iwo Jima Statue (the most recallable of images in the books), Arlington National Cemetery (covered extensively in an issue of National Geographic last year), Pentagon City Mall (where we had our...

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  • Skyline Drive - 18 April 2008

    The Skyline Drive is part of the Shenandoah National Park system in western Virginia. The park runs the full north-south length of Virginia extending down into Waynesboro, NC. I entered at the north entrance. Easiest way to get to the park from points east:Take route 66 heading westExit at the Front Royal exit for 340.Follow 340 south for about...

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  • Udvar-Hazy

    Udvar-Hazy is the extension to the Air and Space Museum located in DC. Udvar-Hazy is located about 20 miles outside of DC adjoining Dulles International Airport. If you are an aerospace nut like me, then check it out. Conviently located if you have a couple hour lay over at Dulles.

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  • Kilmarnock

    Kilmarnock was originally called The Crossroads in 1664 because multiple thoroughfares crossed through there. The original crossroads is believed to be the intersection of present-day routes 3 and 200. By the mid 18th Century, it was called Steptoe's Ordinary for storehouse and tavern owner William Steptoe. In 1775, it was renamed Kilmarnock after...

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  • Reedville

    In the early 20th Century, the town of Reedville was pretty well isolated from the urban areas of Richmond and Tidewater. Despite that isolation, Reedville was thought to be the richest little town in America. The reason for both the isolation and affluence was the water. A small fish called menhaden made the town so rich. Menhaden aren't good...

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  • G. W.'s Birthplace - Reconstituted

    At the entrance of the George Washington Birthplace National Monument, you will see a one-tenth scale replica of the Washington Monument in D.C.This is yet another tobacco plantation on the Potomac, where the first president of the United States was born in 1732. The original house burned down in 1779. The foundations of the original house were...

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  • Stratford Hall Plantation - The first...

    Stratford Hall is a handsome pile of bricks: a large mansion at the heart of a vast tobacco plantation which belonged to the family of General Robert E. Lee (the most famous general on the Confederate side during the U.S. Civil War). One can spend close to a whole day at Stratford Hall. There are beautiful nature trails with views of the Potomac...

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  • Tangier Island - Crabs and Cats

    Tangier Island is a flat little island in the Chesapeake Bay, dedicated to crab fishing and tourism. Spending more than a few hours there would seem to me the height of claustrophobia, but a trip there is recommended if you are in the area.The first visitor to Tangier Island was Captain Smith (yes, that one) in 1608. Today's 700 residents are...

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  • Woodrow Wilson Library

    Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia. The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation was chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia in June 1938 to gain ownership of the Wilson property located in the City of Staunton, Virginia,the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. This is the property that became the Wilson Library. Next...

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  • More Covered Bridge info

    Perhaps the most accessible of VA's covered bridges is in northern VA, in Shenandoah County. Known as the Meem's Bottom Bridge after a family in the area, it is also the longest of the five. In fact it is more than twice as long as the next longest one at 204 feet. Traveling through the state on I-81, take Exit 269 and follow Route 730 about...

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  • Covered Bridges

    Was "Bridges of Madison County" a hit because we all love covered bridges or did we learn to appreciate covered bridges because of Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep? For me, the love of covered bridges probably came first but it must not have been a passion because I had never seen one up close and in person until I visited my 50th state (Vermont) a...

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  • BARBOURSVILLE

    Travel around a bit as a tourist in Virginia and a couple of things start to repeat themselves - Civil War sites, colonial mansions and wineries. A lot of money gets thrown at wineries wherever they seem to pop up and a lot of money is in evidence here at the Barboursville Winery. Set on the grounds of the former estate of James Barbour, a...

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  • PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK

    Similar to the Shenandoah National Park, the Prince William Forest Park is an area of former habitation that is being restored to its former natural setting by the Federal government. Like in Shenandoah, former residents were relocated during the 1930-40 timeframe. Many residents, being very poor and uneducated, had no legal claims to their land...

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  • MINE RUN BATTLEFIELD

    There were other battles in and around the Fredericksburg region besides the big four battlefields. Information on several of these fights and campaigns are written up in small brochures that can be picked up from the information desk at the NPS Visitor Center - either at Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville. Included in the information is a little...

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  • NORTH ANNA BATTLEFIELD

    The battle of North Anna was the third major battle of the Overland Campaign of 1864. Taking place just after the bloody stalemates of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, the Army of the Potomac pushed across the North Anna River in two separate locations. Robert Lee was well aware of the opportunity presented to beat in detail the separated Union...

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  • BALL’S BLUFF

    A 218 acre forested park located on the suburban northeastern edge of Leesburg, on bluffs high above the Potomac river, the Ball’s Bluff Regional Park preserves the battlefield that had far reaching ramifications for the Federal side. The battle, small by Civil War standards, took place on October 21, 1861 and saw a Federal rout at day’s end with...

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  • BALL’S BLUFF

    A 218 acre forested park located on the suburban northeastern edge of Leesburg, on bluffs high above the Potomac river, the Ball’s Bluff Regional Park preserves the battlefield that had far reaching ramifications for the Federal side. The battle, small by Civil War standards, took place on October 21, 1861 and saw a Federal rout at day’s end with...

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  • CEDAR MOUNTAIN

    Located along US 15 in between Culpepper and Orange lies the old battlefield of Cedar Mountain. Part of the battlefield is preserved near where General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson involved himself in personally rallying his troops who were hard pressed by a energetic Federal attack. The Confederate side had a two to one advantage over the Federals...

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  • COLD HARBOR BATTLEFIELD AND CEMETERY

    By late May 1864, Grant closer to Richmond, still had not destroyed Lee's army. The campaign had cost the Union army over 35000 casualties in the first two battles - Wilderness and Spotsylvania. Now the armies had maneuvered into the old battlefields of the Peninsula Campaign (fought late Spring 1862). Lee was able to get troops to the important...

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  • Mechanicsville - Nat's neighbourhood

    Mechanicsville, where Nat (b1bob) lives, is only 6 miles (10 km.) from downtown Richmond but it's independent city which belongs to Hanover county. I did visit Nat but, to be honest, I didn't see much of Mechanicsville itself. Driving around a few times I could see lovely residential both small and quite large houses like this one on my picture (it...

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  • George Washington National Forest

    I drove E. Lee Highway (VA-211) across George Washington National Forest in northwestern Virginia and stopped at Lee Ranger District station and Massanutten Visitors Center. I was not lucky about thick fog that day. The bears seemed to hide in the fog :-).VA-211 is a scenic road from New Market through the Blue Ridge Mountains covered by George...

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  • New Market - charm of little towns!

    Driving interstate you can see only series of exits and rest areas. The only highly recommended stop is at the nearest Virginia Welcome Center. To discover real beauty of Virginia take the first exit off interstate and do enjoy more than 2,500 miles of Virginia Scenic Byways and do NOT skip little charming towns with little shops, eateries,...

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  • Mount Vernon - Planted by G. Washington

    This tree, hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) growing off the beaten path in upper part Mount Vernon property, was planted personally by George Washington in 1785. It's signed by small mark affixed to the trunk and it's located along the north serpentine walk, by the bowling green.Of the hundreds of trees planted by George Washington at Mount Vernon, only...

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  • Mount Vernon - Turkey

    There is fenced small area by the upper part of the Mount Vernon Mountain Trail. There are turkeys bred inside. Today, there is a variety of colonial breeds at Mount Vernon including the rare breed Dominique Chickens and Bronze Gobbler Turkeys in addition to guinea hens and wild turkeys.The turkey is a native to North America and was domesticated...

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  • Mount Vernon - Forest Trail

    After a visit to Washington's barn we hiked up the Mount Vernon Forest Trail to come back to the upper part of the estate which took us maybe 10 min. The trail is only 1/4-mile long but steep in some parts. The trail provides a glimpse of the natural enironment Washington appreciated for a variety of reasons.Keep in mind that nearly half of 8,000 -...

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