November 5, 2012

Traveling Through Historic Virginia - Part 1

We just returned from a bus tour through Virginia, with the emphasis on places of historical significance.   We began in Washington, DC, arriving in time from Ohio to view the World War II Memorial in daylight.  It was truly an impressive sight with so much symbolism, and it really gave one a sense of the vastness of the war and its toll.
 It became dark quickly, so the rest of the tour was Washington, DC by night from the bus and then we made our way down to Alexandria,Virginia and a much needed hotel rest.
We were very busy the second day, visiting Mount Vernon, Fredericksburg and then taking a guided tour of Richmond, Confederate capital for the South.  One of our stops in Richmond was St. John Episcopal Church, the place where Patrick Henry gave his "Give me liberty, or give me death" speech. 

 The church was surrounded by a graveyard where some of the large stones were placed on legs so they looked like tables.  Eventually, the legs gave way and then brick bases were made for the very large stones. 

 We had a wonderful tour of the state capital building in Richmond, with a chance to sit in both the old House and Senate rooms, as well as a look at the new 12 million dollar underground addition. 
 We stayed at Williamsburg for the next two nights, with a whole day of leisure to tour the old town.  Dinner one evening was at the King's Arm tavern there, with fine fare of 1776 including peanut soup, small greens, roasted chicken, sage potatoes, green beans and squash, and pecan pie or rice pudding.  We were entertained by songs of the time.

 To be continued...

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