The last ten days have been a whirlwind of travel, getting settled, and starting a new job at Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. It’s been amazing to see all the plans come together and also see what surprises God has had as I’ve made this move and am adjusting to expanding Gazette665’s reach while still keeping ties in California!
Yes, Wednesdays are usually for “Searched & Answered” videos, but tonight I wanted to be a little more personal and share some photos from my recent cross-country trek from California to Virginia. Autumn colors were in full burst in different states, and of course, I found plenty of history sites to cram into already long travel days. 🙂
Virginia Military Institute’s castled walls dominate the town of Lexington, visible from some parts of the historic district. Still a military school, the Institute dates back to 1839 and has a rich history and tradition of honor and courage.
Did you know that Robert E. Lee moved to Lexington, Virginia, after the Civil War and served as president of Washington College?
A small chapel – built at Lee’s request – serves as a meeting place, museum, and final resting place and stands on the modern campus of Washington and Lee University. Let’s stop and take a look… Continue reading →
Cemeteries. I think they are interesting places to explore, but I know that’s not everyone’s opinion. I’ve refrained from dragging you through all the wonderful old cemeteries on this virtual road trip until today.
The Presbyterian Cemetery – renamed Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery – in Lexington, Virginia, is a good one to visit. It has wonderful, old headstones to read, is well maintained, and doesn’t have the dark, gloomy feeling that sometimes hangs around old burial grounds even in the day. Let’s stop and take a look… Continue reading →
I love good living history centers! There’s nothing quite like seeing what life was like in by gone eras. So…if you’re in the Shenandoah Valley, be sure to add Frontier Culture Museum to your list of stops. Informative for adults and kids this site explores the regional history and cultural origins with engaging conversation, restored buildings, farm fields, workshops, and real animals.
If you’re a cavalry fan, then today’s stop is one site you won’t want to miss in the Shenandoah Valley. Or if you’re learning about Civil War history in the Valley, it’s also a significant spot.
Ever heard of Turner Ashby? He commanded Confederate cavalry for Stonewall Jackson and created quite a name and reputation for himself. However, he didn’t live to see the end of the war, dying in battle in 1862 near Harrisonburg, Virginia. Today, a large granite marker memorializes his fall. Let’s stop and take a look… Continue reading →