Stop Here! Ashby Monument

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 JacksonĀ  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

Stop Here! Edinburg Mill

People are survivors, and we celebrate and acknowledge that when they recover from a deadly illness, come out of a terrible experience, or find the courage to keep going after loss. What if I told you there’s a monument to survival and community work? Not a monument in the traditional sense – rather a structure that survived an inferno that consumed the Shenandoah Valley through the courage of two young women and and a rather compassionate Yankee.

The place? Edinburg Mill. Let’s stop here and take a look at the history… Continue reading

Stop Here! Historic Places To Visit

Last year I made two trips to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley for research, and on one of those journeys my mom came with me. We’d be driving down a wonderful one and a half lane country road, and I’d call out, “Wait! Stop! That’s a historic marker.” So we’d pull off and check out the sign or site.

In the time I’ve spent in The Valley, I’ve found some really remarkable and wonderful places to visit. (There are even more on my list to go back and see!) For the first Wednesday blog series of 2019, I thought it would be fun to take you on a trip through words and photographs to some of my favorite sites in Virginia that are easily accessible. Continue reading