We had a wonderful trip from Pennsylvania through West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, and back through Indiana & Illinois to Iowa. The scenery of West Virginia & Virginia is so very lush & green; it just feeds the wandering spirit.
|The walking trail at Fredericksburg explains the battle!|
|This monument depicts a soldier giving water to a |
dying soldier of the opposition.
|Spotsylvania & Fredericksburg|
The parks are amazing with history!
|General Jackson was wounded at Chancellorsville &|
is highly immortalized on this battlefield.
|We walked the area of the Bloody Angle|
We visited the Shirley Plantation, home of General Lee's mother in Virginia. It is such a beautiful & distinguished home right on the James River where the cool breezes flow throughout the house. It takes you back into the time of masters & slaves on the plantations. See the huge Willow Oak tree that is over 350 years old.
|Three stories high - 11 generations have lived there.|
Family still lives in the upper two floors.
|The 350-year old willow oak tree on the James River|
We traveled on through Richmond, where I wish we had more time to enjoy, on to Williamsburg to see one of the very first settlements in America. The visitor's center in Williamsburg is a learning center in itself. The little town has been revived to put you into the colonial mode building-by-building so you can get a real feel for what the town was like in the early 1700's. And with your pass you can go inside the buildings & relive their way-of-life.
|A street in Williamsburg, VA|
|The Capitol at Williamsburg|
Oh, in the excitement of Civil War history, I almost forgot to tell you that Pittsburgh market was awesome; great to reconnect with friends in the quilting world. Opportunities always abound at market & this spring was no exception. Two of my quilts will be featured in Quiltmania - one this fall & another next spring. Look for them in Quiltmania - such a beautifully printed magazine! Actually each issue is more like a book than a magazine. The design & printing of the quilts is beautiful. If you have not seen an issue of Quiltmania, you really should find one to enjoy soon!
Have a fabulous weekend in July!!