Virginia

Roanoke and Jamestown

Roanoke and Jamestown

We explored both the historic Roanoke and Jamestown settlement sites while in Virginia and northern North Carolina. These were the locations of the first attempts of England to settle in North America. Roanoke settlement was a complete failure and Jamestown settlement was a huge struggle. The national park service and Virginia both had great exhibits …

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Stratford Hall Plantation

Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall Plantation is a Virginia plantation dating to prior to the Revolutionary war. The Lee family built the Stratford Hall Plantation on the south shore of the Potomac River in Virginia. The plantation is to the east of Pope’s Creek. Pope Creek is the birthplace of George Washington. I mentioned Pope Creek Plantation in …

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Washington’s Greatest Gift

Washington's Greatest Gift

What was Washington’s greatest gift to our country? While in Virginia we have been visiting locations associated with George Washington. Perhaps more words have been written about George Washington than about any other American. Without his monumental effort, our country wouldn’t exist. His gifts to our country have a lot to do with the birth …

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Shenandoah River

There are only a few places that I know of that inspire people to write songs. Shenandoah is one of these places. Shenandoah is at the north end of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unlike most of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah River flows lazily along the valley parallel to the ridgeline. The Shenandoah River …

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Coal Mine Life

Working the Coal Mines

For the previous 200 hundred years in West Virginia, coal from the coal mines was the number one resource that everyone wanted. Everyone in every West Virginia town that we have visited worked for the coal mines, even if they were not coal miners. Coal Miner’s Daughter Coal Miner’s Daughter doesn’t describe me but does …

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Wampus caterwauling

Wampus caterwauling

Drinkin too much likker causes wampus caterwauling . As we explore western Virginia and West Virginia we are really enjoying it. That doesn’t mean we understand the locals when they talk. It is way different than I expected. The locals call it mountain talk. One local even mentioned the word hillbilly. I will explain more …

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Two Virginias

Two Virginias

We have found two Virginias in Virginia. I am not referring to West Virginia and Virginia. Rather, two Virginias inside the state of Virginia. Years ago we visited the Washington D.C. corner of Virginia. That was our first introduction to Virginia. We are now in the other of the two Virginias. Most people divide Virginia …

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Crazy Kudzu

Crazy kudzu

Crazy kudzu is everywhere. This is our number one observation over the last month. Crazy kudzu dominates North Carolina and southern Virginia. I first heard of kudzu in the 1960s. It was already a problem invasive species intentionally imported from Japan as decoration in 1876. It spread as food for animals and erosion control. I …

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Campsite Review: Horseshoe Point Campground

Campsite Review Horseshoe Point Campground

Campsite Review: Horseshoe Point Campground is located northwest of Martinsville Virginia. The campground is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers on the east side of Philpott Lake. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Roanoak, Virginia. Horseshoe Point Campground has easy access and a boat launch on Philpott Lake. There …

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Campsite Review: Goose Point Campground

Campsite Review Goose Point

Campsite Review: Goose Point Campground is located northwest of Martinsville Virginia. The campground is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers on the west side of Philpott Lake. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Roanoak, Virginia. Salthouse Branch Campground has easy access and a boat launch on Philpott Lake. There …

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Campsite Review: Salthouse Branch

Campsite Review Salthouse Branch

Campsite Review: Salthouse Branch Campground is located north of Martinsville Virginia. The campground is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers on the east side of Philpott Lake. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Roanoak, Virginia. Salthouse Branch Campground has easy access and a boat launch on Philpott Lake. There …

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Campsite Review: Buffalo Park Campground

Campsite Review Buffalo Park Campground

Campsite Review: Buffalo Park Campground is located west of Clarksville Virginia. Buffalo Park Campground is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers on the south side of the John H. Kerr Reservoir. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Raleigh, North Carolina. Buffalo Park Campground has easy access and a boat …

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