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Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington Va

Day Four – Tuesday – Greenwood, VA

Again started the day slowly. It is so nice not to have to be somewhere at a certain time or to have to wait for someone. Just the two of us and we go whenever we get ready.

Lexington – nice drive – Today was our day to visit Lexington, Va. It is about an hour from Greenwood but an easy drive on the Interstate. Upon arrival we went to the Visitor’s Center and got the layout of the land. We decided to first have a carriage tour of the city. We had a few minutes to wait so we just sat in the car and read, then crossed the street to the pick-up site. The horses were named Minnie and Pearl, white Hanoverian. The tour was interesting and we saw a lot of places that we might never have seen otherwise.. After the tour we sat in the adjoining park and had our sandwiches.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe next stop was the Stonewall Jackson House. We got there a few minutes late for the 1:00 tour so had to wait until the 1:30 tour. We wandered around the town for a few minutes and then headed on back. At exactly 1:30 we started the tour which began with a video. After the video had been going for just a couple of minutes Gary called with information about the river house so we kind lost the gist of the video. Oh well – read about him on the web. Then we toured the house. It is a simple house with simple furniture with some period pieces but very little original furniture. Still an interesting place to visit. Next we went to the Cemetery where Jackson was buried. I was fascinated by the lifespan of some of the people. Many lived into their 90’s and some to be over 100. Surprisingly however there were also many children.

Jerry was not too excited about the cemetery and decided that he was just sated with history for a while so we decided to call it a day and head on in. We stopped at a Lowe’s so he could get some screws for a hanger and then went to Walmart and did the grocery shopping. Next we drove through Crozet. Since it is the setting for many of Rita Mae Brown’s books I was excited to see it. What a disappointment. It’s definitely not a little hamlet nor a village. It’s just a town with little of interest.

The next stop was the General Store just down from Misty Mountain. Another disappointment. It’s a yuppie store with a lot of wine, high priced relishes, cheeses, etc. Nothing of interest to us. We still haven’t bought our Virginia souvenir. Wish we had gotten the bowl at Monticello!

When we got back to the campground I got my Kindle and went outside to read. A really nice gentleman walked by and when I spoke he began to talk and eventually just sat and visited with me. He was an elderly gentleman who lost his wife of 63 years in October. Apparently they had been RVing for a long time because after she died his granddaughter suggested that he buy a new motor home so he did. He had camped in May and although alone in his camper he was accompanied by his family in their camper. This was his first trip out by himself. I could tell that he was so lonely so we sat and talked a long while. Hoping I see him again. He was from Fredericksburg which is not too far from Greenwood.

Went in and we had dinner, sloppy joes and french fries. After dinner I went back outside and then Jerry joined me. We read for a while and then another Robert came over. He was a mite haughty and I might be too if I was in 42 foot Tiffin Allegro. Wow – a nice rig but expensive, probably in $350 range He was from Knoxville and kept saying he wished his wife would come out but she never did. They’re going to Monticello tomorrow (we never saw him again either).

Inside and early to bed again.

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