Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Manassas etc.

Jenn was here in Maryland visiting for a few days after taking care of some business left over from her time in Virginia. Hubby and I took her to her flight at Dulles and then hit the road to go explore a bit.
We went to Fairfax and saw the old courthouse and ate lunch there. They're doing tremendous work to the courthouse complex there and everything was pretty much fenced in . Then we hit the road again to go to Manassas. We got our stamps at the National Park Visitor Center like the "Parkies" we are, and got outside on the beautiful day to walk and explore the battlefield. These are some pictures from the battlefield.
The stone house is very famous from the 2nd battle of Manassas, and sits on a very busy intersection now. I had to crop out all the traffic going by on the roads. It's still a beautiful house.
This is the famous statue of Stonewall Jackson with the artillery line behind the monument. We viewed the electric map inside the visitor's center which outlined the 1st Manassas/Bull Run battle and the Union and Confederate lines during the battle.
After leaving Manassas, we drove the "back way" home through Leesburg and stopped at a wonderful quilting store in Frederick that has lots of Civil War era patterns and fabrics...I got a couple of dress sized pieces of period correct cotton. Then off we went to Gettysburg for dinner at Appalacian Brewing Company. We wandered the battlefield there after dinner and I really thought this Pensylvanian monument was beautiful. It's all done in Marble and bronze. Everytime we go there, I think I see a monument I didn't really notice before.

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