September 18, 2014
Here's a mystery: There are two signs on this fence. I understand the No Parking sign. After all, this is near a fishing spot on the Shenandoah River and the property owners don't want their driveway blocked with cars and boats. But then on the fence rail, there's a date. Let's take a closer look.
What do you suppose the significance of October 11 of next year is?
and Good Fences
September 17, 2014
September 16, 2014
What kind of Civil War buff would I be if I left Oatlands without saying something about the Civil War? A sign next to the parking lot tells us about that era.
The Civil War arrived in Loudoun County on October 21, 1861, with the Battle of Ball’s Bluff. As Confederate forces gathered to protect Leesburg, Elizabeth Grayson Carter, the widowed mistress of Oatlands, wrote in her journal on October 17, “Our troops falling back on Centerville - Mississippi Regt’s encamped at the Mill – Solders here all day.”The marker goes on to say that Mrs. Carter left Oatlands for Upperville and Confederate Gen. Nathan “Shanks” Evans made Oatlands his headquarters. As the war went on, Oatlands was "a haven for family, friends, and soldiers, including Eppa Hunton, Norborne Berkeley, Baron Von Massow, and Mosby’s Rangers." (The entire text can be read on HMDB.org.)
Elizabeth’s son Benjamin served with the 8th Virginia Infantry Regiment, while her son George acted as a courier. On the day of the battle, she wrote, “A day of excitement – Ben came home at night wounded in the little finger. Wonderful escape – Terrible Battle near Leesburg – great victory for us tho’ our loss is great.”
Linking to: Our World Tuesday
September 15, 2014
For today's Random-osity linkup, I chose three photos I took at Oatlands Plantation in Loudoun County. First we have the graceful manor house as seen from the garden. The house dates from the early 1800's. Next, for "random," I chose a shot taken through the library window. An aging statuette graces a shelf inside.
For the fun category, I'm sharing a picture of the gift shop. It's fun to look for unique souvenirs, isn't it?
Linking to: Good, Random, and Fun
September 14, 2014
September 13, 2014
Frank's sister is visiting and wanted to visit a historic home so we took her to Oatlands near Leesburg a few days ago. The gardens are lovely!
I went there with a garden club in 2010 and Frank was there many years ago, but it's worth seeing more than once.
Linking to: Today's Flowers
and Weekend No Rules
September 12, 2014
|Historical Marker and Foundation|
|Ready for a Wedding|
When we visited Belle Grove last weekend, it was set up for a wedding. The festive decorations were in contrast to the history of the property, which was once part of a Civil War battlefield. This is in Middletown in the lovely Shenandoah Valley.
|Bullet hole from Battle of Cedar Creek|
|Another column with a bullet hole|
Linking to: Skywatch Friday
and Scenic Weekends
September 11, 2014
|Altered in Photoshop|
Moral: A troll deserves to be put in his place.
Linking to: Good Fences
and NF Digital Art
September 10, 2014
September 9, 2014
Good: A dog who never barks or bites or messes up the house.
Random: I took this picture because it reminded me of Janis Joplin's song, "Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz."
Fun: Here's Frank's brother taking his lady friend for a spin.