July 22, 2014
July 21, 2014
Last week I drove to Staunton to meet my older daughter for lunch. She was late arriving at the restaurant so I entertained myself by wandering around the parking lot taking pictures of the flowers.
Fortunately it was a pretty day and there were plenty of flowers to see.
I can understand why Lynn was delayed. It takes longer to get dressed and take care of pets while wearing a cast! She's not complaining though because this should take care of a wrist problem that has bothered her for years. And the cast is purple!
Linking to: Today's Flowers
July 20, 2014
When I arrived at Holy Cross Abbey for the tour Friday, I was surprised to see a hundred or more cars and a crowd of about 200 people. The topic was the Battle of Cool Spring, which took place 150 years ago.
Jonathan Noyalas of LFCC and Shannon Moeck of the National Park Service were co-leading the tour. After lectures at a couple of sites on the abbey's property, the group traveled to the other side of the Shenandoah River to continue the tour on Shenandoah University's Cool Spring Campus.
In July 1864, General Jubal Early’s army, returning from his raid on Washington, was attacked by Federal units who forded the Shenandoah River and took up positions in the woods behind a stone wall at Cool Spring farm, now the site of a quiet monastery. A violent battle ensued, resulting in the Federal units retreating back across the river.
Most people have never heard of this battle, which is known variously as the Battle of Cool Spring, Island Ford, Parkers Ford, Snickers Ferry, and Castleman’s Ferry. Although it was a Confederate victory and delayed the Union pursuit by a few days, the armies would meet again in the Shenandoah Valley, with a significant Union victory taking place two months later at Winchester.
I've taken several tours led by Prof. Noyalas, starting in April 2008. Ranger Shannon was a fellow student on some of the tours, and now gives talks and tours regularly as a ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Battlefield Park.
|Shenandoah River Near Parkers Ford|
|River Seen from Western Side|
Linking to: Scenic Weekends
July 19, 2014
"Relics of Cool Spring" are on display this month at Shenandoah University's new campus at Cool Spring. These items were collected by Brother James Sommers of Holy Cross Abbey. After his death the collection was donated to the Clarke County Historical Association.
Knapsack parts, Chain from brass horse bit,
Heel plates, Buckles
The university's recently acquired land was formerly a golf course, mostly in flood plain along the Shenandoah River. New Civil War Trails Markers are now in place to tell the story of the Battle of Cool Spring, which took place 150 years ago after Confederate forces under Jubal Early attacked Fort Stevens and retreated back to the Shenandoah Valley.
See also: 2008 Post on Visit to Holy Cross Abbey
July 18, 2014
July 17, 2014
Etlan is a small town in in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. It's not far from Old Rag Mountain, known for it's rugged appearance and a popular hiking trail.
|Antique Log Cabins for Sale|
|Old Raggedy Ann Antiques ... Shoes, Builders...|
Linking to: Signs, Signs
July 16, 2014
July 15, 2014
July 14, 2014
Blandy Experimental Farm
It wasn't our plan to go to Blandy on Thursday. Frank had expressed a desire to visit Glen Burnie in Winchester, but we were busy and got a late start. The gardens there close fairly early (4 PM) and worse, rain clouds were clearly headed in that direction. So we veered east on Route 50 and went to the arboretum at Blandy.
We had time for a picnic lunch and a short walk before the rains reached us. It's a pretty place, situated in a portion of Virginia's horse country that's west of the Shenandoah River. I managed to get some pleasant photos which I've been posting over the last few days.
Linking to: Nature's Footstep Inspiring Photography