|Old Court House|
|Winchester City Hall|
|View from the Courthouse Steps, Winchester, Virginia|
“In Winchester we were consigned to the court-house and the inclosure between it and the street. There were already in the these precincts a crowd of some 300 rebels, stragglers, conscripts and the riff-raff a provost-guard can pick up—a miserable lot—who did not fraternize with our men, and who were so filthy in clothing and habits that our men remained of choice in the open yard without tents or blankets, even during the nights of hoarfrost, to avoid contact with those in the court-house, which we were otherwise free to occupy.”
Here's an excerpt from the Civil War Trails sign that's in front of the building:
During the Civil War, the Union and Confederate armies each used the Frederick County Courthouse as a hospital and a prison.
|County Courthouse, Winchester, VA|
The Greek Revival-style Frederick County Courthouse, designed by Baltimore architect Robert Cary Long, Jr., was completed in 1840. It was the third on this location. In 1758, the first courthouse was the site of George Washington’s first election to office, when voters here elected him a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses.
|HRHS Heritage Museum, Dayton, VA|
|On Water Street in Woodstock, VA|
|The Effinger Trail in Woodstock's Riverview Park consists of two loops, each a third of a mile long. The trail was muddy on the day we visited and we only walked the first loop. It's fairly level as far as the viewpoint shown here, where you look down on the North Fork of the Shenandoah. |
After that the trail heads downhill into a ravine where the second loop starts at a footbridge. The first loop heads upwards for a short but steep climb back to the starting point.
|Frank on the Effinger Trail, Shenandoah County, VA|
This trail is dedicated to Captain John Ignatious Von Effinger (1756-1839), a Hessian soldier who deserted from the British in the American Revolution and joined the American forces. He was later put in command of George Washington's bodyguards. Captain Effinger lived in Woodstock for many years and is buried in St. Paul's UCC cemetery on S. Church Street in Woodstock.
This trail was designed and constructed by Boy Scouts of America Troop # 54, Edinburg, VA, and dedicated in November 1999.The park is on Cemetery Road east of town, near the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.
|I ordered a Blog2Print book for the year 2009. With this purchase, we'll now have albums of my blog posts from 2005 through 2009. |
I chose this photo for the album cover. Here we were enjoying a trip to Spruce Knob in West Virginia.
|While Frank was in the dentist's office last week, I grew tired of reading and went for a walk along the road. I took some photos of the rural landscape and the nearby interstate. In the distance is the northern end of the Massanutten Range. |
Three years ago I posted a slightly different view that was closer to the mountain.
|Looking Toward Great North Mountain, VA|
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