August 28, 2005

Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown

I've been working on my photographs of Belle Grove and have finally posted them on my Civil War battlefields website. Belle Grove is a lovely old manor home in the Shenandoah Valley where the Battle of Cedar Creek was fought. The house has connections to Presidents Madison and Jefferson.

I also posted a page from a Civil War encampment at Belle Grove. There are some cute shots of a little girl taking hay to horses as well as some photos of reenactors in uniforms. I almost took a photo of a Civil War soldier talking on a cell phone in front of his SUV, but it didn't seem right! It was strange seeing soldiers haul cannons away on trailers behind their pickup trucks too.

Belle Grove is on the Valley Pike (U.S. route 11) between Strasburg and Winchester, VA. It's run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. They close it during the winter although there are a few weekends when it's open for holiday-theme tours.

August 24, 2005

Civil War battles of 1861- Dr. Poland's book

Charles Poland I
posted a book review on Amazon for The Glories of War - Small Battles and Early Heroes of 1861. The book is quite interesting and I'm a fan of Dr. Poland so I gave it 5 stars. Charles Poland is the history professor at NVCC Annandale who leads Civil War Field Trips. This year's series of trips will begin on Saturday.

August 20, 2005

Arctic drilling

I realize that we face energy shortages, but drilling in the arctic won't help us this decade, plus even its supporters admit it will produce only a small amount of oil. Why risk ruining this unique wilderness? Sign the petition at

August 18, 2005

Chatham Manor photos

I just posted a page of photographs of historic Chatham near Fredericksburg. Chatham was visited by many famous people including George Washington, Robert E. Lee and Walt Whitman.
Chatham is now hosted by the National Park Service and is well worth a visit.

August 16, 2005

Alaska and Bears

I see that a movie is out about Timothy Treadwell, "Grizzly Man." He was a friend of Alaskan bears and was killed by them in 2003. Marie posted some photos of bears on her Alaska tour and mentioned Treadwell on her message board.

The D.C. City Paper has an interesting interview with the filmmaker Werner Herzog called Bear Witness.

August 14, 2005

Potomac Heat

It's hot here in the Potomac River region. I've lived here all my life and this is the hottest August I've ever seen.

When I was a child, we didn't have air conditioning, but electric fans kept us comfortable most of the time.

The Ecostewards Alliance is helping Northern Virginians to preserve the environment. Check out their site.

August 12, 2005

Stonewall Jackson Shrine

I posted photos of the place where Stonewall Jackson died on my Civil War Field Trips site. The National Park Service maintains the Jackson Shrine at Guinea Station near Thornburg, VA.

August 11, 2005

Marie's adventures

Marie Javins continues to entertain us with her adventures in Africa. Reminds me of one of her earlier trips which seems riskier now than it did at the time: an expedition to northern Pakistan near the Afghan border.

August 8, 2005

House for rent, Glebe Harbor, VA

We are making our house at Glebe Harbor available for rent. See for details.

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August 4, 2005

Domain Names

I've decided to sell the domain name for a bargain price. Write to me if you're interested.

I also have some names listed on Afternic and others listed at

August 3, 2005

Marie learns not to hurry in Uganda

Marie Javins has created a blog for her visit to Africa. It will no doubt be informative and fun to read, like her world tour using local transit in 2001.

Meanwhile, the Boyles family continues to post their family photos and Alice has started posting photos of the grandkids.

August 1, 2005

Revised sites

I posted the August events for singles in the DC area for Spiritual Singles.

I posted a new homepage for Frank Walcroft.