August 26, 2013

A Westward Circle Tour

On our 5-day road trip last week I managed to visit three places on my bucket list! The most significant was the home of my g-g-g-grandfather in Ohio; the others were Breaks Interstate Park and the Jackson Mill.
Our first destination was Breaks in southwestern Virginia. It was the farthest distance from home and we spent two nights in that beautiful park. My ancestor's home was about 3 hours north of there, and I had reserved a hotel room across the Ohio River from it in Barboursville, WV. ( I'll post photos of all the trip highlights later.) We spent one night in Barboursville/Huntington, which I was slightly familiar with from a history tour we took in 2006.
The third destination was the historic mill and village where Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson grew up near Weston, West Virginia. It was about half-way between Barboursville and home, and a reasonable 3-hour drive from each. Of course, three hours always takes us longer because we stop for lunch and gas. 

The map gives you a rough idea of our route, which I drew on a map I clipped from National Atlas


  1. glad you got to visit a few 'to-do' places. :)

  2. I can't wait to see some pictures from your adventures in my neck of the woods! I am very familiar with Barboursville as it's not really that far from my house. We have been to West many times also. I'm pretty sure I've been on the entire West Virginia line you drew!

  3. Sounds like you had a great trip. Looking forward to seeing your pictures of it!

  4. How fun... we didn't get to do a lot this year... hopefully next year we travel a little more.


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