April 12, 2021

A Warrenton Mural

Yesterday we were in Warrenton and I decided to try to locate a mural I had seen on the internet. The article about it did not provide an address but I thought it was in the historic district, which is also the trendy part of town. That is not a large area so I drove around and found it on the side of a building.
Unfortunately it was on the shady side of the building in the afternoon so it photographed with little contrast. I walked closer and took some detail shots, a few of which look clear enough to tell a story. There are Civil War soldiers, onlookers, and a baptism in a river near a railroad trestle.
Monday Murals / Mosaic Monday

The artist is Stewart B. White. The subject is Unity and Forgiveness, apparently following the Civil War. Perhaps I'll get back when the light is better so I can see the details. I read that this is full of symbolism and hidden portraits.

Not far from there I saw a purple cow, so I parked and took a few shots on that block.


  1. Wow, Linda. It looks like there is a lot going on in that mural! Look forward to seeing more of it! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  2. That street art is so detailed! I'm glad you found it as are we all you found a purple cow - what a laugh!!

  3. Hello, The mural is beautiful. I like the purple cow too. Have a great day!

  4. ...it nice to show the history.

  5. And now I'm wondering the significance of purple cows...

    1. It was originally a poem and now has a history in Wikipedia.
      I never saw a Purple Cow,
      I never hope to see one;
      But I can tell you, anyhow,
      I'd rather see than be one

  6. I thoroughly enjoy these murals, for their histories of the towns. Thank you for sharing them Linda and I would like to see that purple cow :)

  7. How neat! And to see a purple cow was a real bonus! heehee! Enjoy your week!

  8. Makes sense that it would be a Civil War mural.

  9. purple cow looks so cute...
    thank you for sharing a story...

  10. Can’t say you never saw a purple cow now! .... it would be interesting to do a more thorough examination of all the symbolism in that mural ... your home area is so loaded with history!

  11. Hi Linda
    I am from the UK so really not familiar with the Civil War however I am currently watching a Ken Burns documentary about it. Its fascinating..... fancy stumbling across a Purple Cow...

  12. A lovely historical mural, what a pity it's so dark.
    We had a cow parade here in Perth a few years ago, when about 30 or 40 artists painted cows in all sorts of colours and patterns and we also had a purple cow :)
    Thanks for participating in Monday Murals.

  13. A purple cow! That's different.

    All the best Jan


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