Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Many Discoveries at Lexington, Virginia

8-20-16

We had a free Saturday...there was a free quilt row pattern in this town called Lexington...the weather was gorgeous so....we took our first ever trip to Lexington.

When we entered town we drove through a fortress!!!!! We were flabbergasted! It was the famed VMI (Virginia Military Institute). We first saw it when we watched the movie Gods and Generals when we studied the Civil War in homeschool. Then around the corner was the famed Washington and Lee University.  We had learned about that university back when we lived in Texas when we read a biography on Robert E. Lee. What a difference in architecture between the two campuses. And they are right next door to each other. I had no idea. It was such a surprise, on so many levels, that my camera wasn't ready for picture taking.

We drove on to the quilt shop where I not only collected my free pattern, but my daughter and I got snagged into sewing a few blocks for charity. All the blocks would eventually make a quilt that was to be auctioned off. The proceeds were to help battered women. I was more than happy to help. I blogged about all that here.

Then we walked down the street to a lovely secluded garden for lunch. After lunch we walked around town a bit. This is when I finally started taking pictures...

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Loved this millinery sign...

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Another secluded garden...

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The brick building ahead with the sage green trim (love that color) is the Stonewall Jackson House. I think he lived here while he taught at VMI.

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The Robert E. Lee Hotel dates back to 1926.

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The rest of the photos were taken while driving in the van, while leaving downtown Lexington. We didn't get to see Washington and Lee University again, but we did see VMI far ahead...

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All the new students were arriving for a new school year.

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That was quite an experience! We'll have to come back to actually do some sight seeing! While there we'll also have to find the birthplace of Sam Houston of Texas fame. While in Texas he was the general who captured Santa Anna. He was the first president of Texas when it was a Republic. Then he was the first governor when Texas became a state.  Sam Houston was born near this town of Lexington. His bust is even in the Virginia state capitol.

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