We just can't get enough of the cool places to see and the history to learn about in Virginia. In September we took a couple of overnight trips, first to southern Virginia in Norfolk, when Kent had a TDY there and I tagged along. On the way home from Norfolk we stopped at Fort Monroe, and found out some pretty interesting things.
I had to get a picture of me with the antique piano!
This is the room where the surrender was signed. The furnishings are reproductions.
This is the outside of the house. We'd been to Appomattox Courthouse several years ago, but wanted to go again because this year was the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
Not too far away is Poplar Forest, a home designed and owned by Thomas Jefferson.
The inside isn't furnished because it's being painstakingly restored using methods and tools that would have been used in the 1700's when it was first built.
We spent the night in Roanoke, and headed out the next morning to see the "Natural Bridge", a place Kent and I hadn't been to yet.
On the same property near the natural bridge is a re-created native American living history village, built to authentically replicate the dwellings and tools used many years ago.