Virginia

Reconstruction of the barracks at James Fort by Steven Michael Martin at album.us.com

Jamestown

Fort Monroe National Monument

President Obama designated portions of Fort Monroe a National Monument in 2011, his first exercise of this authority under the Antiquities Act.  It guarded navigation of the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads.  Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned here for two years.

Dudley Digges House, circa 1760 Historic Yorktown by Steven Michael Martin at album.us.com

Yorktown and Yorktown Victory Monument

The Yorktown monument was commissioned by the Continental Congress in 1781 to commemorate the great victory.  A 95-foot monument, it commemorates the French-American victory when generals Washington, Rochambeau, the Comte de Grasse, and the Marquis de Lafayette defeated Lord Cornwallis, who waited to be rescued by an expected British flotilla.  The Continental Congress agreed to erect the monument in 1781, right after the October victory, but it wasn’t built for nearly 100 years.

Battle of Bull Run Reenactment – 155th Anniversary – Union Camp

For the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), there was a reenactment on the Battle of Cedar Creek Battlefield in Middletown, VA.  The battle was originally fought on July 21st, 1861.  There are four albums in this portfolio.  This is the Union States set.  These pictures are taken in their camp.

Battle of Bull Run Reenactment – 155th Anniversary – Confederate Camp

For the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), there was a reenactment on the Battle of Cedar Creek Battlefield in Middletown, VA.  The battle was originally fought on July 21st, 1861.  There are four albums in this portfolio.  This is the Confederate States set.  The pictures are taken in their camp.

Blizzard in Historic Winchester

We were lucky enough to be in Winchester for the Blizzard of 2016. We had over 3 feet of snow from Friday to Saturday night!  This town is beautiful year round, but it took on a whole new beauty when blanketed in snow and icicles.  And sledding with our next door neighbors and their friends made us feel like kids again (until I broke the sled…then I felt like a fat old guy)!

Christmas in Winchester 2015

We decided that we would celebrate Christmas together in Virginia this year. The houses in Winchester were decorated more than any place I’ve ever seen. And the highlight was on Christmas Eve, when the Luminaries were lit all over town, lighting up all the streets. Even Santa came to have a look.

We went to mass in a couple of places in Maryland (The Basilica & Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, and the Saint Anthony Shrine in Emmitsburg). For any curious Catholics out there, the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton pays tribute to the life and mission of Elizabeth Ann Seton (August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821), the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.

Shenandoah NP – Hike

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