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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ross and his new found cousin, Lloyd Gass.03-25-14 Ross and Lloyd Gass 01

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I got to meet an internet friend in Cleveland, TN  What fun!  Jenn White, thank you for meeting.03-26-14 Becky and Jenn White 01Camping outside Marion, VA in Hungry Mothers Campground. Nice campground but only part of it was open which was fine.  It was too cold to worry about it.03-26-14 Hungry Mothers RV Marion VA 0203-26-14 Hungry Mothers RV Marion VA 04

Thursday, March 27, 2014

We saw lots of race car trucks heading through Virginia.  Mike told us there was to be a race that weekend in Martinsville, VA.03-26-14 Through VA 0403-26-14 Through VA 05We also saw lots of snow through Virginia!  BRRRRR!03-26-14 Through VA 1103-26-14 Through VA 12Thursday’s main stop was Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.  I just love touring these old homes.  So much history.  We could not take pictures inside of course. But it was really magnificent.03-27-14 Monticello 01Cool old tree on the property.03-27-14 Monticello 03See the clock on the outside porch?  Well, it was backed up inside with a clock that shared the movement.  Pretty cool huh?  It was made in Philadelphia based on Jefferson’s design. It was called a seven day calendar clock. It told the time and the day of the week. As the clock weights descended down the wall of the Hall they mark off the days of the week. The clock was designed for a house in Philadelphia. When the clock was moved to Monticello there was not enough room for the weights to mark off a whole week. Jefferson needed to cut a hole in the floor of the Hall in order for the clock weights to have room for Saturday. 03-27-14 Monticello 06See the little plaques near the cannon balls?  Those are the days of the week.  Photo courtesy Thomas Jefferson Foundation.Now this measures wind direction.  It is attached to a weather vane on the roof and all they had to do was look out the front windows on the porch to see which direction the wind was from. Jefferson loved gadgets and had many on his estate. Really fun place to visit.03-27-14 Monticello 0803-27-14 Monticello 1003-27-14 Monticello 1103-27-14 Monticello 1203-27-14 Monticello 13Stables.03-27-14 Monticello 15Lots of food and wind cellars.03-27-14 Monticello 1603-27-14 Monticello 17This is an icehouse, used for preserving foods.03-27-14 Monticello 1903-27-14 Monticello 21They even had several indoor privy.  Not the ones, we know but still…03-27-14 Monticello 2003-27-14 Monticello 22Lots of beams were restored and shored up.03-27-14 Monticello 2303-27-14 Monticello 2403-27-14 Monticello 26I just thought this clock was really nice.03-27-14 Monticello 2703-27-14 Monticello 3003-27-14 Monticello 33This is where lots of things were built for the house.03-27-14 Monticello 34Cemetery of course.  It was really hard to get a picture of Jefferson’s grave.03-27-14 Monticello 3503-27-14 Monticello 3603-27-14 Monticello 37And heading out…03-27-14 Monticello 43We did  not visit James Monroe’s house but this was the path up to the house.  Would love to see it in spring. Real spring!03-27-14 Road to Monroes home 0103-27-14 through VA 0103-27-14 through VA 03The countryside in Virginia is absolutely gorgeous with it’s rolling hills.03-27-14 through VA 0403-27-14 through VA 0903-27-14 through VA 1303-27-14 through VA 1603-27-14 through VA 2403-27-14 through VA 2603-27-14 through VA 28

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ross and his new found cousin, Lloyd Gass.03-25-14 Ross and Lloyd Gass 01

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I got to meet an internet friend in Cleveland, TN  What fun!  Jenn White, thank you for meeting.03-26-14 Becky and Jenn White 01Camping outside Marion, VA in Hungry Mothers Campground. Nice campground but only part of it was open which was fine.  It was too cold to worry about it.03-26-14 Hungry Mothers RV Marion VA 0203-26-14 Hungry Mothers RV Marion VA 04

Thursday, March 27, 2014

We saw lots of race car trucks heading through Virginia.  Mike told us there was to be a race that weekend in Martinsville, VA.03-26-14 Through VA 0403-26-14 Through VA 05We also saw lots of snow through Virginia!  BRRRRR!03-26-14 Through VA 1103-26-14 Through VA 12Thursday’s main stop was Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.  I just love touring these old homes.  So much history.  We could not take pictures inside of course. But it was really magnificent.03-27-14 Monticello 01Cool old tree on the property.03-27-14 Monticello 03See the clock on the outside porch?  Well, it was backed up inside with a clock that shared the movement.  Pretty cool huh?  It was made in Philadelphia based on Jefferson’s design. It was called a seven day calendar clock. It told the time and the day of the week. As the clock weights descended down the wall of the Hall they mark off the days of the week. The clock was designed for a house in Philadelphia. When the clock was moved to Monticello there was not enough room for the weights to mark off a whole week. Jefferson needed to cut a hole in the floor of the Hall in order for the clock weights to have room for Saturday. 03-27-14 Monticello 06See the little plaques near the cannon balls?  Those are the days of the week.  Photo courtesy Thomas Jefferson Foundation.Now this measures wind direction.  It is attached to a weather vane on the roof and all they had to do was look out the front windows on the porch to see which direction the wind was from. Jefferson loved gadgets and had many on his estate. Really fun place to visit.03-27-14 Monticello 0803-27-14 Monticello 1003-27-14 Monticello 1103-27-14 Monticello 1203-27-14 Monticello 13Stables.03-27-14 Monticello 15Lots of food and wind cellars.03-27-14 Monticello 1603-27-14 Monticello 17This is an icehouse, used for preserving foods.03-27-14 Monticello 1903-27-14 Monticello 21They even had several indoor privy.  Not the ones, we know but still…03-27-14 Monticello 2003-27-14 Monticello 22Lots of beams were restored and shored up.03-27-14 Monticello 2303-27-14 Monticello 2403-27-14 Monticello 26I just thought this clock was really nice.03-27-14 Monticello 2703-27-14 Monticello 3003-27-14 Monticello 33This is where lots of things were built for the house.03-27-14 Monticello 34Cemetery of course.  It was really hard to get a picture of Jefferson’s grave.03-27-14 Monticello 3503-27-14 Monticello 3603-27-14 Monticello 37And heading out…03-27-14 Monticello 43We did  not visit James Monroe’s house but this was the path up to the house.  Would love to see it in spring. Real spring!03-27-14 Road to Monroes home 0103-27-14 through VA 0103-27-14 through VA 03The countryside in Virginia is absolutely gorgeous with it’s rolling hills.03-27-14 through VA 0403-27-14 through VA 0903-27-14 through VA 1303-27-14 through VA 1603-27-14 through VA 2403-27-14 through VA 2603-27-14 through VA 28

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