This is the interior of the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. This hotel was opened in 1895 and was designed in the opulence of the Gilded Age. Margaret Mitchell wrote segments of Gone with the Wind here, and alligators previously inhabited its fountain pools. http://ow.ly/kqJ530fQm0F
“The cuddy,” a small attic space just off the Dome Room at Monticello. I thought I remembered the tour guide telling us that Patsy Jefferson liked to play here. A web search to validate my memory yields the information that it was used by Jefferson’s adult granddaughters when they wanted time to themselves. Maybe it was used by both. I suppose it doesn’t really matter. It is a sweet little room, and I could easily see how it would appeal to someone who wanted some quiet time away from the chaos and constant stream of visitors that apparently dominated Jefferson’s household. Because the space is very dark with a single bright spot at the window, I found it difficult to get a reasonably useful shot of the space. (I don't think we were supposed to use flash, so no help there.) Anyway, I was pleased to capture an image that shows at least some detail -- until I looked on the web and found almost THIS EXACT SAME SHOT all over the place. Just when you think you've managed something not easily done, the internet jumps up to put you in your place!
This is Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. Mount Vernon was the home of Washington's half-brother Lawrence, and Washington inherited the estate in 1754. It sits on a natural rise astride the Potomac River south of Alexandria. http://ow.ly/IYBv30fQlQj
William B. Thalhimer, Jr.: Retail Executive, CEO Thalhimer Brothers, Inc., 1950-1987, Chairman of Thalhimer Brothers, Inc., 1973-1990; Served in United States Marine Corps, 1942-1946. Thalhimer Brothers, Inc.: opened as a one-room, family-owned retail store in Richmond, Va., 1842; Incorporated, 1921; acquired first store, Sosnick's in Winston-Salem, N.C., 1949; publicly traded, 1953; merged with Carter, Hawley, Hale, 1978; acquired by May Company, 1990; merged with May Company subsidiary, Hecht's, 1992 and the Thalhimer name was discontinued. #hanginghistory#virginiahistory#maymont#thalhimers#findyourpark
It's been just a few days more than a whole year since my first visit to Thomas Jefferson's #Monticello —a time when I was in a far better state than I feel myself at presently. Just as the weather then was calm and fair, even cool, I too was far leveler than I can currently claim to be. I saw for myself at that time what I thought then a sure vision of where I would be a year later —happy, studying the subject I love in the place that I love, tho' none of this came to fruition, quite unfortunately. I hope to regain at least a little of that optimism (tho' perhaps a more realistic amount) to move past the melancholy that's seemed to have sunk its vice grip into me as of late. But how I do wish I were in Virginia...
View from one of the windows in the domed room at the top of Monticello. As I understood it, this room has benn largely unused -- even in Jefferson's day. All I could think was what a wonderful place it would be to set up a study for reading and/or writing, or (today) a craft room! The light coming in from all of those circular windows was excellent, and the view was lovely. I suppose it gets frightfully hot in summer though.
grace sherwood wasn't a witch, but "self-possessed and non-conforming single mom, farmer, and midwife" doesn't have the same ring to it. when she was tried for witchcraft by ducking at the mouth of the lynnhaven river in 1706 she didn't sink or float, but capably untied herself, which seemed proof of otherworldly dealings. she spent seven years in prison and then lived out the rest of her days at her home in pungo, where upon her death huge numbers of black cats started appearing. men wary of the cats' association with sherwood took it upon themselves to kill the animals, which led to the great infestation of grain-destroying rodents in princess anne of 1743 (people doing tremendously self-destructive things out of fear of women - the great american pastime!). all this is to say, grace's story is a timeless and relevant one, and i like to think her little familiars are still out there prowling the tidewater and beyond, spreading kindness and knowledge and pushing everyone a little beyond what's comfortable. (limited number of these will be at @craftedva this saturday!)
One of my favorite details spotted during our visit to Monticello was the compass rose mounted on the ceiling of the northeast portico. It connects to the weathervane on the roof and is visible from windows in the entrance hall and nearby rooms. This clever feature enabled residents of the house to determine wind direction without stepping outdoors.
This is Christ's Church in Lancaster, the best preserved colonial church in Virginia. This Church's construction was funded by Robert King Carter of Shirley Plantation, and is the only 1700s church in Virginia to exist in a perfect original condition. http://ow.ly/DPWF30fJXr9
Sparks are flying and the earth is shaking here at the @vawarmemorial as construction on the new education space and parking garage continues! 👷🏽👷🏻♀️💥🚜🚧Come check out the ongoing construction and visit the museum and shrine. We are still open to the public, Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm, and our volunteers are always happy to give a guided tour!
The Peyton-Randolph home in Williamsburg. Construction of this two story, L-shaped Georgian-style structure began in 1715. The home has been occupied by several influential families over the years, the most notable being that of Peyton Randolph, the first President of the Continental Congress. Stories of the home being "haunted" go back to 1824, with French General Marquis de Lafayette, who had been a friend of Randolph, reporting that he had been awoken by voices in the night and of sensing a hand resting on his shoulder. Today it is considered one of America's most haunted homes, though I saw nothing to confirm this during my tour. #williamsburg#virginiahistory#virginia#oldhomes#plantation#hauntedhouse
This Columbus Day, make sure to visit Jamestown Settlement! This is a life-size reconstruction of the Susan B. Constant, one of the three English vessels that arrived in Virginia in the Spring of 1607, 115 years after Columbus' famous voyage. http://ow.ly/pzhu30fIRgs
201 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902 In 1919, local philanthropist, Paul Goodloe McIntire, offered the community the gift of a library. McIntire's gift included land, design, construction of the building, furnishings and the collection of books. Opening in 1921, this became the community's first public municipal library. In 1934, the first branch library was funded by the City. In recent days this library has been pictured in the background of many news casts as it face Emancipation Park. #virginiahistory#hanginghistory#charlottesville#charlottsvilleva#library#historiclibrary#books#emancipationpark
I’ve been on a Civil War kick this weekend, so I visited the site of John Wilkes Booth’s death and the house where Stonewall Jackson died. I love having this much history so close! #civilwar#virginiahistory
I am guessing here – no research to back up my conjecture – but I suggest that, aside from the White House, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is the most recognizable house façade in the U.S. Like the man who built it, Monticello is both of its time and ahead of its time. An elegant combination of contradictions, the house is shaped by classical influences while incorporating more modern asthetics, flaunts both egalitarian and elitist themes, and celebrates scientific thinking while occasionally giving way to flights of whimsy and ruinous obsessions. (And, by the way, the staircase to the upper floors is horribly steep and narrow! Just sayin’.) Nonetheless, it is a beautiful, reflective place – certainly worthy of its status as a national treasure.
Brandon- Prince George County,Virginia-c.Mid 18thc. An Amazing spread of land 4,400 acres, Brandon is one of America's oldest continuous agricultural operations. Thomas Jefferson is often given credit for the design, of note is the magnificent Carved Pineapple on the Roof. Home to the Harrison family,Brandon was sold to Robert W.Daniel Sr.,(aTitanic survivor) in 1926 and remained in his family till 2013. Brandon sold to a Florida family for 17.8 million dollars where they plan to live, do some restoration work and continue to farm over 1,600 acres of land. My parents and I would visit Brandon in the summertime and with all the beauty and hospitality, you know what my biggest memory is? That they had a gas and diesel pump near the garage, I thought how cool to have your own service station 🙄#jpnantiquities#upperbrandon#lesserknownvirginiahomes#virginia#virginiahistory#carvedpineapple#colonialvirginia
The "Johnny Reb" monument in downtown Norfolk, Virginia honors those who perished while serving their commonwealth from 1861-1865. The statue was dedicated at the last meeting of Confederate veterans in 1907 and is the work of Norfolk native William Couper. There are currently efforts to have the 150 foot tall monument relocated to a nearby cemetery. #norfolkva#tidewater#sculpure#virginiahistory#civilwar#confederate
If you have created any memories in the quaint town of Lexington, VA or know someone who has, consider owning or giving a 6"x8" easel back ceramic tile of this painting. It would make a great gift for anyone frequenting W&L or VMI. (Swipe left for pics) I will have the tiles with me on location in the Elrod Commons Atrium just outside of the
Washington and Lee University Store this Fri. 9-5 & Sat. 9-3 for a "LIVE" painting event. Come on over and see "my latest"...in progress!
UPDATE: I'm happy to announce that "Morning Shadows Over Lexington" 24"x48" Oil on canvas has been sold. Giclee canvas and paper prints are available online at memoriesinpaint.com and are on display now at Buck's Barber Shop and Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast.
Thank you again to the Lexington Visitor's Center for hosting me in April for the unveiling of this piece and to the Rockbridge Arts Guild for your support!
#lovelexva @mainstreetlex @lexingtonvirginiaandtherockbridgeareatourism
Visit New Town on Jamestown Island! The area west of the 1607 James Fort was settled from the 1620s to the 1670s, taking on the name "New Towne". Jamestown ceased to be Virginia's Capitol when the House of Burgesses moved to Williamsburg in 1698. http://ow.ly/FqWu30fBBvz
13061 W James Anderson Hwy, Buckingham, VA 23921
Buckingham Courthouse Historic District is a historic county courthouse complex and national historic district located at Buckingham, Buckingham County, Virginia. It encompasses 10 contributing buildings and 1 contributing object. The courthouse building was built in 1873, and is a two-story temple-form Greek Revival style building fronted by a pedimented tetrastyle Doric order portico. It replaced an earlier courthouse designed by Thomas Jefferson and built between 1822 and 1824, but burned down in 1869. Also included in the district is the former Buckingham Tavern, former Buckingham Inn, the Leach House, the Presbyterian manse, the Masonic Hall, a brick house called West View, the Trinity Presbyterian Church (c. 1830), and Confederate monument #hanginghistory#virginiahistory#buckinghamcounty
Visit Richmond's Old City Hall! This breathtaking Victorian Gothic structure served as Richmond's city hall from 1894 to the 1970s. Preservationists prevented its demolition, which would have made way for a parking deck. http://ow.ly/PHjL30fym8a
I have lived in Fredericksburg for 15 years this month, and I've passed this house so often that I'm ashamed to say I never took the time to learn its historical significance until yesterday. This is the Moncure Conway House. Conway, who lived here as a child, was an abolitionist and literary agent of none other than Walt Whitman. Whitman served as a nurse right here in Falmouth during the Civil War. In 1862 this house was used as a Union hospital, and in 1862-63, reads the marker nearby, "the 20th Massachusetts Infantry quartered here." It's some lucky person's private residence today! #fxbg#fxbgva#virginia#virginiahistory#civilwarhistory#ilovemycity
5515 Anderson-Wright Drive, Mechanicsville Va. 23111
The Battle of Cold Harbor was fought from May 31 to June 12, 1864, with the most significant fighting occurring on June 3. It was one of the final battles of Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign during the American Civil War, and is remembered as one of American history's bloodiest, most lopsided battles. Thousands of Union soldiers were killed or wounded in a hopeless frontal assault against the fortified positions of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's army.#hanginghistory#virginiahistory#findyourpark#nationalpark#rva#civilwar#coldharbour#overlandcampaign#findyourpark
Fort Christanna was one of the projects of Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood, who was governor of the Virginia Colony 1710-1722. The fort was designed to offer protection and schooling to the tributary Siouan and Iroquoian tribes, living to the southwest of the colonized area of Virginia. Located in what became Brunswick County, Virginia, near Gholsonville, the fort was completed in 1714 and enjoyed three successful years of operation as the westernmost outpost of the British Empire at the time, before being finally closed by the House of Burgesses in 1718. However, the demoralized Saponi and Tutelo continued to live on the allotted land, 6 miles square (36 sq. mi), into the 1730s and 1740s. #hanginghistory#virginiahistory#fortchristanna#brunswick#brunswickcounty#gholsonville#britishempire#findyourpark
#tbt Save the Date! "Dancing at the Water's Edge, Cavalier Beach Club, Virginia Beach, VA" (a vintage postcard from the 1940's) And a "Cavalier Tea Dance" image under the stars...where greats like Glenn Miller, Harry James and Frank Sinatra played under the stars. I would have loved to dance on this wooden dance floor/boardwalk that met the sand at the water's edge. I can only image the parties hosted!
This first image was a "Save the Date" postcard sent out by my former clients in 2009 - mailed to all of their friends and family getting them excited about their visit to the historic @thecavaliervb for their wedding day...as I was going through some old wedding files today I though what a cool thing to share - I'm am super excited about the grand opening of this rich historic landmark for Virginia Beach in the coming months. I've loved The Cavalier since the first day I saw her!
"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past." - Patrick Henry
We enjoyed a beautiful day this week at the dedication ceremony for the Eugene B. Casey Education and Event Center at @patrickhenrysredhill #CommunitySupport#VirginiaHistory#PatrickHenry#RedHill