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A Little Getaway

My husband and I went on a little vacation this week to the beautiful mountains of Bath County, Virginia.   We stayed at Fort Lewis Lodge, an out of the way place that surpassed all expectations for beauty, peace, and gourmet meals.  There are 3200 acres on this property, which has hiking trails, fishing, and swimming spots along the Cowpasture River, or the more sedate pavilion with comfy seating to look out over the valley or to watch the cows grazing.  Rooms are available in a lodge, in a silo, or in log cabins scattered nearby. There is also a Riverside Manor House a mile or so down the road.  In the view from the overlook, you can see red barns in the distance.  Those are across the road from the Manor House, and the best fishing is nearby.  What most people tell you about Fort Lewis Lodge is the amazing food you are served at breakfast and dinner. Caryl is a gourmet cook and her food is the highlight of the day. Anyone who wants to reserve a space at the lodge better think well ahead.  Most people are repeat lodgers, and some have been going there for twenty years.  What a wonderful mid-week retreat we had.By the River

A one-mile hike takes you to this view of the farm with lodging in the foreground.

We sat by a cozy fire after dinner. The air was cool, and the fire was perfect.

We sat by a cozy fire after dinner. The air was cool, and the fire was perfect.

Sunrise behind the Silo Beside the Cowpasture River Silo

The Battle of Jacks Shop

Local historian, writer and researcher Harold Woodward, Jr. of Madison County, uncovered the story of the Battle of Jacks Shop, which took place on September 22, 1863 in Madison County, VA.  Yesterday in Madison there was a Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the battle, which included reenactors from the local area and around Virginia.  There were also many displays with people in period costume who described their wares.  The Pallas Athena, Ladies Aid Society, had a fantastic display of personal articles that were made available to soldiers on the battlefield, care packages of today.  Here are a few of the photographs I took at the campsite, at the cavalry demonstrations and of the displays.

Campsite Around the camp fire Boy on a horse Charging Cavalry Children at Cannon General Lee Lewis Gibson Susan Davidson Telling your daughter goodbye Woman

This Old House

There is an old house on a hill that I have noticed for many years.  It’s across from a golf course where I played for twenty-five years, and I marveled at the view those folks must have had.  At the time it was still inhabited, but the elderly lady who lived there died a year or so ago.  I was fortunate enough to know the owner of the property and was allowed to go there for a photography excursion.  Despite the disrepair, the character of the house and the land is marvelous.  It met all my expectations.  The property is for sale now, and the house will eventually be dismantled.  A conservation easement protects these sixty acres from becoming a huge development with houses replacing the beautiful rolling land with mountains in the distance.  Some lucky owner will have the house of their dreams on the property of their dreams.

Door View to the West Basketball Goal The House from the Rear Inside staircase Shuttered Window Turquoise Room View from an Upstairs Window View to the South

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