Category: Virginia

Raine Family Mystery

I made an attempt to get to Appomattox Courthouse this evening, but the park was closed and so I was disappointed that I couldn’t get closer to the site. That said, the drive was beautiful and the area was quite moving. I don’t recall visiting any other place in America that instills such a sense of history while seeming quite natural and uncommercialized. It was quite moving.

While I couldn’t get into the park, there were several historical markers. 

The one in the photo below is a monument to the Raine family and lists birth and death dates of several family members. I never realized it when I took the photo, but there is an oddity on the left face of the marker. 

You’ll notice the listing of a daughter born to J.A. and Hannah E. Raine, but there is no first name listed, just a block of text where a name should be. The birth and death date tragically reveal she was just over a year old when she died. 

Did she never receive a name, or is there some other explanation for this? 

 

 

Raine Family Memorial

Raine Family Memorial

I am assuming that to the Raine family, this is not a mystery, but it is to me. Please leave a comment if you know the answer.

Death To All Insects

I got the chance to walk quickly through the historic part of downtown Lynchburg before the sun went down.  The architecture is interesting to look at, I wish there were more of it. 

The Amazing Square building was interesting.

 

Death To All Insects

Death To All Insects

Here is a pic of the Courthouse, which is now a museum of Lynchburg history.  I guess this is a fairly famous view — it was one of the pictures hanging in my hotel room.

 

Lynchburg Courthouse

Lynchburg Courthouse

James River Foot Bridge

I chose to drive to Lynchburg, VA this week and had a wonderful drive there. I hope the drive back is as good. It was a gorgeous day filled with lovely scenery. If I had more time, I would have loved to take more pictures. 

 

 

James River Foot Bridge, Black and White

James River Foot Bridge, Black and White

Since there was a small parking lot close to this scene where one could put in a small boat like a kayak or canoe, I stopped and took this picture. A bit of googling revealed that I was taking a picture of the James River Foot Bridge. I hope that is correct.

The black and white treatment worked really well on this one. Below is a different shot in color:

 

James River Foot Bridge

James River Foot Bridge