Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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After a major down pour of rain on Saturday, we had to get out Sunday and do some hiking. We ended up at Fenwick Mines which was an iron mining site in back in the 19th century but now has some great walking trails and even a wetland area to walk through!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Monday, April 11, 2011
Last night our very own Blue Collar Joe's was on Food Network battling it out in a donut contest. BCJ (Blue Collar Joe's) is a local donut shop, but much more as well. He has yummy donuts of course(my boy's favorite is the Botetourt Bog, named after our county, which is a ton of chocolate wrapped up in a pretty little donut). There's also awesome smoothies and a lunch menu. He's a super supporter of the community and animals (shelter dogs in particular) and just an all around great guy! Although he didn't win the Food Network challenge, he's still a local winner!
The picture above is from last summer when BCJ's hosted a donut eating contest, which was a really fun community event!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Getting ready to cross the James River in Buchanan....nothing fancy, just a good old practical kind of bridge today....to see more bridges from all over the world, visit good ol Louis La Vache
About the James:
The James River is a 410 mile river that runs through Virginia. It is the 12th longest river in the United States that runs entirely in one state.
History of the James:
The Native Americans who populated the area east of the fall line in the late 16th and early 17th centuries called the James River the Powhatan River, named for the chief of the Powhatan Confederacy which extended over most of the Tidewater region of Virginia. The English colonists named it "James" after King James I of England, as they also constructed the first permanent English settlement in the Americas in 1607 at Jamestown along the banks of the James River about 35 miles (56 km) upstream from the Chesapeake Bay.
The navigable portion of the river was the major highway of the Colony of Virginia during its first 15 years, facilitating supply ships delivering supplies and more people from England. However, for the first five years, despite many hopes of gold and riches, these ships sent little of monetary value back to the sponsors. In 1612, businessman John Rolfe successfully cultivated a non-native strain of tobacco which proved popular in England. Soon, the river became the primary means of exporting the large hogsheads of this cash crop from an ever-growing number of plantations with wharfs along its banks. This development made the proprietary efforts of the Virginia Company of London successful financially, spurring even more development, investments and immigration. Below the falls at Richmond, many James River plantations had their own wharfs, and additional ports and/or early railheads were located at Warwick, Bermuda Hundred, City Point, Claremont, Scotland, and Smithfield, and, during the 17th century, the capital of the Colony at Jamestown.
Navigation of the James River played an important role in early Virginia commerce and the settlement of the interior, although growth of the colony was primarily in the Tidewater regions during the first 75 years. The upper reaches of the river above the head of navigation at the fall line were explored by fur trading parties sent by Abraham Wood during the late 17th century.
Although ocean-going ships could not navigate past present-day Richmond, portage of products and navigation with smaller craft to transport crops other than tobacco was feasible. Produce from the Piedmont and Great Valley regions traveled down the river to seaports at Richmond and Manchester through such port towns as Lynchburg, Scottsville, Columbia and Buchanan.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Last Saturday, after the boys finished baseball practice, I was taking them over to their friend's house to play and after dropping them off I had to pull over and take a picture! I love how the fog settles right on the mountain tops after the rain. That is Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Troutville.
To see skies from all over the world, visit SKYLEY!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
This town park located in Fincastle dates back to the early 1800's when it served as a watering hole for early pioneers traveling the Great Road. Today it serves the town as a peaceful place for relaxation. The park sits on an acre and has a gazebo. The natural spring still flows. The park is located on West Back Street in Fincastle and open daily dawn till dusk.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
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Friday, April 1, 2011
The first of the month always means "Theme Day" in the City Daily Photo community and this month's theme is obviously "Edges"!
These edges are the top of the estate of George Washington's Mt. Vernon.
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