Because March 15 fell on a Sunday, I could mail my PC, Inc taxes on Monday 3/16. And here's proof I finished my personal taxes.
Sent with Janis J Stamp
I also spent hours cleaning up my computer files. The problems with my computers are even TMI for a live conversation, so it's definitely much, much more than you want to read here.
Now, I could go out and play.
This was the Virginia Week of the Book
. I marked my calendar for all the events I wanted to attend. Lilly Tomlin was giving a performance within walking distance of my house. This is one of the most historical cities in the United States, and I had pamphlets from the tourist center
But, the sky was cloudy, the rains came down, the temperature hovered in the 40s. I stayed in the house, cuddled my charge, knitted, and played Internet Scrabble.
Riya from Charlottesville
Finally, the rains stopped long enough for me to put a smile on my face and get out and about.
Charlottesville Pedestrian Mall
Even Agnostics Find This a Beutiful Sight
Historic Courthouse SquareCharlottesville
is certainly steeped in history. Everywhere you step, you can picture Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe stepping on the same spot about 275 years ago.
Historic Charlottesville Courthouse
At the same time, you would think it is 1975. All the buskers look like old hippies or someone who just out of an est workshop.
Is It 1970
This old, harmonica-playing white guy has dreds that hang six inches below his knees when he stands up.
Puffing Not Blowing
I think he had dry mouth from some activity today. He spent more time sitting and puffing instead of blowing on his harmonica. I watched him while I ate on the patio at Rapture
, but he folded up his "donation box" before I was through with my coffee.
It Is 1970
I got my hug; he didn't want money. I know he stood here for at least 30 minutes without removing his blindfold – maybe he is blind.
Also, I have never seen so many men
riding bikes with their yoga mats rolled up on their backs.
You must go to Monticello if you are anywhere near.
When you approach from the east, your first reaction is "Gee, I thought it would be bigger."
Monticello from the South
Monticello from the Southwest
When you tour the inside and walk around the lawn, you realize the grandeur.
I was particularly impressed with Jefferson's bed, his revolving book stand
with room for five books, and the polygraph
(double pen) that allowed him to produce a copy of every document he wrote (no pictures allowed).
The staff of Monticello has introduced an entirely new presentation on slavery, their role, and Jefferson's actions. I asked and was told that this presentation and emphasis has only been a part of the activities since the Sally Hemmings ancestors brought their heritage to light.
The Jefferson cemetery is for any direct descendant of TJ. I am not sure if it is still only for Caucasians.
New Graves in Jefferson Cemetery
TJ's grandson was forced to sell the property and all the slaves a few years after TJ's death because his debts far outweighed the cash assets. The Levy family purchased the home, lost it after the Civil War, and then managed to buy it back.
Levy Burial Plot at Monticello
This family kept possession until 1928 and realized the historical significance of it. Thanks to them, we have this treasure that is a United Nations Heritage Site
. (Until this visit, I thought there were not any UNESCO Heritage sites
in the USA. I guess I was incorrect and, perhaps, don't fully understand what this designation offers.)
Jefferson also planned the University of Virginia. It is said that in addition to his fields and forests, he could see the erection of the UV rotunda from this vantage point.
Once again, the U VA rotunda is under construction.
U VA Rotunda under Renovation
These dormitory rooms are original. Although the only heat is a fireplace and the bathrooms are in a separate facility, these are coveted housing granted to only a few specially selected upper classmen.
Historic U VA Dormitory-001
U VA Chapel
Chapel Windows from the Inside
U VA Flag
Sweatshirts No Maps
I wanted to buy some maps. None of the stores on the pedestrian mall had any. I found my way to the University bookstore assuming they would have plenty. Everyone was surprised. The purchasing manager started on a long discourse about the stores that used to carry maps, where they were located, and how many years they had been closed. I showed my impatience.
Several months ago, my son saw me looking at a paper map and said "You'd better take that thing on Antiques Roadshow!" I couldn't have survived this trip without my GPS, but I still like to see the BIG picture with a paper map.
You can also visit Madison and Monroe's homes, but too many rainy days made me sit in the house and skip these on this trip. I did squeeze in the Mitchie Tavern for lunch – next time, I 'll skip this spot.
also gives you pause to dwell on historic events.
The ranger gives a tour of the house and a talk that brings the surrender to life in a new perspective. I particularly like the slogan "Where the Nation Was Reunified" instead of the "Surrender Site."
Because I forget many of the dates in history, I was not aware that April 8 was the anniversary date of the surrender. There is a huge reenactment that occurs during this time attended by thousands of reenactors and observers. I happened to hang out with some volunteer training. They were receiving an awareness orientation: "You might hear us call this the spot where the nation was reunified, but you must remember there are many people who come to this and still carry the Civil War in their hearts. Under no circumstances should you call this the War of Northern aggression or debate with anyone whether Lee was a bad general nor that Grant was a monster."
I thought that was very interesting volunteer training.
Where the Nation Was Reunified
Although here was death on the battlefields nearby, there were only two soldiers from the town of Appomattox Court House that died in the Civil War. One of them was the young Meeks man
, who actually died of typhus
and not in battle.
Lone Grave in Appomattox
During the gloomy weather, I have been binge-watching House of Cards
on Netflix after missing all of the second year while I was on this road trip. Imagine my surprise when I returned home from my trip to Appomattox and watched "Vice President Francis Underwood" treading on the grounds where I had just been. (I didn't bury any ring....I missed the significance of that! What was it?)