20 December 2005

Hanover Tavern

This past Saturday December 18, our family enjoyed a wonderful evening at historic Hanover Tavern, (http://www.hanovertavern.org/index.htm) just North of Richmond, Virginia. Two of my daughters, Mollie and Olivia, along with special guest Courtney Showalter, and bluegrass gospel singer and musician, Heather Berry, (www.heatherberry.com) were invited back for the second year in a row to provide the entertainment for the William Latane Camp’s of the Sons of Confederate Veterans annual Christmas banquet and gala. Hanover Tavern dates to 1733 and is located on U.S. Route 301 – right across the highway from Hanover Courthouse where Patrick Henry argued his famous “Parson’s Case.” Henry, a native son of Hanover, actually lived at the Tavern with his wife Sarah Shelton when he argued the Parson's Cause. It was the definitive case of his career as a lawyer. George Washington and Lord Cornwallis also stayed at the Tavern during the American Revolution. According to a recent article: “Before the railroad was built through Ashland, Hanover Tavern was a resting place on the stagecoach route between Washington and Richmond. It hosted notables like John Marshall, Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens.”
After many years of neglect, the old structure recently received a major renovation. It now boasts several meeting and banquet rooms, a restaurant, and a theater. The structure is a National Historic Landmark and worth seeing if you are ever in the area.

07 December 2005

Global Warming

Well, the Shenandoah Valley was blanketed with about 4 inches of global warming Sunday night and we are expecting another 4 inches tomorrow night. This apocalypse also affected our horse's water trough with a couple of inches of ice. The warming trend is to continue tonight with highs in the lower teens - whoa! - crank up the AC! Seriously though, the Valley is beautiful with its fresh blanket of snow and the Christmas season is in full swing: the smell of fresh baked goodies in my wife's kitchen, decorations up everywhere, normally docile women pummeling each other in Wal-Mart- ah, the wonder of it all! I did finish the book about Jackson and his Sunday-school class and it is in the publisher's hand. The manuscript is also being reviewed by 3 historians to get their perspective. Watch the Wash. Times' Civil War page this Saturday for a preview!