30 March 2007

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Southern Festivals
This photo is one I took 2 years ago at Natural Chimneys in northwest Augusta County, Virginia. This is an annual bluegrass gospel event held every August and just one of the many great festivals held throughout the South.

Stonewall Jackson's famous mapmaker, Jedediah Hotchkiss, lived and taught school at Mossy Creek at the Loch Willow Academy for boys, just a few miles from where this photo was taken. Though born in New York, Hotchkiss became one of Jackson's most trusted counsellors.

Hotchkiss died in 1899 and is buried in historic Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton, Virginia.

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