29 April 2008

Lexington Tour

This past Saturday, I had the distinct honor of conducting a tour for the men’s group—numbering 33—from Heritage Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. Many of these men were retired and/or active military. We began our tour at 10:00 am at the Lexington Visitor’s Center and concluded at 3:00 pm at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. Stops along the way included the Stonewall Jackson House, John Lyle’s bookstore, the Lexington Presbyterian Church, Virginia Military Institute, the Lee-Jackson House, R E Lee Memorial Church, Lee Chapel, and Lee’s home when he served as President of Washington College. The Lord blessed us with an absolutely gorgeous day and it was one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had in a great while!

I had pre-arranged for Colonel Keith Gibson to give us a short talk about Stonewall Jackson when we arrived at VMI. He didn’t do that. Instead, he escorted our group on a special 2 hour tour including Jackson Memorial Hall and museum, various buildings around the Institute, inviting us to a special event in the Courtyard/Quadrangle (it was alumni weekend), lunch in Crozet Hall, and an impromptu lecture at the Lee-Jackson House; as well as one at Lee’s Lexington home. Colonel Gibson has always been most helpful and gracious in sharing his vast knowledge of VMI and Jackson. Thank you Colonel!

A few shots from the tour: Colonel Gibson holding forth and some calling cards that Union General David Hunter left for VMI during his raid in 1864. I’ll post some more images from the tour later this week.

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