Virginia

Raine Family Mystery

I made an attempt to get to Appomattox Courthouse this evening, but the park was closed and so I was disappointed that I couldn’t get closer to the site. That said, the drive was beautiful and the area was quite moving. I don’t recall visiting any other place in America that instills such a sense of history while seeming quite natural and uncommercialized. It was quite moving.

While I couldn’t get into the park, there were several historical markers. 

The one in the photo below is a monument to the Raine family and lists birth and death dates of several family members. I never realized it when I took the photo, but there is an oddity on the left face of the marker. 

You’ll notice the listing of a daughter born to J.A. and Hannah E. Raine, but there is no first name listed, just a block of text where a name should be. The birth and death date tragically reveal she was just over a year old when she died. 

Did she never receive a name, or is there some other explanation for this? 

 

 

Raine Family Memorial

Raine Family Memorial

I am assuming that to the Raine family, this is not a mystery, but it is to me. Please leave a comment if you know the answer.

Lynchburg, VA WWI Memorial

 

WWI Memorial at the Lynchburg, VA courthouse

WWI Memorial at the Lynchburg, VA courthouse

Walking up the staircase leading to the Lynchburg Courthouse has several memorials to those from Lynchburg that sacrificed their lives in wars.

 

Here is a pic from the WWI Memorial

Death To All Insects

I got the chance to walk quickly through the historic part of downtown Lynchburg before the sun went down.  The architecture is interesting to look at, I wish there were more of it. 

The Amazing Square building was interesting.

 

Death To All Insects

Death To All Insects

Here is a pic of the Courthouse, which is now a museum of Lynchburg history.  I guess this is a fairly famous view — it was one of the pictures hanging in my hotel room.

 

Lynchburg Courthouse

Lynchburg Courthouse

James River Foot Bridge

I chose to drive to Lynchburg, VA this week and had a wonderful drive there. I hope the drive back is as good. It was a gorgeous day filled with lovely scenery. If I had more time, I would have loved to take more pictures. 

 

 

James River Foot Bridge, Black and White

James River Foot Bridge, Black and White

Since there was a small parking lot close to this scene where one could put in a small boat like a kayak or canoe, I stopped and took this picture. A bit of googling revealed that I was taking a picture of the James River Foot Bridge. I hope that is correct.

The black and white treatment worked really well on this one. Below is a different shot in color:

 

James River Foot Bridge

James River Foot Bridge