Travel With Terry
Washington and Lee – The Early Years
- By Terry M. Thacker
Although I was born and raised in Maryland, my roots on my mother’s side go way back to early colonial Virginia. I am not a member of the FFV (First Families of Virginia) club, but I am pretty close.
I fell in love with Virginia from an early age, having visited relatives there on a number of occasions while growing up. And, from an early age, I became acquainted with the rich heritage of the Old Dominion state.
In my previous article I was telling you about my visit to two early and very historic colonial brick churches in the eastern part of Virginia. Everywhere you turn, it seems, history lurks about, just waiting to pounce upon the unsuspecting traveler.
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Christ Church – Times Two
- By Terry Thacker
Chesty Puller, about whom I wrote last week, shares a final resting place with some of the earliest inhabitants of colonial Virginia. The graveyard at Christ Church in Saluda, Virginia, contains graves not only on the outside grounds surrounding the building, but also underneath the center aisle of the church as well.
As I mentioned in my previous article, Christ Church is one of the oldest continually operating churches in America. As I was traveling through Virginia on my way to Maryland to celebrate my mother’s birthday, I happened upon an historical marker directing me to the grave of the famous Korean War general, which in turn led me to a fascinating church with a fascinating story, which was provided to me by the rector of the church.
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Travel With Terry Lt. Gen. Chesty Puller, USMC
- By Terry Thacker
After awaking the next morning I left the motel and drove to the nearby Shoney’s (Yes, Shoney’s is still in business, just not in the Greenville area.) where I enjoyed the breakfast bar.
After breakfast I headed east along Virginia 10, crossed the James River on I-295 (a magnificent view of the James and surrounding environs) and then hit I-64. When I drove on to the entrance ramp I noticed a curious sight for an Interstate – a closure arm. Yes, it was in the open position, but, if for some reason the authorities wished to close the Interstate to traffic, they could do so. Perhaps its purpose is to close I-64 to eastbound traffic in case a hurricane were to necessitate the use of all four lanes for westbound traffic.
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