Wander: Peaks of Otter and the Sharp Top B-25 Crash Site
Wander: Pump House Park, ACL Railroad Bridge, and My New Mini 3 Pro!
With fall color still near peak, I headed back over to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a wander. The destination: The Peaks of Otter area, with an eye towards finding the site where a B-25 bomber crashed into Sharp Top Mountain in 1943. Come along and check it out!
History In Site: C&A Railway Power Plant, Charlottesville VA
A few months ago, I decided to sell my DJI Air 2S drone and pick up a new Mini 3 Pro when it came out. I loved how solid the Air 2S was, and I loved its features and image quality–but it was a bit too large and noisy for my taste, so I found […]
Wander: Richmond’s Forest Hill Park
Every time I drive into Charlottesville on westbound Interstate 64, I notice a tall, ornate smokestack standing not far off as I cross the Rivanna River. I always assumed it was the remains of an old mill or something. Whenever I spot something like that, I have two thoughts: What is that? And: How can […]
Wander: Northern Virginia and Maryland
I went on an afternoon wander around Richmond VA to check out Forest Hill Park–my first visit to an amazing place!–and get some evening drone views of the Richmond skyline, illuminated for the holiday season. Come along! I was extremely impressed by Forest Hill Park, and frankly a little disappointed I hadn’t checked it out […]
History In Site: Dover Mill, Goochland VA
I set out for an all-day wander up to northern Virginia, and then across the Potomac River to the Nanjemoy area of Maryland. Along the way I stopped at the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, Leesylvania State Park, and the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay, with a quick stop near the site of John Wilkes Booth’s death […]
Day Tripping: Cumberland County, Virginia
I spent the morning driving around Goochland and Cumberland counties, visiting the ruins of four different mill buildings. My first stop was Dover Mill, and the history here is just packed with astonishing details.
Day Tripping: High Bridge, Appomattox Court House, and Sailor’s Creek
I hit the road early this past Sunday morning for a proper wander–I had one initial destination in mind, and from there I thought I’d just explore and see where I ended up. And it turned out the answer was: Cumberland County, Virginia. It wasn’t a particularly long excursion, but I was pretty pleased with […]
History In Site: Ghosts of Brandermill Past
For Memorial Day, I decided to make a day road trip to check out a few Civil War sites not too far afield. So I got up at my usual time, grabbed a quick breakfast, and hit the road! Nottoway Falls Park My first stop was definitely off-the-beaten-path. Not a Civil War site, but somewhere […]
Destination: Maymont Estate and Gardens, Richmond VA
History is everywhere, and sometimes it remains in the form of graves and cemeteries. Let’s take a look at some history scattered around my neighborhood!
Our new home is in the vicinity of Richmond, Virginia, a city rich in natural beauty and historical significance. But it seems Richmond’s crown jewel is the Maymont Estate and Gardens, a gorgeous combination of both nature and history. We’ve been several times and only begun to scratch the surface, so consider this merely an […]