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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri

11.06.2014

History

I am so fortunate to live in a state that is full of history.  Sadly, I do not take advantage of it often enough.  I mentioned before that I teach a high school history class at our home school co op.  Last week, a group went to on a field trip to our capital and Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello.



I didn't know before our field trip that Thomas Jefferson designed our state capital building.  He sent the designs to Virginia while he was in France as Ambassador.  He wanted marble columns, but Virginia has no marble.  Those columns are really trees covered in stucco.  And, apparently, the building did not turn out as he expected.  

Thomas Jefferson

Our tour was full of interesting historical facts, and I enjoyed it tremendously.  

 John Smith and Pocohontas  (Not lovers regardless of what Disney says)

 Very dramatic painting of the Battle of Yorktown.  The artist (which I fail to remember) painted all the men with faces of George Washington, while adding his own likeness to one of the men.

 One of the copies of the Declaration of Independence

Old elevator not in use

 George Washington's statue


One interesting fact about this room is the black and white floor.  The black tiles are granite from Vermont.  They show fossils all through them.  Can you guess the creatures?



 Part of our group


We later headed across the street to this beautiful church.  There was some significant detail about this, but I forgot it too.  I was thinking it was where Patrick Henry gave his lively speech, but my friend, Amy, reminded me it was a different church.  Maybe this is where all the governors attended?

An organ player was inside playing magnificently.  I can't imagine working that huge organ.

Next we headed to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 Recognize the picture from the nickel?

I was not allowed to take any inside pictures.  The house was beautiful and quite interesting.  Thomas Jefferson was an extremely intelligent man.  All of this is nothing without a Savior.  He failed to see that truth.




4 kind words:

Christine

Very interesting. I grew up in New York state and miss my children seeing so much rich heritage. So I enjoyed showing my youngest these pics in our homeschool this morning.

Vicky

Loved all the photos!

Cheri

I wish I had more to share with you Christine. I got so caught up in the tour I didn't take as many pictures.

Judi

I loved the pictures! I love history and would love to visit VA for this very fact one day! What fun it would be to explore all those historical places. I break my first graders hearts every year when we learn about Pocahontas. They are SURE she married John Smith! LOL! I even won a game at a bridal shower once because I knew that little bit of useful information! And it is so sad that someone can be so intelligent but fail to know the Truth. Enjoyed this post so much!

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