Oh No! I forgot to get a picture of a Virginia sign! No problem due to the odd way the borders line up I’ll be in Virginia again tomorrow.

I know I have said this before but the best things are just what shows up on the side of the road that you had no idea was in the area. Today I saw several Civil War battlefields, James Madison’s home “Montpelier”, and the New River Gorge. I didn’t even know there was a New River.

So a short history lesson, Madison was the 4th president (1809-1817) during the war of 1812, but is probably more famous for his wife Dolly. Ms. Madison was the first to be known as The First Lady, and to be a “public” family member.

Second history lesson. West Virginia was part of Virginia before the Civil War. When Virginia left the union the counties of West Virginia left Virginia and remained with the union. After the war they chose to remain a separate state.

I’ve spent lots of time in West Virginia with my work and I have yet to see an ugly place here.

Lots of Civil War battlefields today.

Lots of Civil War battlefields today.

Montpellier

Montpellier

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New River Gorge bridge

New River Gorge bridge