Sep 302020
 

Note – This is a repost of a blog from six years ago today. Whenever we are going to a new area I spend a lot of time researching places to visit that will be of interest to our readers and making contact with the various attractions to arrange visits. Here in southern Virginia, there […]

Oct 282018
 

Any of us who remember our high school history classes know about the terrible winter George Washington’s troops spent at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. But did you know there was also a winter encampment during the Civil War that was just as harsh? So much so that it has been called the […]

Oct 142018
 

If you enjoy exploring small-town museums as much as we do, make it a point to visit the friendly little town of Wytheville, located in western Virginia at the junctions of Interstates 77 and 81. Here you will find not just one or two interesting little museums that are well worth a visit, but five, […]

Doctor Walter Reed

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 042017
 

Note: This story is from the January-February, 2011 issue of the Gypsy Journal. On a narrow two lane back road in Gloucester County, Virginia, we discovered the tiny cottage in which one of the most famous medical doctors of all time was born and spent his earliest days. A small sign and historical plaque were […]

Rising Sun Tavern

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 252017
 

Note: This story is from the January-February 2015 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Before the days of motels at every freeway exit and the comforts of traveling in your own RV, anyone on a journey away from home had limited choices of where to spend the night. If money was tight and the weather was […]

Mary Washington

 Posted by at 1:22 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 292017
 

Note: This story is from the January-February 2015 issue of the Gypsy Journal. We all know a lot about George Washington, the Father of Our Country, but how much do you know about his mother, Mary Washington? Would she be called the Grandmother of Our Country? Born November 30, 1708, in Lancaster County, Virginia, Mary […]

Goodbye Virginia

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062014
 

After five weeks exploring Virginia, it’s time to reluctantly move on. But there is no doubt in our minds that we’ll be back again and again. This trip we confined our visit to the state’s Middle Peninsula, what locals call the Rivah Country, on the western side of Chesapeake Bay. There is so much to […]

Colonial Williamsburg

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 032014
 

When I mentioned a while back that Colonial Williamsburg would not provide us with media passes to do a story on the place, blog readers Ron and Verdis Knight offered us a couple of free tickets they had acquired at some event. So Thursday we went to check it out. I have to say, I […]

Two Great Attractions

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 302014
 

Whenever we are going to a new area I spend a lot of time researching places to visit that will be of interest to Gypsy Journal readers and making contact with the various attractions to arrange visits. Here in southern Virginia there are so many great places to choose from that we could be on […]

Kidney Kidnappers

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 222014
 

Congratulations to Bryan Carbonnell, this week’s winner of the Gypsy Journal drawing for an audiobook of the Journals of Jacob and Hyde by my friend Randall Morris. Stay tuned, because a new contest starts soon! When we checked in here at the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails a week ago the ranger had warned us that […]

Sep 202014
 

Yesterday we drove to Richmond to play tourist and walked in the footsteps of three well known figures from the past in this wonderful old city that is so steeped in history. Occupied for centuries by native peoples, the first European settlers came to what is now Richmond in the late 17th Century. It became […]

Day Trip To Gloucester

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212012
 

We set out from Harbor View Campground about 10 AM and drove about 65 miles south to the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails preserve near Gloucester, Virginia to introduce Greg and Jan to one of our favorite campgrounds in this part of the country. We stayed there a couple of years ago and really liked it, […]

Oct 202012
 

We planned to go play tourist with Greg and Jan yesterday and had agreed to leave Harbor View Campground at 10 AM. But it started raining sometime in the wee hours of the morning and it really came down for two or three hours. When the alarm went off a little before 8 AM it […]

Full House

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Oct 192012
 

After our long day on the road Wednesday and getting to bed really late, we slept in yesterday morning. A few moments after we did get up the campground’s maintenance man knocked on our door to tell us that the water was going to be off longer than expected, and if we needed to top […]

Oct 152012
 

We were up and out the door earlier than usual yesterday to explore historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. Established in 1728, this friendly and charming little city on the banks of the Rappahannock River was an important commerce center during Colonial days, when ships traveled upriver from the coast to load up on locally grown tobacco, bound […]

Oct 142012
 

No, that’s not the title of a new book I’m working on, but it would make a good one, wouldn’t it? Actually, it refers to something that has had us wondering all week long. Ever since we arrived in this friendly little Potomac River town, we have noticed these road signs, which we are familiar […]

Stratford Hall

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Oct 132012
 

The Lee family has lived in and been a part of Virginia history since long before America became an independent nation. The first of the long line of Lees to help shape the region was Thomas Lee, who at just 21 years of age was appointed agent for the Proprietary of the Northern Neck, making […]

Oct 122012
 

We love history, and here in the Northern Neck of Virginia, we are in one of the most historic places in the country. Within just a few miles of our campground, are the birthplaces of two American presidents, George Washington and James Monroe, as well as Stratford Hall, birthplace of Robert E. Lee. Everywhere we […]

How We Choose

 Posted by at 4:18 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 202010
 

Several readers have written to ask why we didn’t visit Colonial Williamsburg during our recent trip to Virginia, suggesting that it would be a good story for the Gypsy Journal. We have also had e-mails from readers in the last couple of weeks wanting to know why we didn’t tour this place or that place […]

Oct 192010
 

My annual checkup at the V.A. hospital here in Lexington, Kentucky was scheduled for 10 a.m. yesterday, but we arrived a half hour early, and within about 5 minutes I was in an exam room where a nurse took my vitals, and then she took me in to see my doctor. He read over my […]