Here is an interesting twist on Civil War historical sites. Seven buildings across Northern Virginia have graffiti as an element of fame. Northern and southern soldiers occupied the sites during the American Civil War. These young men, looking for something to do, decided to take their frustrations out by writing and drawing all over the walls. Graffiti, you can still see today, thanks to preservationists. Please visit these sites to see what life was like for a soldier during the war—diaries on plaster.
From the post – “With the earliest Africans coming to shore in Virginia in 1619, the Commonwealth’s history is filled with important stories and notable Black individuals that shaped Virginia as well as the entire United States. Visit a few of these powerful museums and historic sites to learn about Virginia’s nearly 400 years of Black history.“
I just finished listening to the latest episode of the Hardcore History Podcast. One word … fantastic!! This episode was nearly four hours of thoroughly engaging storytelling on the Pacific theater of War World II. This episode was part VI in the series called, “Supernova in the East.”:
I had a quick visit to the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre in Bristow, VA. The site is closed due to COVID-19, but the parking lot is open during the day. There are five buildings on the 28-acre site. A one-mile trail through woods is also on the site.
I saw a post on Twitter that Frying Pan Farm Park is re-opened after COVID-19. I have been photographing closed historical sites. An opportunity to visit an open place. Plus the bonus of seeing animals.
Frying Pan Farm Park | Kidwell Farm | 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia | 703-437-9101
Historic site details: Aldie Mill Historic Park (also Aldie Mill Historic District) | 39401 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie, VA 20105 (Loudoun County) | (703) 327-9777 | Free Admission | Free Parking (Warning: There is a small number of parking spaces at the site.) | The site is only open seasonally. The 2020 season starts June 27th. Hours posted online are weekends from noon to 5 PM (call to confirm due to COVID-19).| The site has three buildings: a 200-year-old Grist Mill, the Granary & Visitor Center, and the Miller House | Actively looking for volunteers. | The site is a member of the Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. (HHMCWDC) | Facebook | LinkedIn (unclaimed profile) | Wikipedia
I had a quick visit to the Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas, VA. The site is closed due to COVID-19, but the parking lot is open during the day. A family was having a picnic while I was there taking photos. Picture a large blanket on the grass and kids playing with a ball. Wonderful!