Home Style Inn Manassas
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... br> We had not realized, but we were there a few weeks before the 150th anniversary of the surrender. Sometimes things just work out.
A common mistake is that the surrender occurred at a courthouse in Appomattox. Actually, Appomattox Court House is the name of the town. When Appomattox County, Virginia was established in 1845, they chose a site along the Richmond –Lynchburg stage road to be the location of the county courthouse. ...
Only about 30 miles from DC the first battle of the Civil War in July 1861 and then another one about a year later took place in the same area a short distance north of Manassas. This was where Confederate general Thomas Jackson stood "like a stone wall" and earned his nickname Stonewall for his Confederate rout of Union forces. Apparently some people thought the war was going to be all fun and games since spectators came from Washington to watch the first battle. There ...
... there. It's located on the north side of the building, adjacent to the area where the plane crashed. The memorial has an unusual design. Each victim's name is on a bench-like structure, arranged in a pattern according to birthdate.
Next we went on to the memorial featuring the statue of the five U.S. Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima. Also visiting the site were two busloads of WWII ...
... museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary. This was a working pharmacy from the 1850s to 1930s. The family went bust in the great depression and sold the whole works to the city conservation body who just kept everything as is. The obligatory tour was conducted by a strange strange woman.
Had a great meal at O'Connells, an irish type restaurant. Then I sent Deb to fight for an ice-cream ...
... museum was very cool. The mammals exhibition is always my favourite as I wandered walking round seeing all the stuffed versions of animals. They also had a really good exhibition about human evolution and you could take your picture and a computer morphed your face into one of the two versions of our ancestors. Fun! They also have the hope diamond on exhibition so that was fun to see. It looked a bit like costume jewellery to my keen eyes but still fun to say I've seen ...