General Lewis Inn
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West Virginia sometimes feels like a place left back in time.
It’s probably the only state that has fewer people than a century ago, an
outmigration have has led to a situation where very little new has been built
for decades. The houses all seem at least a half century old, and towns have
few modern buildings except for the service stations, chain restaurants, and
motels near highway interchanges. It’s actually quite nice compared ...
... around. Another quick shower and back on the road we went. Since daylights savings time happened it’s been annoying driving as it gets dark so quickly. Driving on small roads is a lot less fun in the dark, especially through the forest, so by 5pm we pretty much have to get to where we want to be. We found a Wal-Mart in Lewisburg West Virginia and settled down there for the night. Before we would only get to where we wanted to stop at around 7pm so we had time to make supper ...
... parts of the basement area by ourselves and if we wanted to see the second floor and dome, we had to buy a special ticket.
From the visitor's centre at the car park, we were taken up the hill by bus to the house where we were greeted by a staff member who ushered us to the waiting area for our tour. There we were given a rather animated talk by a young man about what we could and could not do at the house eg no photos inside, do not touch walls ...
... seeing the historic buildings and arty little shops downtown, we drove out to the Confederate cemetery. The cemetery itself is on a hill and surrounded by an iron fence, so it's hard to get a good photo of the way the bodies were buried in the shape of a cross. I included the bronze marker instead.
Lewisburg also had a great visitor center. The young woman there, ...
... kids got to watch DVD's while we enjoyed the countryside...
The last 20 miles of skyline drive were hard. Linda and the younger two were sleeping, Kerrin was reading and I was tired...
By the time we reached Covington West Virgina, we had all had enough of the car, so we started our tour of the town's Inns looking for a place that 1) we could afford, 2) that ...