The Fairfield Lodge
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... Gettysburg was another private museum that had lots of cool stuff. Not all was related to the civil war, they had several displays about the world wars, various presidents, and people. There were artifacts from Hitler's Eagle's Nest that were interesting.
We snapped a few pictures, they don't really show the vastness of the displays. They had Marilyn Monroe's white lacy Bra. Off course had to get a snap of that. For the ones interested, 36C. ...
... was even born! I guess not everyone in America thinks newer is better.
I offer to play a couple songs and decide to try "Free from your Mind Prison" on a young audience for the first time... and the response is very positive... I might just make this a theme song for sharing with the new generation that I meet on my travels from now on.
Free your minds, children... question what you were told to believe
Free from your mind prison... do not be afraid ...
... that's about The Trail." They tell me, "we have our own vocabulary and everything. I love this job because we never know who we're going to meet--the other day a family of seven came by--they were all hiking the trail together!"
I explained a bit about my personal "Trail" and played my anthem song "It Means Nothing". They kindly gave me an Appalachian Trail bandana. It was heartwarming to feel an instant connection with people who share ...
... is this place? It says "South Mountain Restoration Center" which doesn't tell me a whole lot... and there's no one around to ask.
Later I Google it and find that, yes, it was built about 100 years ago as a sanitorium--especially for people with tuberculosis, but also the elderly and mentally ill. Yeah, that makes sense--I guess you would want to keep those people far away from the general population. But I'm still pretty impressed that they'd build such ...
... History... and I'd really like it to be included in my Superhike.
So change of plans: I'm going to make a little side trip loop hike to Gettysburg--and a couple of towns nearby before continuing south.
But then a friend, Mike Blubaugh suggests I visit Chimney Rock--a nice overlook point a bit south of Mont Alto down the Appalachian trail... so today I'm actually going to do a "sidetrip of a sidetrip" and hike south to Chimney Rock and back.