Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
Trip End Feb 03, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Virginia
Sunday, November 18, 2007

After home grown eggs for breakfast, plus fruit, a delicious Danish and great coffee (a "normal" breakfast) we drove to the site where Stonewall Jackson died on the Fairfield Plantation.  Amazingly the Railroad that owned the land preserved the building and the descendent of the owners at the time kept the bed and blanket so these are now on display. The Park Ranger commented the Jackson was the greatest commander of the country.  When Ruth expressed the view that this depended on which side you were on, he explained that the Confederate was a separate country, as far as it was concerned.  We still have trouble comprehending how sure both the Northern (Union) and the Southern (Confederate) states were that each was fighting for their country and that theirs was the true and right cause.

We then headed into Fredericksburg where we visited the home of Fielding and Betty Lewis.  Betty was George Washington's younger sister hence the historical importance of the home.  Tom wanted to visit as it was named Kenmore, the name of the Brisbane suburb he grew up in.  This is also being restored.

It has incredibly ornate plaster ceilings and wall decorations which were mainly made by hand - and restored in a similar manner.  We were shown the type of casts used to make the individual plaster pieces, hundreds of them, that went into a ceiling.

We spent the afternoon at the James Monroe (fourth president of USA) Museum which was actually started by his great granddaughter and her son.  The Monroe family had managed to keep a lot of family belongings, including china from the White House and even a daughter's toy china set.  Here Tom bought another book; this one on Monroe.  He is managing to read some of the books he has bought but there are several still waiting for his attention.
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