Posted by: RasmaSandra | August 14, 2018

Virginia Off the Beaten Path

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The Virginia Transportation Museum – In the 19th century, the city of Roanoke was the headquarters of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company. The railroad section of the museum has everything from antique passenger cars and engines to the computer run miniature HO scale model “Alleghany Western”.  On the fourth weekend of each month, visitors can ride steamers on the park’s narrow-gauge railway.

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Among the antique cars on display are the slate-blue Wabash 1009 passenger car, the Chesapeake and Ohio’s steam engine No. 1964, several freight and tank cars of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company, and a group of brightly colored railroad maintenance wagons. Other displays include machines such as a 1938 Cadillac fire truck, and a 1957 Studebaker Commander. One can also see a Canadian dogsled, an 1870 surrey, stock racing cars and on special occasions the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. Rounding it all off there are displays of planes and helicopters and towering above the entire exhibition is a black and white Jupiter rocket.

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Red Hill Shrine – is located in Brookneal. One of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. and a five-term governor of Virginia Patrick Henry bought Red Hill Plantation in 1794. He retired there and continued to practice law. The plantation has now been restored and is a complex of several buildings, including the main house, a two-story structure which was rebuilt on its old foundations, the kitchen, the carriage house, where a carriage dated from 1800 is on display and the office where Patrick Henry practiced law.

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On the plantation, there is an Osage orange tree with a 90-foot spread and a height of 54 feet. It is said to be the largest and oldest Osage orange in the country. The American Forestry Hall of Fame lists it as both the Virginia champion and national champion of its kind. The visitor’s center has a collection of Patrick Henry memorabilia on display including his flute, cuff-links, salt dishes, an ivory letter opener, wine glasses and his house keys. A printed guide to a walking trail is available.

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Chippokes Plantation State Park – located east of Surrey. Captian William Powell of Jamestown was granted 1,400 acres on the James River in 1632. This tract of land was within Indian Territory. Powell named it Chippokes in honor of Chief Choupouke, an Indian who had befriended the settlers. For more than 350 years Chippokes has been a working farm. Originally corn and other grains, tobacco and apple trees were grown here, but in the 19th century, peanuts became the principal crop.

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Dairy farming was introduced by the last owners Mr. and Mrs. Victor Stewart. The plantation was given to the state of Virginia in 1967. Today the farm produces corn, peanuts, soybeans, rye barley and beef cattle. Exhibitions of antique farm equipment on the grounds and displays at the visitor center tell the story of farming here. Of the main buildings – rows of slaves’ quarters. several; barns. a large old river house – only the brick kitchen, built in the 19th century and the mansion are open to the public. The brick house was constructed in 1854 and has semiformal gardens with flowering trees, magnolias, holly, boxwood and crape myrtle. The house itself is elegantly furnished n traditional colonial style. Both walking and hiking trails wind through the farmland and meadows. There is a picnic area which sits on a bluff overlooking the James River.

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  1. Oh Wow! Love these pictures especially the old car and the train. Great Job

    • Thank you I try to get the best photos I can most are from Wiki or Pinterest

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