Off Again: Day 22

Weather photo

What with it being a rather dismal day with drizzle prettty much all morning and cloud the whole day, I didn’t use the Cruise Control on the car for most of the day.  Saw a funny licence plate today:  & YRPNT.  I had a good laugh over that.  I don’t know if we’re allowed in Ontario to use the ampersand on a personalized plate.

I made good time this morning and arrived at Michie Tavern about 12:45 so plenty of time to have the lunch buffet. There was lots of variety and you could have “all you can eat” but I don’t eat a lot.  I suggested they might offer a “senior buffet” as they already have two “youth buffets” for different age groups.  Anyway, the servers and hostess were in period costumes which added nicely to the atmosphere.  Being a cool day both fireplaces had fires going in them.

Michie Tavern sat on Buck Mountain Rd in 1777 when Corporal William Michie rushed home from Valley Forge to find his father had passed away and the family home now belonged to him.  He decided to turn it into a tavern which remained in his family until 1911 although its doors closed in the mid-1700s as it had become less profitable.  In 1927, it was dismantled and relocated to Monticello Mountain.  At various times, 4 other period buildings were also moved to the same property — a general store, a clothier room, a tavern, and a metal works shop.

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After enjoying the buffet, one is allowed to tour the building and visit the tavern downstairs and take photos.  There were lots of interesting things to see and purchase including many items shaped like pineapples.  Apparently early settlers thought they might be able to grow pineapples in the area and although it never really was successful, the symbol itself became a welcome sign that has stuck through the years.  They also have “peanut tasting” of a variety of kinds of peanuts available.  Also tee shirts with a variety of appropriate slogans.

I thought I might go to Monticello.  I had been there 35-40 years ago and wished I had taken photos or did and have lost them over the years.  There is a whole new (I think) welcome/education centre that I’m sure wasn’t there the last time and you have to take a shuttle.  It wasn’t what I was interested in.  I figure either the book I bought last time or the Internet will have photos I would have liked to take.  I remember being really impressed with the sundial he had made for his front hallway and the way he had a bed that was centred between his dressing room and his writing room that was rather neat, too.

Anyway, I got to my hotel for the night, settled in, picked up some food, booked for tomorrow in Gettysburg, PA, and wrote this blog.  I’m nowhere near any tornadoes, so not to worry.  They’re all further south and west.  For now, it’s Cheers from Charlottesville, Virginia.


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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2 Responses to Off Again: Day 22

  1. says:

    Oh I’m jealous…Michie Tavern looks so neat! Great photos. I remember that bed between his two rooms..very cool. Enjoy Gettysburg! Battlefield & visitor centre very interesting. And downtown has neat shops and a restaurant on the main square was very good (a few years ago anyway). Guess it’s off season (?) so may be pretty quiet / closed places there.


    • mysm2000 says:

      Tavern was kind of expensive for a senior with a small appetite but very nice. I’m going to look out my book when I get home to see what pictures are there. Looking forward to Gettysburg.

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