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.
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.