Vault Field Vineyards Hosts Museum Event

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On June 3rd, Vault Field Vineyards hosted an event put on by Westmoreland County Museum in tribute to its members.  The event was organized by Museum Educational Program Director, Alice French, and was complete with live piano performance by Beth Parker.  Around 30 members attended and enjoyed tastings of Vault Field’s wines, as well as a tour of the vineyard and winery.

The property was purchased in 2004 by Keith and Joanne Meenan who now operate the vineyard and winery with the help of their son, Dan.  The family planted their first 4,000 vines in 2005, their second 4,000 in 2006, and celebrated their first vintage at the end of 2006.  The processing of the grapes and wine, as well as the bottling, is done entirely on site.  Between the three of them and the help of a few seasonal workers, they produce between 1,600 and 1,700 cases…

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Get Up and Get Out at Westmoreland State Park

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Looking for that perfect park or campground to visit that’s well maintained, offers a variety of fun, outdoor activities, and has spectacular scenic views?  Consider your search over upon discovering Westmoreland State Park, selected as one of America’s Top 50 scenic views.  Opened in 1936, the park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal program dedicated to conservation care.  The park is located just minutes away from the birthplaces of both George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

Perfectly positioned on the Potomac River, Westmoreland State Park is known for its water attractions.  In fact, in 2008 it was selected as one of America’s Top 25 canoeing spots.  The staff leads kayak and paddle boat trips, as well as rent them out individually, down to Fossil Beach, where visitors can sift for and find sharks’ teeth, whale bones, and pre-historic fossils. There is also a power boat…

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George Washington’s Birthplace

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George Washington’s Birthplace, part of the National Park Service, offers an entertaining and educational adventure in one of Virginia’s most beautiful and historical settings.  The park is located along Pope’s Creek, which neighbors the Potomac River, and the water can be seen glistening through the cedars from almost any point in the park.  A memorial obelisk marks the park’s entrance leading to the historical grounds, picnic area, and visitor center.

The park’s main attraction, the historical area, was created in 1932 as part of the bicentennial celebration of George Washington’s birth.  The historical plantation buildings can all be viewed by walking along a crushed oyster shell path that loops through the grounds, although you might have to share the path with the numerous butterflies weaving in and out.  Along the loop you’ll first pass the tobacco garden, right outside of the animal barn where sheep can be seen grazing in…

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Tobacco Rolling Roads

There is much evidence at Menokin of human impact on the land. The example below demonstrates that there were tobacco rolling roads on the Menokin plantation. These roads allowed for barrels filled with tobacco to be easily transported to the river. After these barrels were rolled down these roads to Cat Point Creek, they were shipped off to be sold in various markets.

 

These tobacco rolling roads were built to hasten the process of transporting tobacco and further the success of the plantation.  The enslaved men and women at Menokin most likely dug these roads, evidence of which you now see today.

The landscape holds traces of history everywhere. These rolling roads demonstrate that the actions of people centuries ago are still with us today. Even though the forest looks wild, upon closer look you can see the imprint of Frank’s decisions and the labor of slaves.

These tobacco rolling roads helped advance the commercial interests of Menokin. Can you see how people use land today to enhance one’s business? What other ways do people impact and distort the land?