Category Archives: The Northern Neck and Beyond
Birds Come Out to Model at George Washington’s Birthplace
On Monday, June 4th, a group of fourteen bird enthusiasts gathered at George Washington Birthplace National Monument for a bird walk led by author and wildlife expert, Joe LaFleur. LaFleur holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and a master’s degree in communication from Colorado State University. For the past twenty years he has been collecting bird footage of the calls of various bird breeds. The past month, he has been touring the east coast, leading bird walks at various parks along the way to help generate an interest in bird watching.
He started the tour with an audio-visual presentation of bird breeds that are prevalent in the Tidewater area and thus might possibly be spotted on the walk through the park grounds. As the footage played, Lafleur discussed the birds’ markings, calls, and habitats so that the group could better identify and differentiate the breeds. Some of…
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Virginia Historical Index Offers Many Research Possibilities
With two Royal Charter Scholars on staff (Hark Upon The Gale) and many more that are associates, interns and friends, this shout out to Earl Gregg Swem seems appropriate on many levels.
Vault Field Vineyards Hosts Museum Event
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
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
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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