Saturday, October 15, 2011

Walking Tour


Hubby and I are fortunate enough to live in Virginia. A state crawling with history. So for our FNDN this week, we decided to take advantage of it and go on a FREE walking tour of Lexington, Virginia.


There were some really interesting facts that we learned. The streets, for instance, used to be about 10 feet higher. In an attempt to make the hills more even, the civilians embarked on a 10 year project to lower and straiten the city streets.




The balconies you see were the original front doors; even 

with the street at the time.

Pretty amazing huh?



Sometimes I forget how old Virginia is. Our town was 

settled in 1777. Check out this building. Built in 1789! Since 

Hubby was born in Germany he is always talking about how 

nothing in America is old. This is pretty old to me!




This too!



We really lucked out on the weather too. A light jacket did 

the trick for Sweet B and I. Fall is definitely here, and I am 

loving it.



We stopped by Stonewall Jackson’s grave.




After he was buried, they decided to make a monument for him in the same cemetery.





Just like a true southerner, he is facing his beloved south; 

his back to the North. Every statue of him faces South.


These are Lexington bricks. The original parts of town still 

have them. Either in the bulls eye or star shape.




It's all over the city. Even on garbage cans!



I LOVE the beautiful fall leaves here. Growing up, I didn't 
really have this. At least not on this scale.
They are gorgeous!


The tour we went on was lead by a local woman and started 
at the local visitors center. There were some other tourists 
in our group as well. Complete with fanny packs and all.




On a different FNDN, Hubby and I drove around looking for 

inspiration for our dream home. We thought this was cute 

too. You can check out that date HERE.




One day we will do this. Take a carriage ride through town. 

At the moment, our pitiful budget won't allow it.

Walking is better for you anyway though, right?



This building was originally a school for girls. The founder

 said at the time that no male would ever enter this 

building.

It is now a fraternity. HA!






Sweet B had fun for the most part. At times she was bored with the history part of the tour. No worries though. She found ways to entertain herself.




On the Washington and Lee campus, there is the famous and beautiful Lee chapel.



Hubby and I went to a lecture here once before we were married!



Who knew that we would come back a couple years later with a baby of our own?



Being on a tight (or non-existent) budget forces you to be creative and do some digging. I am so grateful for it though.
Going to dinner and a movie seems so lame after some of our free and fantastic dates.

So go dig in your own neighborhood. You would be surprised how many free
activities cities sponsor and how many activities don't cost a dime. Let me know what you find. I would love to know!

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4 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful, fun!, idea for a date. Good for you. What a beautiful area too. Thanks for posting about it.

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  2. this is a BRILLIANT idea. we could totally do this in louisville. i never knew that about all of jackson's statues facing the south... very interesting. your ring is beautiful, btw. thanks for linking up! your FNDN's always inspire me to try something new:)

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  3. Take me, take me! I love the idea of rediscovering and taking advantage of little known opportunities close to home.

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  4. I love your date ideas! They all sound like so much fun!

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