The Market at Grelen – Peach Picking

Peach picking! When I saw the peach sale this week at The Market at Grelen, I knew we had to go! $1/lb. for PYO!! Today was the only day we were available. I was worried that the rain would ruin our plans. Thankfully, the weather cleared up, and we headed to Somerset. The hour driveContinue reading “The Market at Grelen – Peach Picking”

Westmoreland State Park

On the Potomac River’s Northern Neck, this park offers many opportunities for family fun. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and an adjacent bathhouse, meeting area, snack bar, camp store and power-boat ramp. You’ll also find a visitor center, campgrounds, camping cabins, cabins, a playground, aContinue reading “Westmoreland State Park”

False Cape State Park – Virginia Beach

Nestled between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, False Cape State Park is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas along the Atlantic coast. It is the southernmost Virginia State Park. As the former home of Native Americans, the historic Wash Woods community and Little Island Coast Guard Station, False Cape honors the hardy soulsContinue reading “False Cape State Park – Virginia Beach”

First Landing State Park – Virginia Beach

First Landing State Park is Virginia’s most visited state park. It is where English colonists first landed in 1607. Native American canoes, Colonial settlers, 20th-century schooners and modern cargo ships have navigated the park’s waterways. Its cypress swamps were a source of freshwater for merchant mariners, pirates and military ships during the War of 1812.Continue reading “First Landing State Park – Virginia Beach”

Machicomoco State Park

Virginia’s 40th State Park Machicomoco is Algonquian for “special meeting place.” The name was chosen to reflect the park’s purpose of education on the native tribes of Virginia. Machicomoco is Virginia’s first state park focused on honoring and interpreting the history of Virginia’s Indian tribes. It opened to the public on April 16, 2021. Located inContinue reading “Machicomoco State Park”

High Bridge Trail State Park

High Bridge Trail is 31 miles long and ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Once a rail bed, the trail is wide, level and generally flat. Its finely crushed limestone surface and dimensions make it easy to enjoy. The park’s centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet longContinue reading “High Bridge Trail State Park”

First Day at Chancellorsville

+Spotsylvania County Museum Fighting at Chancellorsville opened on the morning of May 1, 1863, along the Orange Turnpike and the Orange Plank Road. “The Battle of Chancellorsville started here – amid the homes of families living along the Orange Turnpike. On the morning of May 1, Ann Lewis ,…, found Union cavalrymen lounging in her yard.Continue reading “First Day at Chancellorsville”

Doyles River Falls Trailhead

Shenadoah National Park This beautiful and peaceful trek through the woods takes you along cool, clear mountain streams to two unique waterfalls (could be 3 if you count the small rocky area before the main falls). This is one of the most popular waterfall hikes in the southern section of the Shenandoah National Park. The trail is well marked,Continue reading “Doyles River Falls Trailhead”

Stafford Civil War Park

This 41-acre park tells the story of the Army of the Potomac’s Winter Encampment in 1863. More than 135,000 soldiers occupied Stafford County while their new commander, General Joseph Hooker rebuilt his army.  This critical time has been referred to in soldier’s letters as “The Union Army’s Valley Forge.”  The Stafford Civil War Park preserves 3 earthen artillery fortifications, manyContinue reading “Stafford Civil War Park”