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Showing posts with label Fredericksburg. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fredericksburg. Show all posts

Friday, April 11, 2014

An afternoon visit to Fredericksburg, Virginia

Below are a few shots from a short tour through Fredericksburg, Virginia this afternoon.

Downtown Fredericksburg. 

Amtrak crosses the Rappahannock.
On the Rappahannock bridge looking back toward town. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

2013 Rockabilly Hot Rod Rumble

The Rockabilly Hot Rod Rumble is an annual Fredericksburg, Virginia event spotlighting pre-1972 vehicles and the lifestyle that goes with them; from hot rods to bikes to music to pin-up's, this event has it all!   We attended last year and the resulting photos were some of my most viewed photo blogs ever.   Last year the weather was great and I got a lot of pics.  This year it was rainy and kinda dreary but we still went and enjoyed an afternoon of nostalgia.

The photos below were shot in high resolution and look best blown-up.  The easiest way to do that is click on one and a new window will open allowing you to scroll through large shots with the mouse wheel.  There are links to last years pics at the end of the blog.  I hope you enjoy the shots......

I always enjoy a nice rat-mobile!

This may be in B&W, but I bet you know what color those flamingos are!!!!

Just didn't know what to make of this car!

I thought the broken rear windows made for some interesting shots.

Last year there were Boozefighters and this year there were Boozefighters.

Another interesting broken window.

Here are links to last years pics:

Check back next October for the 2014 Pics!!!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Civil War Cannonballs Stuck in Walls, 150 years Later-- Fredericksburg, Virginia

One of the really cool things about Fredericksburg, Virginia is the visible reminders of the Civil War all over the area.  Below are two examples of these reminders that are right in plain sight, yet if you don't know what your looking for, you will completely miss them.

The Presbyterian Church on Princess Anne in downtown Fredericksburg, was founded in 1808. This church is the site of where General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson planned the Battle of Fredericksburg. After the battle, the church was used as a hospital. During the aftermath of the battle, Clara Barton, later founder of the Red Cross, volunteered at the field hospital in the sanctuary to care for wounded soldiers.

  A cursory look shows a typical church. 
A closer look shows two Union cannon balls which remain embedded in one of the front pillars as a reminder of the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. 

I was curious as to if the cannon balls had really been present in their current places since the war.  I found these two old photos dating back to at least the 1920's in which two small black dots can be seen in the same places. 


Kenmore Plantation, built in 1775, was the home of Fielding Lewis and his wife Betty Washington Lewis (George Washington's sister). Later damaged during the Battle of Fredericksburg, the building is still marked by a Union cannonball which remains embedded in an outer wall.

Supporting the authenticity of this cannonball, the 1920 photo below does show a black dot in the exact same place as the current cannonball.