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Our Visit to the Home of President James Monroe

A few days ago we went to see the house of James Monroe in Charlottesville, Virginia and then to see the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  On our way home we were pretty close to some family members who live about an hour and a half away from us, so my husband called them up “spur of the moment” and asked if we could stop by for a visit and maybe get something to eat with their family.  We went to my sister (who lives in NC)’s favorite place, “Cookout.”  Yum!  It was a fun day.

We learned some interesting things about our 5th US President.  For one thing, he lived “next door” to Thomas Jefferson.  Monticello is just down the road, but there was still quite a bit of distance between the two houses because the properties were so large.  We did not visit Monticello on this trip since we have been there a couple of times before.

I failed to take a picture of the house itself, but if you click the link above, you can see what it looks like.  It was pretty small (just 2 rooms upstairs and 2 basement rooms) when he lived there.  They said he didn’t need a large home because he was gone so much, and that it was not his retirement home like Monicello was for Thomas Jefferson.  But since his time there, others have added on to it so it is much larger now.

We also enjoyed walking around the grounds.  We saw their vegetable and flower gardens, as well as some chickens and a peacock.  We also were able to see the cows running (seriously — running) for their lunch.  We couldn’t figure out why they were running at first, but then we saw the man holding the gate open with a bucket in his hand, and we figured it out.  There were quite a few cows and even some little ones.

Below is a picture of the peacock they keep on the grounds.

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One thing I loved was how neatly they keep their vegetable garden.  They were growing corn and tomatoes and some kind of squash plants.  I didn’t take any pictures except of this grape tomato plant, but now I wish I had.  I took these pictures because I like how they used three stakes to keep their tomato plants up and would like to copy the idea.

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And, finally here is a picture of the scenery as we were driving.  Pretty, huh?  We were somewhere between Harrisonburg and Charlottesville when I took this picture.

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I think it is fun to see pictures that people share across the country and around the world, so I thought others might enjoy seeing what it looks like here in Virginia!

What trips have you (or will you) take this summer?

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