Broadway is a town in Rockingham County, Virginia. We stopped here because Barbara wanted to visit White Oak Lavender Farm in Harrisonburg, which is a short distance away.
White Oak Lavender Farm is owned and operated by the Haushalter family in the Shenandoah Valley. The farm has been open to the public since 2008. They grow over 8,000 lavender plants.
Lavender gets its name from the Latin word “lavare” (“to wash”). Through the ages, it has been used for making soaps and cosmetics. The fresh scent and antiseptic properties combine for wonderful, natural cleaning products. Herbalists have used lavender as a medicinal plant for centuries. Lavender is reported as a cure for insomnia and back pain. Anointing with lavender oil was recorded in ancient Greek writings (don’t forget, they are the same people who touted hemlock).
Patrons are invited to pick as many plants as they desire. 50 plants costs $8.00
The farm also boast numerous animal
as well a variety of other plants and flowers,
Please, don’t eat the daises
Evidentially, bees play a big part in establishing different lavender fragrances. The farm cultivated thousands of bees.
Most of the lavender plants had bees in them
Of course, there was a bottle tree
The bottle tree came to the United States during the slave trade. It was believed that bottle trees warded off evil spirits.
In the drying barn, hundred of lavender plants were hung to dry. They sure smelled sweet.
I liked the gazebo with the hat passthrough.
With all the thousands of lavender plants, the farm smelled great.
Since today is July 4th, the KOA campground at which we are staying had fireworks. They were underwhelming.
Well, high five to you all
See you later.
Technical Stuff: Abingdon, Md. to Broadway Va. 188.3 miles