Dinwiddie, Virginia

Day 834

     Dinwiddie County, Virginia, was formed May 1, 1752. The county is named for Robert Dinwiddie, born on October 2, 1692 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a British colonial administrator who served as lieutenant governor of colonial Virginia from 1751 to 1758. Dinwiddie County has more Civil War battlefields than any other county in Virginia. We are spending the night here. No sightseeing, just getting ready to return to Maryland tomorrow. 

     Tidbit of Information: In 1753, Dinwiddie sent a 21 year old George Washington to remove the French from the Ohio Valley. Washington was defeated. This guy would probably not amount to much. 

Technical Stuff: 

Rock Hill, South Carolina to Dinwiddie, Virginia: 302.2 miles

5 hours 53 minutes

11.4 MPG

Diesel: $2.59

Agecroft Hall, Richmond, Virginia

Day 775

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     In 1292, that is 200 years before Columbus discover the Americas, Adam de Prestwich built himself a manor house in Lancashire, England. Around 1376 the manor house was named Agecroft Hall (a combination of words standing for  “wild celery” & “a fenced in area”. The significance of this name has been lost for over 600 years). The house went though many families, by marriage and inheritance. By 1925 it was in such disrepair, it was scheduled to be torn down. 

     Thomas C. Williams, Jr., a wealthy entrepreneur, who owned property on the James River, on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia, wished to build a true English manor house on his 23-acre estate. He purchased the Manson in 1925. The manor house was dismantled, piece by piece, crated, transported across the Atlantic, and reconstructed on the Williams’ family farm site. The intention was not to replicate Agecroft as it had stood in Lancashire, but rather to create a functional and comfortable mansion reminiscent of its English predecessor. The floor plan was changed, and all the modern conveniences of the day were added. 

     The project was completed during the spring of 1928, after 2 years of re-construction. The following year Thomas Williams died. Agecroft Hall is now a museum, which we visited. 

     In addition to the house, which we have now seen quite a few, they had extensive gardens. garden

     Because of the recent rains, the James River is just under cresting. James River

     Is this an alien crop circle?crop circle

     Oh, I see it is time to go. sundial

A Beeline to Florida

Day 552

     Left Maryland, going straight down the coast to Florida to find warm weather. We would have left a week ago, but the weather in Virginia, our first stop, was colder than here in Maryland.

     Another delaying factor was we had to wait for a part for the Sphinx.

     Our return to Maryland was mainly to celebrate my father’s 97th birthday. He was born the same day as Jesus Christ. While we were here, we made all of our doctor appointments: dentist, eye, family doctor for our annual physical, etc. We also took the Sphinx in for it’s annual maintenance. One of our slide skids needed replacement. Of course the maintenance shop did not have the part in stock, so they had to order it from the Cedar Creek factory in Indiana. We had to wait an extra week for the part to arrive. Can you believe some people don’t work Christmas week or New Year’s? Naturally, they sent the wrong part. It will now have to chase us around the Country.

     Remember in high school you learned that metal will expand and contract in extreme cold and heat. We had that fact brought home to us. We went out one morning to do some shopping. When we returned, our microwave and bedroom clock had been blown. It was a beautiful, but cold day. It took me just over two weeks to determine the cause. This, after talking to electricians and numerous people on RV forums to which I belong.

     Evidently, the 50 amp electrical plug that connects to the Sphinx is supposed to be twisted slightly to the right to “lock” it in. A fact not told me 2 years ago when the dealer was suppose to show me everything I need to know about my first 5th wheel. I normally just plug it in like a regular plug.

     Because it was not locked in, the cold caused the metal prongs to contract slightly causing a momentary disconnection of the ground, which cause an electrical spike which fried my appliances. We learn something new everyday.

Technical Stuff:

Fallston, Maryland to Ashland, Virginia: 191.1 miles

4 hours 16 minutes

10.6 MPG

Diesel: $2.74

Richmond, Virginia

Day 550

     For our last day on the road this year, we chose to visit The Confederate President’s House in Richmond, Virginia.

     Jefferson Davis and his family moved here when the Capitol of the Confederacy was changed from Montgomery, Alabama on May 8, 1861. They lived here until fleeing from Grant’s Army on April 2, 1865.

     On display was the coat and vest he was wearing when captured on  May 10, 1865.

Americamps RV Resort, Virginia

Day 549

     One of the great things about riding around the Country in the Sphinx, is that you can avoid the cold weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires. 

     Unfortunately, sometimes those items catch up with you. This morning we are staying at Americamps RV Resort in Virginia, on our way back to Maryland, and it snowed. It looks great in the morning trees. 

 

     However, we are under a 50ft. pine tree, and as the sun hits the snow on the tree, it comes crashing down on us. Sounds like we are under bombardment. Fortunately it is soft snow, and no damage done. 

Ashland, Virginia

Day 546

     On our way home, again. We are staying at the same RV Park in Ashland, Virginia, that we stayed at twice before. It serves waffle breakfast included each day, and dinner on Thursday night. Tonight, being Thursday, was tacos.

     We will stay here, in the Richmond, Virginia, area for 6 days. Since it is expected to be sleeting and snowing for the next few days, we might just spend time relaxing in the Sphinx. 

Technical Stuff:

Fort Mill, South Carolina to Ashland, Virginia: 333.6 miles

6 hours 20 minutes

11.6 MPG

Diesel: $2.70

Maymont, Richmond, Virginia

Day 373

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     James Henry Dooley, the son of wealthy Irish immigrants, was born January 17, 1841. On May 5, 1862, during the Civil War, he was wounded at the Battle of Williamsburg, captured and confined in prison for a short time. Upon his release he worked in the Confederate Ordnance Department in Richmond.

     After the War, Dooley further increased his fortune by speculating in real estate and becoming involved in railroads, steel and banking.

     To show off his wealth, in 1893 he and his wife Sallie built their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River in Richmond, Virginia, and called it Maymont. This 100-acre Victorian estate contains not only the mansion, but gardens, water falls, animals, and furniture from all over the world. 

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From gilded wall paper Day 373 Maymont, VA 2903_FotorTo opulent furniture

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Even their archways had stained glass Day 373 Maymont, VA 2908_Fotor

And of course, a comfortable bed Day 373 Maymont, VA 2911_Fotor

     Throughout my travels, I have seen hundreds of lily pads, but no frogs on them. I am wondering if this is a myth. 

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