Our first post-pandemic trip was a stay at the Tides Inn in Irvington, VA. Of course, you don’t have to look far in Virginia to find plenty of history and connections to Robert E. Lee seem to be everywhere. We found a couple that I wanted to share.
Menokin, now a mere house fragment, belonged to Francis Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Francis grew up at Stratford Hall where Robert E. Lee was later born. I've never seen preservation attempted in this particular way. Their plan is to rebuild the rest of the outside walls of this house entirely out of glass. Work was suspended when the pandemic hit.
Christ Church (Episcopal) in Irvington, VA is unique and interesting in several ways. It is very old (built 1730-1732) and has never been modernized. No electricity, lighting, plumbing, heat, or air conditioning. It's large, even though it's out in the middle of nowhere. And it was financed by Robert Carter, one of the wealthiest men in colonial Virginia. His descendants include two US Presidents, one Supreme Court justice, and Robert E. Lee. This church was built by slaves.
I was excited to see the three tiered pulpit, one of only two surviving in Virginia. The lowest level was used to make announcements. The middle level was used to read the gospel and the top level was where the minister delivered the sermon.
I highly recommend this area and the Tides Inn. I was ready for some fun in the sun.
All of these pics were made by my hubby, @Southern Unionist .