Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Sorry, not quilty news in this blog!  

Last week we flew to Virginia.  It's a beautiful part of the country far from Oregon where we are living now.  But, what better place to learn about history than visiting a National Historic Site - Yorktown Battlefield and Settlement.

Sunrise over a river in the east.
 I don't have pictures from our good camera available right now, so I'm limited to these pictures I took with my cell phone.  I wanted to touch base with my blogging friends.

While wandering around Yorktown Settlement, we entered an antique shop and these two samplers caught my eye.  They are very old and very expensive.

A rather depressing verse!

One of the homes, which was owned by Thomas Nelson, was open to visitors.  There wasn't much furniture inside it, but there was much history.  Thomas Nelson had a choice to make and he made it inside his house, built in 1730.  He chose to rebel against the King and fought in the American Revolution with the Marquis de Lafayette of  France.  The Marquis slept in this home.  I took this picture of a window because I liked the window seat and the shutters that close from the inside and fold back into the sides.  All the windows in the house were like this.

We walked to the Settlement from the National Historic Park Welcome Center and Museum.  Seeing places you learned about years (and decades) ago helps cement the facts in your mind after having forgotten them.

The Battle of Yorktown was the ending of the Revolutionary War, so it has a very special place in history.  Here is a picture of a cannon from the museum.

You may not be too interested, but for anyone who is, George Washington's tent was in the museum and here is some information about it.  It was amazing to realize that his actual tent was right there for us to see!

A quote by the Marquis de Lafayette.

It really got to us that we were at the place where our country became independent after patriots risked everything to secure freedom from the English.  Of course, we are now very good friends with them!

Thanks for visiting!  And thanks for everyone who voted for my quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  You can still do it if you like.  Here is the link.  It's my "Baskets of Blue" quilt.


  1. I love history, especially American history so I loved this post!

  2. I would so love to be able to go to these places myself. Since that is unlikely, I am grateful to travelers like you who share it with me!

  3. Thanks for sharing again about another place I'll never get to see. I'm glad the place has been so well preserved so all of us may be reminded of our country's history, and how fortunate we are to be free! --"Love"

  4. Hello Ruth, my hubby and I are going for Thanksgiving but we have never been there . We will go to Williamsburg and Yorktown do you recommend any places to go see as a quilter ?? Thank you . Izzy

  5. Oh my you were just a ferry ride from Jamestown across the James River from me! I am in Isle of Wight County. Our whole area is filled with wonderful history. Hope you got to Williamsburg as well.

  6. I love 'real life" history. It is so interesting to see the history.
    I voted. :)

  7. Sounds like a wonderful trip and I love the history lesson. You visit some great places!

  8. I found your blog through Deb at Frugal Little Bungalow. I thought it interesting that I was going to a quilting blog and saw samplers. I spend much of my time cross-stitching and these are beautiful. I really liked the history walk through. I am always drawn to that. I look forward to visiting your blog again.