Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Hampshire

We're in New Hampshire parked at my brother's house in Rochester. This is the month to take care of all our medical appointments -- dentist, eye, physical, colonoscopy and Rene needs a root canal (ugh). But more importantly, it's our time to re-connect with family and friends.

We were initially parked in Dover at Donna and Ricks' and then went to the Maine Samboree where we got up with Duane and Marie -- we really surprised them and it was wonderful to see them.

Sunday was spent as a MHD (Mental Health Day for Debbie), with my sisters (Cindy - we missed you not being with us) where we spent the day in Kennebunkport, ME and then went to Wells to visit Counsin Linda and husband Tom and also Ma Tante Syl. Always a great time with them.

We'll be here until the end of the month and then will be heading to CO to hopefully be with Wendy and Troy by July 4th.

Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Rode through Intercourse, PA -- beautiful farm lands and Amish passing through the town. There were interesting shops and I loved the quilt shop in town. Was interesting visiting a tourist Amish Village where we learned of the Amish way of life. On their farms some have diesel generators to power the water pumps and air compressor.
Kitchen appliances such as the stove and refrigerator were powered by propane and smaller items such as food mixer was powered by an air driven motor. The Amish will not connect to outside power sources such as public services as they believe that this is like an invasion of privacy, they will generate there own on site.

Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania

We made our way to Gettysburg where fierce battles had taken place during the Civil War. Many buildings in Gettysburg are pot marked with cannon fire. At left also is the train station in Gettysburg used by Abraham Lincoln when he went there to deliver the Gettsburn Address.

Battlefields of Gettsburg where more men fell than in any other battle fought in North America before or since. When the armies marched away from Gettsburn they left behind a community in shambles and over 51,000 soldiers dead, wounded, and missing. Wounded and dying were crowded into nearly every building.

There are more than 3,000 mounuments on the battlefields that honor the men and yes, women who fought in the Civil Way. Above is one commorating NH's contribution.

Gettysburg National Cemetery, site of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Lynchburg, VA & Appomattox

We then headed to Lynchburg, Va to visit Rene's sister and brother-in-law, parking in their driveway for a week or so. Spent time visiting the area including Appomattox where the Civil War ended.

The Appomattox Court House was originally known as Clover Hill. It was a small settlement with just a few houses arund the tavern, which was a stopping off point on the main Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road. When the county of Appomattox was formed in 1845, Clover Hill was chosen as the county seat and the town was renamed appomattox Court.

The parlor of the McLean house was used for the formal signing of the surrender terms of Grant's army.