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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday Snow and lots of it

I love this stuff! It is sooo pretty,  and hope it falls all day.  Looks like it is anyway.   We are gonna hop on up to starbucks and get a coffee.   I remember it being like this when I was a lil kid and daddy always went out in the worst snowfall.  Beautiful,  I have to do the same thing,  outside window

still coming down at 1:30

shows the depth at 1:30 this afternoon

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Historic St. Lukes Church - Smithfield Va

I have a cake in the oven at the moment and if it turns out o.k.,  I will show it to you tomorrow.
I am trying to get motivated to get painting done and re arrange my cabinets in the kitchen.  So what do I do?
I come downstairs to the office and post to my blog, oh well I can do it later.
I am posting the rest of my pictures from Smithfield Va and then off to check on my lime cake.

this is the lobby of Hampton Inn.   I liked the chairs in front of fireplace. The lobby had coffee , tea and  hot chocolate.    Warm chocolate chip, macadamia nut and oatmeal cookies complimentary of hotel anytime.

The room was nice and I liked the bathroom.

Tour of church and grounds

Historic St. Lukes Church
Circa 1632
Oldest church of English foundation in America. It's also the oldest Gothic church surviving In this country.
Has Jacobean interior and the nations oldest organ intact.
We didn't get to go inside, have to go back at a later time for that.
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rear of church, beautiful stained glass windows

Just beautiful
On Sunday took a walk on boardwalk before leaving here are views from boardwalk
Smithfield station
restaurant, Inn and places to shop

Monday, January 18, 2010

Smithfield Va, Weekend getaway

Smithfield Va., located in Isle of Wight county and also one of the eight original shires of Virginia.    A River town  that  is known as the Ham capital of the world. 
Prior to the Revolution, members of the English Monarchy had standing orders for Smithfields hams.

Located on the banks of the Pagan river, the opposite shore of the James River and across from Jamestown, it was soon discovered by Captain John Smith and the early settlers.
Segar Cofer Dashiell Smithfield was born on banks of Pagan river . In 1752, incorporated by Arthur Smith the IV.   Smithfields life and growth was conditioned by the river,  Smith IV parceled out the family farm in 72 lots and 4 streets and housed British merchants and Sea Captains.
this info from the visitor guide we picked up at the visitor center in Smithfield.

Pigs are not native to Va., and were brought to the colonies from Bermuda and England.
Since the climate of Va. was so suitable for raising pigs, they multiplied and became a nuisance and the settlers rounded them up and transported them to an island called "Hog Island".
They became the principle food for the settlers and Indians.  Long before the settlers arrived in Jamestown the Indians had been curing venison by smoking, they taught them to cure meat with what they called "magic white sand" or salt.  The methods of salting, smoking and aging venison was adapted by the white man to preserving the meat of the plentiful Razorback Hog.  ( I credit this information from a site called "whats cooking in America / History of country Ham)

Walking this historical town is truly taking a step back in time. Sixty homes of Colonial, Victorian and Federal architecture - some pictures.....            click on pictures to enlarge
here is a business with the faux window painted on side.  

The tan home in the middle is one of the first lots to be sold in the new town of Smithfield in 1752
It went for four pounds and six shillings.
James Eason first occupied the house in 1756
Home of Whitley family from 1913 to 1988

I thought this was decorated nicely , I am glad some decorations were left up.

Very old crepe myrtle,  I couldn't get over how big around this tree is.

circa 1900  ballroom on third floor
widows walk at it's peak

lot purchased by Andrew Mackie in 1758 who was the  builder of original part of home and occupied until 1778

marsh view behind home

P.D. Gwaltney Jr. House - re established the meat curing and packing co. started by Mallory Todd
took two years to build, completed in 1901- turrets , towers, stained glass,tiled roof, bay windows and cabinet mantles inlaid in mother of pearl.

erected in 1897 Victorian

built in 1877 for captain O.G. Delk in Kempers brigade in civil war.
built about 1795  of board and batten

built around 1889

this home was being renovated,  lots of work to be done on this one.

built about 1899

local newspaper

notice that the post office is also fallout shelter

The Castle, built before 1750 by Arthur Smith IV
stuccoed brick home , most likely not the original home of the plantation patented in 1637 to the third son of Arthur Smith of Blackmore Essex England. The town of Smithfield was laid out on a portion of Smiths original land grant from the King of England.
this info from the brochure I picked up from visitor center in town.

built in 1830 Church contains original Tiffany windows

built about 1796


zillions of blackbirds over cornfield as we were leaving Smithfield

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