March 22, 2009

Blog Header - March 22, 2009

Today's blog header is a photo from the beautiful Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's retreat home. This bato was part of the July 4th festivities at Poplar Forest in 2008. It is similar to the type of boat that John Lynch likely used to cross the James River when he first established what is now known as Lynchburg.


  1. xxybermancer3/23/2009 2:22 PM

    Again, very beautiful picture and a noble use of the internets. I've actually been to TJ's house, if I recall correctly. Its been many many many moons ago.

    I miss living in the midwest/east coastish side of the States. So many awesome sites and historical treasures. California isn't so historical...not only because its a rather young state, but those derned earth quakes just like to wipe things out.

    If you ever get to go to Ohio, I recommend checking out The Warther Museum. Before ivory was illegal this gentleman built tons and tons of train models and the likes.

    In fact, the Lincoln funeral train was so intricately made even to the smallest details that there is a tiny ivory key hanging up by a bathroom in the model. If you take it off it will actually function to open/close the tiny door.

    He made his own tools, and you can still buy high quality knives with a lifetime guarntee and free sharpening (just get it there at your own expense.)

    Anyways, I thought you might find that interesting.Here's a link to the site, but I'm not seeing any pictures of the actual work. Which is a shame.

  2. Thanks - that's great. My son absolutely loves trains and would be fascinated by this. Thanks for the info.


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