July 1-5, 2022

Our base for visiting the Richmond area was Ashland, Virginia in a campground we discovered on our way to the Maritime Provinces in 2016. Americamps offers entertainment, clean showers, ice cream and waffles, and pleasant sites. Ashland was developed as a mineral springs resort in the 1840’s and today is a suburb and college (Randolph Macon) town.

Ashland Amtrak Station
The locomotive on the mural to the left pulls a block-long train. To the right are cars of trains traveling in opposite directions.
Here comes Amtrak!
Who could resist spinning this stone ball outside the Ashland Public Library? A former mayor is credited with calling Ashland the center of the universe.
Sometimes we stumble upon interesting things–like this tree that couldn’t seem to decide how it wanted to grow–on our way to or from a geocache. This tree was on a Richmond street.
This marble base was found in a landfill and now sits beside the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond. Richmond was Poe’s hometown.
Jane is posing in front of the oldest house still standing in Richmond. It was probably built in 1737.
This statue is at Tredegar Iron Works, a National Park Service Civil War Museum that we visited in 2016. It commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Richmond April 4-5, 1865 with his son Tad. The visit happened just weeks after Lee’s surrender and Lincoln’s purpose was to reunite the country.

We found several geocaches in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery.

This 90-foot pyramid, completed in 1869, is a monument to the women of the Confederacy. Over 18,000 Confederate soldiers are buried in the cemetery.
This dog was placed in the cemetery to prevent its being melted for scrap during the Civil War.

We drove to Fredericksburg about 50 miles north of Richmond.

This cannon and the marker behind it are placed at the site of Robert E. Lee’s command post during the Battle of Fredericksburg December 1862. Lee wrote: It is well that war is so terrible–We should grow too fond of it.
Dave did not tell Jane (who was a few feet away) that he had seen this snake as they tromped through the woods looking for a cache.
A geocaching milestone: 9,000 total caches
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