Thursday, July 4, 2013

Back In time .... Part II



A historical tour of where I grew up, well one of the places I grew up;
Woodbridge & Occoquan, VA.
The Eike Homestead still stands; the house is on the other side of the shed.
 My brother and I used to stop by and visit with Mrs. Eike after we had been exploring in the woods. She always offered us well water to cool off. She was probably in her 60/70's then.

The last house we lived in before I graduated high school.
As it looks today; the big maple out front is gone.

Occoquan Elementary

Woodbridge Senion High School

The Old Mill Museum in Occoquan

Looking up river from the foot bridge; the water plant

The footbridge

Looking down the Occoquan from the footbridge

A favorite fishing spot!
 My brother and I used to walk several miles from our house in Woodbridge to Occoquan
and fish from that catwalk.

This little Gambrels house was always a favorite of mine; it is just across the road from the museum and at the entrance of Rockledge Mansion. I was thrilled to see after 27 yrs that it is still being kept up. Yes, it has been that long since I have been back here.


Then we visited Mount Vernon; the home of George and Martha Washington.
A perfect reflection on this day of independence.
The greenhouse

We picked up some heirloom seeds for the Blackberry Lily;
 I would have gotten the poppies too, but there were none available.

The Bowling Green view

View of the Potomac

The back porch

Mt Vernon in the rain

It rained BUCKETS!

Honor and Remember
Martha and George

A symbol of colonial freedom during the American Revolutionary War;
 created by Benjamin Franklin.




Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Beautiful. Mt Vernon is such a wonderful place to visit. Any samplers???

Peggy Lee said...

WOW... once again, beautiful photos. Such a sweet place to visit this time of year, even though it rained "buckets".
You crack me up girl!!


Margaret said...

Must be fun to go back to where you grew up and see how much or how little things have changed. Very cool! Love seeing Mt. Vernon too!

Catherine said...

You had me laughing at the buckets of rain!! Great trip!

eszter said...

very interesting program, like your photos♥

Marsha said...

What a cool patriotic post. Loved it. Thanks for visiting my blog and now I follow yours!

Penny said...

Love the pictures! We visited Mount Vernon a few years ago - never thought to pick up some seeds. We would have enjoyed a little shower that day as it was in the upper 90's. :)

Anonymous said...


Just found your blog.
Your tour is a great idea, what lovely photos, thanks for sharing this.
Lovely stitching too (: