roadtrip recap: pictures from the week…

We’re still posting via the iPhone app, so can’t write much. The world will have to wait a little longer for GHB and LHB to give their accounts of the Worst Museum Visit Ever and The B Bus Brake Job Blues. But here are a few highlights of our week.

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Brief stop to visit Gettysburg / 150 years since 1863

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Once we had JLB on board and weathered our repair delay, we had a day of exploring family history in southwestern Virginia. Giles Thomas is a six-greats grandfather; he enlisted in Washington’s Army at age 16, witnessed the surrender of the British at Yorktown, married a cousin of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), died in 1842 and was buried in Blacksburg, VA where we tracked him down.

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A little further down the road at tiny Hickman Cemetery, burial place of the Chumbleys, family of JLB’s paternal grandmother. They had a farm on the banks of the New River / Civil War era. A place that feels lost in time.

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Enjoying newly-met cousins with 21st century media in real time!

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Jonathan Creek, Maggie Valley, NC

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Dinner for the B Bus gals – surrounded by the Smokies

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Distant view of the Mill Mountain Star from the vintage Hotel Roanoke, site of many memorable family dinners.

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3 thoughts on “roadtrip recap: pictures from the week…

  1. Thanks so much for taking us along on the trip! Rosanne and I were really excited to see that you were in Maggie Valley. We were there too. We rented a beautiful motorcycle from Gryphon Bikes of Maggie Valley for Rosanne to ride in the Smokies for her 50th birthday!

    Sending love,
    Elisa

  2. I am sorry to hear that the B Bus broke down, but it’s so cool to learn about your family history and your Revolutionary War ancestor, Giles Thomas. Is that another Quahog left on his gravesite?

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