Monday, February 8, 2016

Through My Lens - Farmville United Methodist Church & Confederate Memorial

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"A group began meeting in a building on this site in 1832. In 1833, the property
was conveyed for use by the Methodist Episcopal Church. The first church
building was a small wooden structure. A brick church was built in 1839. Upon
finding out that 400 pounds of beeswax were needed to make the mold for the
medallion for the ceiling of the new church, Mrs. Pleasant Hubbard, a member of
the congregation, personally traveled throughout the county and collected the
needed beeswax. Encased in glass, this medallion is still on display in the church.
In 1907, when the congregation grew too large for the church, it was torn down.
The present brick building was completed in May 1908 and enlarged in 1953 and
again in 1963. The stained glass windows are memorials to deceased members."
(Copied from the Farmville walking tour)

"Plans to build a monument to honor Confederate heroes of the Civil War were
started by the Prince Edward Memorial Association at a meeting in the Old Opera
House in August 1895. This organization preceded the formation of the Farmville
Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and consisted of Confederate
Veterans and local county persons. The UDC Chapter formed in 1896 and took
the lead in raising $3,000 to erect the monument, a large undertaking when land
cost $2.50 an acre and an adequate size home cost only $1,500. The monument,
designed and erected by Petersburg Marble Works, is made of Virginia gray
granite, 19 feet in height. The bronze figure of the Confederate solider was cast by
Gorham & Co. and is seven feet tall. The monument was dedicated on Oct. 11,
1990. The speaker was Farmville native, Professor William T. Thornton, Dean of
Engineering at the University of Virginia, where the engineering building is
named in his honor."
(Copied from the Farmville walking tour)

A view from the side of the church. You can see the monument and Longwood University straight ahead.

Linking with Mersad's Through My Lens

Friday, February 5, 2016

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 70

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The restroom @ Benny's Pizza downtown

I've got more on Farmville for next week but I'm running late in getting Willy Nilly going here's my 5:

1) A little weirdness: Slashed & Hidden From Sight: The Power of Cursed Paintings

2) I was always self conscious about my freckles as a kid: Photographer Captures the Beauty of Freckles in All Their Glory

3) I made this the other night and it was deeeeelish! Spice Rubbed Chicken Breast & Moroccan Herb Dressing

4) 100 Best Photographs Without Photoshop

5) Interesting to learn where phrases come from: Have You Ever Heard The Term Piss Poor?

Well that's my 5 for the week and I'm getting them in just right under the wire! I hope you will play along too! List 5 randoms, link up and visit others! Thanks so much and have a great weekend!!

Linking with Cath!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Signs, Signs & Good Fences @ Longwood University in Farmville

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The original Ruffner Hall was built in 1839 but sadly burnt down in the "Great Fire of 2001" which you can read about HERE

For more info on Longwood University visit their website HERE

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Farmville - Poplar Hall & The Doyne Building on Main Street

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"The building is approximately 160 years old and still bears scars on the brick façade at the front of the building where cannon balls struck the building.
On the 5th and 6th of April, 1865, the noise and commotion of war approached Farmville from the East as Union troops marched in pursuit of Lee retreating west towards Lynchburg.
During the retreat, Lee’s troops fired artillery rounds from the nearby Appomattox River striking the front of the Tavern then located in the Poplar Hall building.
The rounds hit directly between the second floor windows scarring the brick facing of the building that can be still seen to this day.
It is believed that both Lee and Grant spent time in the building immediately prior to the surrender in nearby Appomattox." Copied from HERE

Built in 1887 as the first mortuary in Farmville.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Craddock Terry & LOVE in Farmville

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This old warehouse sits right across the street from yesterday's warehouses. Originally a tobacco warehouse, then later the Craddock Terry shoe factory. I've shown the the Craddock Terry building in Lynchburg HERE and to read more about this neat old warhouse CLICK HERE

There were a lot of people and dogs out enjoying the warmer temps!

And I found a LOVE sign, you know how much I "love" that! We used to do "family day" every Sunday which meant the kids couldn't have plans and would be drug around with us and forced to enjoy the day haha...well now that Ashlyn and Christian are adults the only ones participating in family day now is Braden and Dalton. Ashlyn has mentioned how much she now misses family day (funny because they all complained about it every Sunday) and luckily she came home from school Sunday just as we were leaving so we took her along with us. Christian however had a football game later he was playing in and since he still lives at home doesn't really miss spending time with us yet so he didn't have to go with us.

On another note, today is Braden and Dalton's 14th birthday! I let them stay home from school today and so they are still sleeping. In a couple of hours I'm taking them to the movies to see Ride Along 2, their choice, then downtown to Benny's Pizza for some lunch, their choice again, then to the mall for a little shopping. Christian is coming along for this fun though as he doesn't have classes today but now Ashlyn is back up at JMU for school but will be back sometime later today (JMU is only an hour and a half away)...hard to get all 4 kids together in one spot now that they are all older...I miss those baby years!

Linking with Our World Tuesday

Monday, February 1, 2016

Through My Lens - Farmville Mill & First Streets

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Sunday was nearly 70 out so we headed to Farmville which is about an hour and a half drive in Prince Edward County.

A great fire in 1898 destroyed all of the original early 19th century riverfront warehouses.

These warhouses were built in 1899.

In 1837, Farmville was the 4th largest tobacco port in Virginia. Tobacco was stored in the warehouses until it could be shipped down the Appomattox River Canal to Petersburg on bateaux.

Linking up with Mersad's Through My Lens

Friday, January 29, 2016

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 69

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More on snow...don't worry, it's melting so fast so I'll have something new to show soon!

A snowy sunset

The Blue Ridge Mountains from my back deck

The cute little snowman that lives across the street

Looking down my street...the cleared spot to the left is my driveway...this was Monday

A short video of Ozzy and the boys having a snowball fight ;)

Well that is my 5 for the week! I hope you will play along! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others!! Have a super weekend!

I'm linking up with Cath's