|La Perla: one of the photos from our winter vacation|
featured in the photo show.
With all that activity subsiding and the holiday BeadforLife sales at least a month off, we took some time to travel to West Virginia to visit Brendan, Eileen and the kids as weldl as spend a couple of days with my brother Tom and Sarah in Centreville VA.
|Braden controlling the ball|
|Beautyberry Bush grows 3-5 ft high|
and as wide
|Jose with his delighted customer!|
|Loudon County Courthouse,|
constructed well after the War
"If the Union Loudoun Rangers, who frequented Leesburg during the war years, were not warmly welcomed by the majority of Leesburgers, the same cannot be said for Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby's Rangers, the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry. The Rangers often came to town to visit Pickett's Public House, now part of the Loudoun County Courthouse Complex. Federal raiding parties often came to Leesburg in search of them. On 29 April 1864, members the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry under command of Colonel Charles Russell Lowell, supported by auxiliary infantry, arrived from the east via Leesburg Turnpike, hoping to find some Rangers. They surprised the Rangers at Pickett's. In the ensuing skirmish, some Rangers were wounded or captured, while others fought their way out." (https://www.leesburgva.gov/visitors/history-of-leesburg/leesburg-and-the-civil-war)Since this is the area from which our forebears emigrated to Missouri, it is more than likely that our ancestors, at least some of them, did their best to carry on normal life in Leesburg, providing beverages to whichever side showed up with guns and numbers.
Later that night, Marilyn flew home to Rochester. I will be driving to Morgantown to watch Brock play high school soccer and Brady play middle school football.