Monday, July 6, 2009

Part 2 Of "The Beautiful Birthday Present"

As you likely noticed in the title, this is PART 2!!! I'm doing a series of posts on the beautiful, early birthday present I enjoyed this last weekend!!!! :-) If you haven't read part 1, you may want to scroll down and get the whole picture! After all, you don't want to miss the picture of me, Gracie, of all people, on a Marine Corps confidence course!!!

Now, picking up from where I left off in the last post, after the tour of TBS we headed in a westward direction toward the county of Orange. Arriving at our town of destination we were a little early for check-in. Check-in for what, you may ask. Read on. So, being a little early we looked for something to do and stumbled across the James Madison museum. The county of Orange was home to President Madison. We were getting close to the museum's closing time, so the kind lady said that instead of paying the fee we could just put a donation in the collection. We were able to walk about and briefly cover the whole museum.

Then it was check-in time! :-)

And here is one of the things that Stephen did to make this trip such a special, beautiful birthday present...

... he booked us a night at a gorgeous and historic Bed and Breakfast, called Mayhurst Inn!!!! I was so thrilled!!! More about the history of this fascinating place later. For now, some pictures.

Driving up the hill to the Mayhurst Inn...

After we parked and got out I took some shots through the trees:

Zoom in...

Wow! Isn't the Inn beautiful!!!

Check out Clara's expression!!!

Daddy and Clara standing above the cute pond on the property.

In we went and checked in and were shown to our lovely room.

Each room in this bed and breakfast has a different name. Ours had an EXTREMELY significant reason for being given the name "The Generals Room". During the civil war Generals Robert E. Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson, and A.P. Hill were all guests in this home and, according the current owner and hostess of the bed and breakfast, all stayed in this room!!!!! I thought that was sooooo exciting!!! The owner/hostess said they know this because of documentation. Here is the picture hanging over the mantle:

There are more pictures of the room, which I will probably share later.

After checking in we did some exploring of the grounds.

And stay tuned, there is much more to come!!!


Momma M said...

Yeah, historic is fun!

Momma M said...

Ok... I'm ready for part 3!!!