Saturday, August 11, 2012

Staycation Day 2 ~ Visiting Civil War Battlefield Sites

The area we live in holds a lot of Civil War history. One of my family's growing interests is the war and the history that took place right here in our own backyard, so to speak. After all these years of living here it was only recently, on our second day of staycationing, that we got around to checking some the sites out. 

The Opequon Presbyterian Church, original structure circa 1736
Read it's history here.

The church's cemetery.
Having a passion for praying for souls, I took a moment to pray for the souls resting here.

The Kernstown Battles.
Info here.

One of the Kernstown battlefields.
It is mind boggling to imagine the battles actually taking place on this very field
 and men losing their lives.
You bet, I prayed for their soul too.

We tried to visit the historic Pritchard House across the way. Sadly we visited on a weekday and they are only open on weekends. More on them here. Supposedly they have a great self-guided field tour you can walk.
They have a gift shop, too, which I was looking forward to visiting.
 We'll have to save that for another time.

We stopped at some other roadside markers.

Packed with a cooler of water bottles and basket of snacks, we were good to go!

We stopped at a beautiful park spotted along the way.
We ate lunch, played with bubbles, and the kids stretched their legs on the playground equipment.
 It was short lived, however.
A summer thunderstorm rolled up on us quickly, sending us packing and running to the car.

We had a great time together as a family and learned a little something too.
That will go down in the book as another special day!!!