Last year we were in the Deep South too early in the year. We missed Fall. We missed the gorgeous colors. We missed the smell of burning leaves. We missed the crisp chill in the air. Our intent was to rectify that this year but it seemed like we kept just missing it. We arrived too early in some areas, too late in others. This time, we hit the jackpot.
We’re parked at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, Virginia, a short drive south of Richmond. We are constantly remarking to each other, “what a lovely park.” Thickly wooded, great hiking trails, and a beautiful river for kayaking or canoeing. The sites are huge and nicely spaced with natural vegetation screening between them. Another bonus we like is being able to select the site we want upon arrival. We like this campground so much that if the weather wasn’t getting colder, and snow wasn’t coming in, we would most definitely extend our stay. We have not found a single site here that we found lacking.
Though we’ll only be here for a short time, we did do a little sightseeing. I wanted to see the White House of the Confederacy, Don’s not big on touring old houses but he humored me by tagging along. And, he was glad he did. He found the tour very interesting as we had a wonderful tour guide that was quite knowledgeable about the house and the Davis’s. A tour of the house also includes a visit to the Museum of the Confederacy next to the White House. The museum is small but the displays are nicely done. We learned that something we had always believed to be true was nothing more than an embellished tale.
Photography isn’t permitted inside the house. I used stock photos.
Everyone who has ever heard the story of Jefferson Davis’s arrest, has been led to believe that he was wearing women’s clothing when captured, allegedly to elude his captors. According to Davis, he was wearing his coat and vest. He posed in them for a series of photographs to prove that he wasn’t wearing women’s clothing as reported. A statement issued by Capt. Jas. H. Parker, who took part in the capture of Jefferson Davis, was written in part to “silence the falsehood.”
Near to the White House of the Confederacy is St. John’s Episcopal Church. Established in 1741 and still active today, it is the oldest church in the city of Richmond. It is in this church that patriot and statesman Patrick Henry gave his famous, fiery speech during the Second Virginia Convention, “Give me liberty, or give me death“, that helped to ignite the American Revolution. The date was March 23, 1775.
The Second Virginia Convention was held before the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. Over 100 prominent colonial figures attended including Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, Peyton Randolph and George Washington.
The cemetery surrounding the church is interesting in it’s own right. Among those interred here are George Wythe, a Virginia judge, noted scholar, opponent to slavery and signer of The Declaration of Independence, Elizabeth Arnold Poe, mother of Edgar Allan Poe, and James Mercer, a member of the Continental Congress. Also buried in the cemetery are 85 veterans of the War of 1812 and 27 Revolutionary War Patriots, such as Brig. Gen. William Chamberlayne and Colonel James Wood.
Back at the campground, we hiked a portion of the Powhatan Trail to Swift Creek where once more we relished all the breathtaking Autumn color reflected on the surface of the water. Hello Fall.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid………..