Lucketts, VA

“I must have flowers always.”  This quote describes the sunshine Lucketts brings to my life.


This quaint and seemingly untouched town was originally called Black Swamp.  They say it is because of the Black Oak trees growing in the area. The town later became known as Goresville from the late 18th century until the mid-19th century.  The town derived its name after a Thomas Gore a prominent local man.  In 1865 the town changed its name again to  Lucketts in 1865. The town’s Lucketts School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

When I am looking for a unique gift for a creative person I go meander through the antique stores.  A must stop are my favorites:
Bee Keepers Cottage
* The Old Lucketts Store
* Rust and Feathers

There is the design house that has various dates to which it is open.  I have not been able to be there on those days but here it is stellar.

This last trip we scored an Elvis Presley record, metal basket, 2 old photos mounted on a board with a news blurb and a must have tote Lucketts tote bag.

The shops are open mostly 10-5 everyday of the week.  Most of the shops are located around the only stop light in Lucketts.

Occoquan Park, VA

This is the spot for beautiful walking trails, water, and outdoors. The scenery is decorated with unique items that will complete your experience.

Stellar spot for strolling, running, fishing, kayaking, boating and watching the wildlife. The geese are friendly and enchanting to watch.

The Brickmasters cafe has relaxing views of the park watching the boats coast up and down the river.

Occoquan park reopens this week, unveils new events venue and cafe

 


The Occoquan watershed (drainage area) covers 590 square miles and includes the 1,700-acre Occoquan Reservoir, which serves as the boundary between Fairfax and Prince William counties. Nearly 40% of Prince William County lands drain directly into the Occoquan Reservoir before flowing to the Potomac River and on to the Chesapeake Bay.

The Occoquan Reservoir:
Supplies about 40% of the drinking water supply for 1.7 million Northern Virginia residents.
Can supply drinking water for the entire region in an emergency.
http://www.pwconserve.org/issues/occoquan/

Visit the city for your small town fix.  There are loads of shops and eateries and stroll along the streets to view the historic buildings.

Ball’s Bluff

The Battle of Ball’s Bluff in Loudoun County, Virginia on October 21, 1861, was one of the early battles of the American Civil War, where Union Army forces under Major General George B. McClellan, suffered a humiliating defeat.

The operation was planned as a minor reconnaissance across the Potomac to establish whether the Confederates were occupying the strategically important position of Leesburg. A false report of an unguarded Confederate camp encouraged Brigadier General Charles Pomeroy Stone to order a raid, which clashed with enemy forces. A prominent U.S. Senator in uniform, Colonel Edward Baker, tried to reinforce the Union troops, but failed to ensure that there were enough boats for the river crossings, which were then delayed. Baker was killed, and a newly-arrived Confederate unit routed the rest of Stone’s expedition.

The Union losses, although modest by later standards, alarmed Congress, which set-up the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, a body which would provoke years of bitter political infighting.

Take advantage of the trails.  I took one of the trails north of the parking lot.  Bug spray is highly recommended.

Hours are dusk to dawn.

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Ball’s Bluff Road
LeesburgVA 21076

T 703-737-7800
E templehallfarm@nvrpa.org

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ball%27s_Bluff

Quakers Richmond, VA

The Religious Society of Friends began as a movement in England in the mid-17th century in Lancashire. Members are informally known as Quakers, as they were said “to tremble in the way of the Lord”. The movement in its early days faced strong opposition and persecution, but it continued to expand across the British Isles and then in the Americas and Africa.

The Quakers, though few in numbers, have been influential in the history of reform. The colony of Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn in 1682, as a safe place for Quakers to live and practice their faith. Quakers have been a significant part of the movements for the abolition of slavery, to promote equal rights for women, and peace. They have also promoted education and the humane treatment of prisoners and the mentally ill, through the founding or reforming of various institutions. Quaker entrepreneurs played a central role in forging the Industrial Revolution, especially in England and Pennsylvania.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Quakers

Famous Quakers:

  • JAMES DEAN. Sent off to be raised by his father’s sister in Fairmont, Indiana, James Dean was raised Quaker. …
  • RICHARD NIXON
  • ANNIE OAKLEY
  • DANIEL BOONE
  • EDWARD R. MURROW
  • JOAN BAEZ
  • JOHN CADBURY
  • DAVID BYRNE