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 Posted: Thu Feb 14th, 2008 02:08 pm
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My favorite place to visit around here is Malvern Hill. Johan mentioned the commercialism of G-Burg, and I'd have to agree. Having tramped around Fredericsburg quite a while (lived there for 7 years) it sometimes gets downright depressing with the stores and roads and gridlock crowding out some of the sites (Salem Church comes to mind). Malvern Hill is still out in the boonies, and doesn't seem to be visited much. When I go there I can just sit down by a cannon, survey the field, and think. That one was my daughter's first field visit. Waay too young to even grasp the begining of its significance, but a good visit none the less. She still likes to go to the fields with Daddy.

I figure, if she likes walking the places, once she can really read, she'll learn something. When they hit it in school, they'll actually be able to say they've BEEN to some of the places they'll read about. I remember relating things like that in school myself. Then, my experiences were limited to Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Harper's Ferry. Been to more since. Knowing the look of the places gives reading about them a whole new dimension of understanding.

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