10/13/13 Sunday at Hillsville, VA (Lake Ridge RV Resort-PPA)
I see bits of sunshine coming through, so we’ll be heading onto the Blue Ridge Parkway after church and lunch. At Mass today the lady announced that we’ll have no pianist for the next month. She played the autoharp for us. Lovely and the first time we’ve had that instrument at church. This is major bluegrass country (the Carter family), where lots of music has flourished. They call it “The Crooked Road”; 333 miles of major and affiliated venues. Unfortunately, the one we were hoping to enjoy was the Blue Ridge Music Center, which is closed because of the government shutdown. So at least we got a little of their music at church today.
Photos from the Blue Ridge Parkway:
Mount Airy Granite (as seen from the Parkway). It’s the white area at the bottom. Remember, we were at that site 10/9.
Cumberland Knob. The gate was closed, but we parked off the road, on the grass, and walked past the gate to enjoy this area that was where they began constructing this park. Interestingly, they started on 9/11/35. In 1937 the CCC worked at the first recreational development on the parkway-picnic tables and even a snack bar. In the 1930’s the state law mandating racial segregation. In the Parkway gas stations, sandwich shops and lunch counters would be open to all. Comfort stations (Southern term for restrooms) would have separate stalls, but not sinks. Larger recreational areas would have separate picnic grounds and campgrounds. By 1940 efforts to build one at Cumberland Knob ended. When WWII ended so did all segregation policies.
Vistas along the road
Little Glade Mill Pond
Stone Mountain. The light area is the massive granite surface of Stone Mountain, exposed through centuries of erosion. At one point it attracted the attention of miners, but it proved too difficult to mine and was eventually donated to North Carolina.
Mahogany Rock Overlook and another
Devil’s Garden Overlook and others
The Brinegar Family Cabin. Martin (21) and Caroline (16) married. They had 3 children while living in the one room cabin already on this land they purchased from a cousin. Their last child was born in this cabin that Martin built, but died as a child. All the materials for his cabin and other buildings came from his land.
John standing in the 5’5” door. Mr. Brinegar was 6’3”. He made the door short to conserve heat.
Tall chimneys and the front
Their outdoor pantry (root cellar below and dry storage above)
Cold Storage-shelter built over a stream, for keeping items cold. Reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright and his Falling Water house in West Virginia.
Goodby Blue Ridge Parkway for today.
Did I mention that, with the shutdown, there are no open restrooms on the Parkway, so we need to get off for that necessary comfort station. Then on to home. It was raining as we drew close, so we just hunkered down to dinner (no barbecue as planned) and TV.