Posted by: scintillatingspeck | June 11, 2014

Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Lily and I spent the day wandering around Fredericksburg.

on Caroline Street

on Caroline Street

Hugh Mercer Apothecary (if I had been allowed to take photos inside, I would surely have photographed the medicinal leeches)

Hugh Mercer Apothecary (if I had been allowed to take photos inside, I surely would have photographed the medicinal leeches)

in front of the public library

in front of the public library

having a strawberry ice cream cone at Goolrick's Pharmacy

having a strawberry ice cream cone at Goolrick’s Pharmacy

We also visited the Rising Sun Tavern, where we learned about 18th-century tavern life in all its glory.

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A big highlight of the day for both of us was visiting Ferry Farm, the boyhood home of George Washington.  There are no original structures on site, but there is an active archaeological dig happening, and Lily got to be a part of it.  She asked questions, helped sift some dirt, and found some ceramic and glass fragments, which pleased her greatly.  She found the dig portion far more fascinating than following the self-guided tour via iPad (which I thought was very well done).  We were also extremely happy to find two sour cherry trees loaded with ripe fruit in the demonstration garden behind the visitors center.  We couldn’t stop eating cherries.

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Tonight, two mamas named Jen went out for dinner, and four children were otherwise diverted by other adults.  This was grand indeed.  Eating good food, in good company, sharing thoughts about meaningful and interesting subjects, feeling the warmth of understanding and generosity—in short, living it up while there’s life to live up—really, all I can conclude is that I’m insanely fortunate to have such a marvelous life with such astonishingly splendid friends in it.

We will miss our friends and their dog, Sugar, too.

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Tomorrow: onward to Richmond!

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