Sunday, June 10, 2007

Grayson Highlands - Day 5

One more beautiful new day at Grayson Highlands. The days have been mid-to-upper 60s, nights, low 50s. Perfect! Today we've decided to just sit around the camp-site then later on, ride down to the picnic area and 19th century Homestead Settlement. The Chipmunks were still putting on a show, and we kept the camera handy to try and get a quick shot of the beautiful Woodpeckers paying an occasional visit. The reconstructed colonial settlement is a must see. The cabins, sheds, spring house, and various other out-buildings provide a step back in time to the days when our ancestors moved up the valley west seeking land to start their own homesteads. A review of the building shows how each was used in the small settlement. Living History interpreters will occasionally be present to demonstrate the colonial crafts and discuss the regions history.

The Weavers cabin is backed by various utility buildings used to store equipment and provide shelter for all forms of settlement activities.

The Spring House was critical for food refrigeration and fresh water.

The Spencer family cabin was originally built in the early 1900's just south of Rt.58 on present-day park property.

It was first built by John Calvin Ingram and moved here to the Park's Homestead plantation. Ingram, born in 1842, became a Confederate soldier in 1863 at the age of 17.

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