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Blue Ridge Parkway - Pg. 7
July 7, 2007


I always love these kind of historic recreation parks. Being able to actually be immersed in the culture of the day with the help of interpreters in period costumes brings it to life in a way that boring history books in school never could.

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In the 17th century, the Totero Indians lived in villages similar to this recreation when English explorers arrived in 1671. I got a kick out of mom remarking that the deerskin covered wooden pallets in here were just a bit more uncomfortable than the hide-a-bed in my motorhome!
Moving forward to the 18th century, you'll be greeted by Eddie Goode at a typical frontier fort. We were so impressed that he basically built this entire complex himself with only the help of a couple of volunteer buddies. He based the design on extensive research of the Vause family who lived here in the 1750's. He educated and entertained us with tales and demonstrations of musket shooting, fire building and music making. We also learned here about why documents in the 18th century used what looked like an uncrossed "f" instead of an "s" in some instances and what the rules were for that use - sure looks weird to us now, and I'd always wondered about that.
Mom sat on the porch at the Hofauger Farmstead and chatted with Kimberly. Even though this was built in 1837, mom said it reminded her a bit of the house she grew up in in Delta Farms, Louisiana - a town that no longer exists thanks to a hurricane that blew through many years ago.
At the one room schoolhouse, Miss Rachel looks like she's about to take the switch to mom for not learning her lessons well enough!
At the Batteuman's Shanty, we heard about how these flat-bottomed cargo boats traversed the rivers bringing necessities of the day to the residents. Differing blows of the horn signalled what they were delivering so they could be met at the docks.
The paths were quite beautiful and well laid out, but in places a bit steep. What made it possible for mom to see the entire place was being able to ride in the golf carts. Once we were through exploring an exhibit, the interpreter would call for the cart to transport us to the next. We both thought this was an exceptional service to their guests.
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