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Old House Woods and Ghost Pirates

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Whenever Sharon and I take a trip, we usually will look up the urban legends surrounding the area.  Somewhere in the Chesapeake Bay area, there are legends about an old house in the woods and another about the ghost pirates still looking for their buried treasure in the thick forest.  These tales were so intriguing to us that we had to check it out.  (Sharon writes about the stories on her blog: ( Pirates and Wraiths in the Woods .) After hitting the beach with our “pirate” scarves on our heads, we then drove along the marsh lands, and into the woods.  We found the “Old House Woods Rd” sign and drove down the dirt road.  At the end of the road was a gate with “Private Property” on a sign.  We drove back to where the road curves, and stood outside the car while the sun was going down.  It was basically quiet with a few critters making their presence known.  We decided that the pirates were not interested in looking for their treasure that night, so we left.  We

Haunting: The Murder/Suicide House

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Somewhere in Gloucester is an abandoned house that sits at the end of a cul-de-sac known as the murder/suicide house.  It is partially hidden by shrubs and vines and is located at the water's edge.  The house has been empty for over 60 years after a murder-suicide took place inside the now decaying walls. The story has been told many years about the family who once lived there.  The father was abusive, the mother was weak, and a little girl was often neglected by her parents.  I am not sure why, but for some reason while the father was gone, the mother killed the daughter and then herself.  Some also say it was a place where witches once gathered to unmask evil.  Many say the place is haunted by the mother, daughter and some demon spirits.  I don't know exactly what happened, or if any of the stories are true because I couldn't find much information on the place. However, Sharon and I had a weird experience on our first visit to the house.  While checking out th

Abandoned Virginia

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All around the state of Virginia are abandoned structures that stand empty and alone.  You find them along the highways or on the back roads.  Some are almost hidden by the vegetation which surrounds it.  I put together a video from the many photos I took on my trip to Virginia.

Little Churches With Eerie Cemeteries

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Throughout our trip in Virginia, we ran into lots of little old and/or historic churches with eerie little cemeteries on their properties.  I took many pictures and put them together on a slideshow video. One church is Vauter's Episcopal Church & Cemetery along Highway 17 between Fredericksburg and Gloucester.  "Vauter’s Episcopal Church, the upper church of St. Anne’s Parish, was built in 1731 on land belonging to Bartholomew Vauter (originally spelled Vawter). One of the county’s oldest structures, it is the eleventh oldest of 48 colonial churches still standing in Virginia. The masonry is among the finest of any colonial church. Bricks, which are laid in a Flemish bond pattern, were probably fired on site and the mortar made from oyster shells." (Source:  http://www.us17coastalhighway.com/ ) A couple of the other churches are Mount Zion United Methodist Church with its cemetery on a hill, and Smithfield Baptist Church which was built in 1880.  Both churche

Historic Gloucester and The Doug

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The Gloucester Museum of History is located on Main Street in historic Gloucester, VA.  The Botetourt Building where the museum is located was built in 1770.  It is a pre-Revolutionary brick tavern, where the county seat ( Botetourt Towne ) was once housed, and named after Virginia's first governor, Lord Botetourt.  The building was first recognized as John New's Ordinary where many loved to shop.  Inside the building are many exhibits including Gloucester Archaeology, Civil and Revolutionary War displays, the old county store with post office, and memories of the Hotel Botetourt. Gloucester Museum of History 6539 Main Street Gloucester, Virginia 23061 www.gloucesterva.info/histindex.htm We spent four nights in Gloucester because we had lots to see.  We dined at a couple of restaurants we can find around Arizona (Red Robin and Ruby Tuesday), but we also enjoyed a couple of local places located in historic Gloucester. We found the Courthouse Restaurant ( http

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

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Located in the heart of Fairfax, VA on Main Street lies the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center.  It is located in a historic building which was constructed in 1873.  It started out as an elementary school for the city and on July 4, 1992, it became a museum and visitor center.  It was renovated 1996 and 2003 to "increase gallery space and enhance service for local residents and tourists.  The Museum and Visitor Center presents exhibitions and programs on regional history.  The gift shop features local souvenirs and history books."  Also, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Main Street, Fairfax, VA, 1903 by Sharon Day

St. Mary's Church and Cemetery

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church sits on a parcel of land bestowed by a couple of Catholic families in 1838.  Their wishes were to have a Catholic church with a cemetery located on that piece of terra firma.  Fairfax was in need of a place to hold services since on occasions the pastor held mass in railroad boxcars for the immigrants moving to and working in town.  In 1858, the first cornerstone was laid, and the wooden church was constructed.  By 1860, it was completed, the steeple bell was added, and the church was dedicated. During the Civil War, St. Mary’s became the center target for both the north and south looking to take over the nearby railroads.  The ground for which St. Mary’s sat on saw many fierce battles.  St. Mary’s also became a place where the injured were brought.  They were scattered amongst the hill where the church sat, and laid on pews taken from the church.  The wounded were then sent to Alexandria by train. In the cemetery surrounding the church, man

Legendary Bunnyman Bridge

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With an intriguing story of the Bunnyman Bridge told by many, Sharon and I made sure we added the famous location to our list of must see places in VA.  Since I grew up in Arizona, I was not aware of this legend until Sharon wrote about it on her blog,  Ghost Hunting Theories .  I could write you a long post about the legend, but Sharon explains it so well in her Vlog, so you can click on that and hear all about the Bunnyman legend and why it scared the hell out of everyone in the area.  I will add my photos of the place and a short documentary for your viewing pleasure.

Vacationing at Lake Burke

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Lake Burke in Fairfax, VA, is a 218 acre lake which offers various amenities for your outdoor pleasure.  You will find places for fishing, boating, rowboat rental, camping, and other activities.  The park also offers an 18-hole par 3 golf course, horse shoe pits, picnic areas, places to get refreshing drinks, food, and desserts.  They do not allow any swimming or windsurfing, but with all that this lake/park has, I don't think anyone will be bored. Burke Lake Park http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burkelakepark/

A Town Called Clifton

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While cruising around the back roads of Fairfax and surrounding towns, we ended up in Clifton, VA.  We found the town charming and quaint.  It had delightful shops, restaurants and a general store.  We did not see a traffic light, but stop signs and a railroad track that ran through town.  We also noticed the many historic buildings along the main street. By the time we reached this town, it was lunch time and we were hungry.  The Trattoria Villagio caught our eyes, so we just had to check it out.  A salad was what we both wanted and they had several appealing ones to choose from.  We were also offered a loaf of homemade bread with oil and balsamic to dip it in.  Yummy!  After lunch we walked around, took pictures, and went inside the general store.  This place had wonderful memories for Sharon when she was little. Town of Clifton http://clifton-va.com/ Trattoria Villagio 7145 Main Street Clifton, VA 20124 www.TrattoriaVillagio.com

Flying: Coming and Going

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At Sky Harbor Airport and excited for our trip. Just recently I took a trip to Virginia with my friend, Sharon.  She needed to revisit her childhood homes; her family home and summer place.  It was a personal journey and I was glad to take it with her.  My father grew up in Virginia and I wanted to see a couple of places his family once owned.  This 10 day excursion would keep us busy each day, and to get there, we had to fly.  Going through an airport is an adventure in itself. Neither of us like flying in a plane, but sometimes you have to grit your teeth and just do it.  In Phoenix, the Sky Harbor Airport has three terminals (2, 3 &4).  Two is the smallest and four is the much newer and larger of the three.  Our flight was with United which is located in Terminal 2.  Our adventure began at 6:00 am when the shuttle van showed up to take us to the airport.  We got dropped off and headed to the United ticket counter.  Most counters are automated, but a person is ther