Monday, August 18, 2014

The Apple House

One of the places Sharon and I stopped at while traveling from Gloucester to Front Royal, VA was The Apple House.  This wonderful deli and shop is located in Linden and has become a familiar sight for travelers to visit while in Virginia.  The Apple House opened its doors in 1963.  It offers a tasty BBQ and is known for its scrumptious Apple Butter Donuts.  After enjoying a meal, take a walk around the place and shop where you can find a variety of unusual items to choose from.  Check out their website for more information and location:

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Inn at Tabbs Creek

Located near the Chesapeake Bay and in the center of Mathews County, Virginia sits The Inn at Tabbs Creek.  This B&B can boast winning many awards for being environmentally welcoming, and having lavish accommodations for your comfort.  It has many outdoor activities for your enjoyment such as kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, swimming in their eco-friendly pool or taking a tour on the Deadrise Boat Charters.  (Information on my previous post.)  Sharon and I took this tour and highly recommend it.  This idealistic B&B is a great place for a romantic getaway or a great vacation for you and your family.  The location is perfect to take a ride to the nearby historic places such as Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.  Take a look at their website and see if it is the ultimate vacation spot for you.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Deadrise and the Lighthouse

Located in entrance to Mobjack bay, and west side of the Chesapeake Bay, sits the New Point Comfort Lighthouse.  Construction was finished in 1804, and on January 17, 1805, the light shined for the first time out to the bay.  The lighthouse is an octagonal shape, stands 58 feet tall, and is built of ashlar-sandstone materials.  Originally, along with the tower, there was a dwelling house, kitchen, covered way, well, oil vault, and eventually a dock.

After the War of 1812, the lighthouse needed repairs.  The structure, along with the keeper’s house, was rebuilt, and a fence was added around the property.  By 1839, boats were needed to get to the lighthouse because the sand bar was under water and no longer attainable.  In 1855, an updated lantern was added while the shoreline slowly eroded.

Today the New Point Comfort Lighthouse sits on its tiny island with no access.  The dock no longer exists and for safety reason, no one is allowed on the island and especially inside the lighthouse.  You can take a tour out to the lighthouse and see what it looks like after years of sitting empty.  For more information about the New Point Comfort Lighthouse, check out their website:

Sharon and I used the Mathews Deadrise Charters to take us to see the lighthouse.  Our tour guide was captain Trey.  He pointed out interesting facts and places along our journey to the lighthouse.  It took an hour both ways and was totally worth every second.  We were delighted with dolphins that swam alongside the boat on our trip up, and hung around while we took pictures while circling around the lighthouse.  If you are ever in Mathews and want a boat tour around the bay, I would recommend Mathews Deadrise Charters and Captain Trey.  Check out their website and Facebook page:

I put a video together of all the photos I took on our tour of the New Point Comfort Lighthouse from the boat.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Walter Reed

(Wikipedia)  Major Walter Reed, M.D., (September 13, 1851 – November 22, 1902) was a U.S. Army physician who in 1901 led the team that postulated and confirmed the theory that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact. This insight gave impetus to the new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine, and most immediately allowed the resumption and completion of work on the Panama Canal (1904–1914) by the United States. Reed followed work started by Carlos Finlay and directed by George Miller Sternberg ("first U.S. bacteriologist"). Reed's breakthrough in yellow fever research is widely considered a milestone in biomedicine, opening new vistas of research and humanitarianism.

Born in September of 1851 to Lemuel and Pharaba in Gloucester County, Walter Reed managed to accomplish many extraordinary achievements during his 51 years of life.  In 1869 and just before he turned 19, he earned his M.D. degree.   After he graduated from the University of Virginia, he attended the New York University’s Bellevue Hospital Medical College and procured his second M.D. degree in 1870.  Six years later, Reed married Emilie and together they had two children, a boy and a girl.

Later, Reed enlisted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and was stationed in several locations providing medical attention to those who needed it including Apache Native Americans.  Towards the end of his military tours, he continued his medical schooling by attending Johns Hopkins University Hospital Pathology Laboratory.  Following his education, he became a professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, and worked as a curator at the Army Medical Museum (now the National Museum of Health and Medicine).

In the late 1800’s, Reed proved that those inflicted with yellow fever did not get it from drinking water from the Potomac River, but from the nearby swamps.  The men who got the disease often took the trails through the murky woods.  He later traveled to Cuba as a part of a group to explore the widespread of typhoid fever infecting many soldiers.  During his time with the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission in Cuba, he and the other committee members concluded that mosquitoes were transmitting the disease and not by other means.  They followed this up with many experiments, an some were very risky.  Reed spoke at many seminars on yellow fever until his death on November 22, 1902 after his appendix ruptured.

Be sure to look Walter Reed up and read the many more in-depth articles on his life and achievements.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Paranormal Geeks at the Beach

Near the old house in the woods, where ghost pirates have been seen, is a quiet little slice of heaven, Haven Beach in Virginia.  Sharon and I decided to swim in this location for our beach day because is was less crowded.  The water was slightly cold, but perfect for a swim.  I put together a video of our adventures at the beach along with one showing you how windy it was.

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