We recently embarked on a trip to see a few places in Virginia. This wasn't our main destination, but we stopped at Virginia Military Institute to tour the museum and grounds.
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Our tour guide was an amiable psychology major from Taiwan.
The cadet barracks reminded me a a sprawling castle.
We saw tributes to great men who had led valiant troops in battle...
And of "Virginia" mourning her dead.
In the museum... relics of the past.
In the chapel is a painting depicting the Battle of New Market.
A closer look at the painting. If you're interested, the heartbreaking story of young cadets thrust into a civil war was told in the 2014 film, Field of Lost Shoes.
In my next post I'll share pics of our trip to Mount Vernon.
In the meantime, I've been knitting a few hats. This is the Sunset Hat, a free pattern on Ravelry. It's a good pattern for using up small amounts of yarn leftover from other projects.
I used self striping yarn with sequins for this one.
Hope you're having a great fall!
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Hello, wonderful tour and photos from the military institute. wow, the cadets barracks are beautiful. Your hats are cute. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Eileen! Hope you have a great weekend, alsoDelete
LOVE love your hats. Nice photos from your tour. BReplyDelete
Thank you, B, and I enjoyed your photos today, also.Delete
Glad you are getting out and enjoying yourself, Toni! And thank you for taking us along. Love your hats, I'll have to check out that free pattern and the movie too. Never heard of it. Sounds like something I'd be interested in. Looking forward to Mt. Vernon!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jane! I had not heard of the movie before, either, and I don't know why because it looks to be pretty well done. It's based on a true story and from the trailers I've seen, very poignant. We're planning to watch it as soon I can borrow our daughter's copy. ;). One quote from the movie, an order from an officer for cadets from VMI, "Send the boys in...and may God forgive me." That gets me and makes my eyes sting.Delete
Very interesting place your visited, I like historical stuff like that. Nice knitted hats too.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Ida! We love history, too.Delete
I like your HATS! Wonderful. Is it hard to do?ReplyDelete
Hi Jedidja! No, the hat isn't hard really. You do have to hold two strands of yarn part of the time, but it's fun to make.Delete
The museum is really special and the painting is amazing.ReplyDelete
Love the sunset hat and its bright colours!
Thank you, Christine! We enjoyed the tour and loved the painting.Delete
wow. a sprawling castle, indeed! a neat place to visit. love your sunset hat!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Theresa! Hope you have a great weekend!Delete
Thanks for this most interesting and a portion of history.ReplyDelete
You're welcome, LV, and thank you for stopping by. :)Delete
What a nice stop on your trip. Those barracks really do look like a castle. I looked up the movie on Amazon, and it does have good reviews. It's probably hard to watch, but it looks like a good one.ReplyDelete
Linda, we've always been sympathetic towards our soldiers, especially the young ones, so this stop was full of mixed emotions. And then in light of our present military situation, seems it was eventually all for naught. So Sad.Delete
I love your hats too-especially the colors in the first one. Enjoyed all the photos from your tour-have an awesome weekkendReplyDelete
Thank you, Kathy, and I hope you have a great weekend, too.Delete
What a neat trip! Thank you for sharing the photos. I have never heard of the Field of the Lost Shoes. I will have to look into it-- but the word "heartbreaking" already makes my heart hurt for those boys... On a lighter note, I really like the sparkles in your hat!!! :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, JES, I loved knitting with the sequined yarn, and the self-striping saved a lot of work weaving in the ends of different colors. About the movie, our daughter bought the DVD at the museum so we plan to borrow it from her. I just hope there were no scenes that would disqualify it for family viewing. I'll ask her and get back with you on that.Delete
Loved the piano in the Museum! Your hats are beautiful! I just bought some of the self-striping yarn. I hope I have good luck with it. ♥ReplyDelete
Hi Kerrie! I'd love to see what you make with your new yarn. :)Delete
If I ever get back to Virginia, I will have to make this a priority to see. It is such a sad tale. So many young men lost. Makes us appreciate our freedom even more. Thanks for sharing your photos!ReplyDelete
It is really sad story, Jackie, like so many others in wartime. I wanted to do the tour justice with more information in the post, but it was too sad to dwell on any longer than I did. There's more to see and more stories so, by all means, go if you get the opportunity.Delete
My husband loves history and enjoyed the museums we visiting in Virginia several years ago.ReplyDelete
Love the hats :)
Your knitted hats are beautiful. I think self-striping yarn is a great invention!ReplyDelete
What a interesting trip! (or at least, to us interested in history). ;-) The building resembles a castle indeed. On the crafty side, your hats are beautiful. I'm always looking for patterns where I could use those yarn leftovers and the Sunset hat looks perfect for it.ReplyDelete
It's chilly now. Summer is finally over. Perfect time to knit!
Awww Toni. I am right up the road from Lexington and would love to have met up with you. Glad that you enjoyed your trek to VA!ReplyDelete
Looks like a nice day out. And I like the hats as well.ReplyDelete