Virginia Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 3 hours on the University of Virginia campus and surrounding area. I then walked an additional 2 hours at Monticello (the home of Thomas Jefferson) and the surrounding area.

Highlights of the Virginia leg of the tour:

  • The weather managed to clear, JUST IN TIME, for me to do my walk outdoors.
  • The area has apparently been in the middle of a massive drought, so it’s nice they finally got some rain.
  • The University of Virginia campus is impressive.  It was nice to see some of the history I’ve read so much about.
  • I was interviewed by television Channels 16, 19 and 27 from Charlottesville.  My story appeared on their live newscasts and on (UNFORTUNATELY I DO NOT YET HAVE COPY OF THIS VIDEO – I AM ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN A COPY).
  • It was a joy to visit Monticello.  It was like seeing history up close.  It was a pleasure to walk some of the same ground once walked by Thomas Jefferson, his family and friends.
  • The drive to Maryland wasn’t too bad, although I hit a decent amount of traffic as I got closer to my hotel.
  • I managed to get 8 hours of sleep.

Here is a video of the exterior of Monticello and the surrounding grounds. Unfortunately we were not allowed to shoot video or pictures of Monticello’s interior:

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Virginia:

  • Virginia is nicknamed the “Old Dominion” and sometimes the “Mother of Presidents” because it is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents.
  • The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city and Fairfax County the most populous political subdivision. The state population is nearly eight million.
  • Virginia was one of the Thirteen Colonies in the American Revolution and joined the Confederacy in the American Civil War, during which Richmond was the Confederate capital and the state of West Virginia separated. Although traditionally conservative and historically part of the South, both major national parties are competitive in modern Virginia.
  • Virginia has a total area of 42,774.2 square miles (110,784.67 km2), including 3,180.13 square miles (8,236.5 km2) of water, making it the 35th-largest state by area. Virginia is bordered by Maryland and Washington, D.C. to the north and east; by the Atlantic Ocean to the east; by North Carolina and Tennessee to the south; by Kentucky to the west; and by West Virginia  to the north and west. Due to a peculiarity of Virginia’s original charter, its boundary with Maryland and Washington, D.C. does not extend past the low-water mark of the south shore of the Potomac River (unlike many boundaries that split a river down the middle).
  • The British Parliament’s efforts to levy new taxes following the French and Indian War (1754–1763) were deeply unpopular in the colonies. In the House of Burgesses, opposition to taxation without representation was led by Patrick Henry and Richard Henry Lee, among others.[66] Virginians began to coordinate their actions with other colonies in 1773, and sent delegates to the Continental Congress the following year.[67]  After the House of Burgesses was dissolved by the royal governor in 1774, Virginia’s revolutionary leaders continued to govern via the Virginia Conventions. On May 15, 1776, the Convention declared Virginia’s independence from the British Empire and adopted George Mason’s Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was then included in a new constitution. Another Virginian, Thomas Jefferson, drew upon Mason’s work in drafting the national Declaration of Independence. When the American Revolutionary War began, George Washington, who had commanded Virginia’s forces in the French and Indian War, was selected to head the colonial army. During the war, the capital was moved to Richmond at the urging of Governor Thomas Jefferson, who feared that Williamsburg’s location would make it vulnerable to British attack. In 1781, the combined action of Continental and French land and naval forces trapped the British army on the Virginia Peninsula, where troops under George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau defeated British General Cornwallis in the Siege of Yorktown. His surrender on October 19, 1781, led to peace negotiations in Paris and secured the independence of the colonies. Virginians were instrumental in writing the United States Constitution. James Madison drafted the Virginia Plan in 1787 and the Bill of Rights in 1789. Virginia ratified the Constitution on June 25, 1788. The three-fifths compromise ensured that Virginia, with its large number of slaves, initially had the largest bloc in the House of Representatives. Together with the Virginia dynasty of presidents, this gave the Commonwealth national importance. In 1790, both Virginia and Maryland ceded territory to form the new District of Columbia, though in 1846 the Virginian area was retroceded. Virginia is sometimes called “Mother of States” because of its role in being carved into several mid-western states.

Next stop, Georgetown University and the United States Capitol – Washington, DC.