Day 827: Richmond NBP, Maggie Walker NHS, Petersburg NB

Today began with a treat!  Since it’s Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the beginning of the month in the Jewish calendar that contains Chanukah, Trish made latkes, fried potato pancakes traditionally eaten on Chanukah, for breakfast:

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Our first stop of the day was Richmond National Battlefield Park, a collection of civil war sites from both the 1862 and 1864 campaigns.  We visited the main visitor center, which is located at the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond.  It was at Tredegar that most of the cannons used by the confederacy were made, as well as many other iron-based implements of war:

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Remnants of the old iron works:

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A model of a Confederate ironclad ship:

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A piece of armor plate made here at Tredegar for the first Confederate ironclad, the CSS Virginia, also known as the Merrimac:

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The kids completed the Junior Ranger workbook for the Tredegar Iron Works unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park, and received their patches:

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They also completed a Junior Ranger workbook for Richmond National Battlefield Park as a whole, and received their badges and patches:

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We left the RV at Tredegar and drove the truck to downtown Richmond, where we visited Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site:

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Mrs. Walker is best known for joining and ultimately saving and leading the Independent Order of Saint Luke, which under her leadership established a store and a bank for African Americans.  She was the first African American female bank president, beginning her tenure over ten years before women even had the right to vote:

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This room contained a mockup of the teller window at the bank:

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A coin bank for children, to be used to open a savings account at the bank when it was filled to capacity with 100 pennies:

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Our next stop was Mrs. Walker’s home:

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We were inspired by Mrs. Walker’s ability to overcome both personal and cultural adversity to accomplish great things.  The kids completed their Junior Ranger workbooks and received their badges: 

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We went back to the RV, hitched up and drove south towards Petersburg, buying a new wheel to replace the wheel damaged in Tuesday’s blowout as well as refilling a propane cylinder along the way.  We eventually arrived at Petersburg National Battlefield, which preserves the history of the nearly year-long siege of Petersburg by Union troops.  The siege ended with the capture of Petersburg, which in turned forced the Confederacy to abandon its capital city, Richmond.  Days later, Lee would surrender to Grant at Appomattox, essentially ending the Civil War:

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The kids completed their Junior Ranger badges and received their patches:

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Tonight we are overnighting at a Walmart near Petersburg.  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 826: Prince William Forest Park, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP
Day 828: Colonial NHP – Historic Jamestowne

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