|Clover Hill Tavern|
From Appomattox we drove an hour and a half back east to Petersburg, Virginia. Located south of Richmond, we wanted to see the Blandford Cemetery where my Bolling ancestors (I believe them to be mine) are buried. I have to admit that it was quite strange to see Confederate flags on the graves.
|A few other Bollings outside the masoleum|
|Old Blandford Church, erected 1735|
Tuesday we visited Montpelier, the home of James and Dolley Madison. Located in Orange County, this drive took us 75 miles northwest of Richmond. Following a short film discussing the accomplishments of Madison as the architect of the Constitution, we had a fantastic tour guide walking us through the mansion. We then strolled through the gardens and saw the family cemetery.
|Virginia capitol building|
Jim met back up with me on Saturday, and before we went to the airport we visited Hollywood Cemetery. Set on 135 acres overlooking the James River, this cemetery is the final resting place of 18,000 Civil War soldiers as well as President James Monroe, President John Tyler, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and 22 Confederate generals. The first burial in the cemetery was an infant in 1849.
|1869 monument to Confederate soldiers|
|dog watches over grave of a child|
This was a great trip, filled with history, research and new genealogy tips and tricks. A win-win-win.