Saturday, June 28, 2014

Travelogue Prestwood and Kerr Lake Campground

A month or so ago we met friends at Kerr Lake and stayed at the State Park Hibernia Campground in the RV section. It was the nicest campground we've ever been in. And we've been in them all over the country.

The spaces were huge, they all had fire rings, they all faced the water, the bathrooms were tiled and cleaned 3 times a day, and I think they were $25 a night!

The best part of the trip was spending time with old friends and 2nd was visiting Prestwould. I'd never  heard of it before so it was really a surprise. I generally am not interested in interiors of historic homes, don't really care that George sat in this nondescript chair, but this home is different. Ninety percent of the furnishings are original, the wall coverings are amazing and the tour guide a hoot whether he meant to be or not.

A little history - Sir Peyton Skipwith, originally of England and then Virginia, built this home in 1794. Prestwould is the most complete gentry home in Virginia. Many of the original outbuildings and Lady Jean's Garden remain. The original two-family slave house still stands on the manor house property. The site has one of the largest collections of slave writings in the country. Detailing life from the plantation from the slave perspective, it has attracted scholarly attention.

This home is in the middle of nowhere even today, so can't imagine it being built and furnished as it is in this location in 1794.

These are not my photos - they would not allow photos inside - but here is a peek.

If you are ever in the area it is worth a visit.

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