From the Normal to Bizarre
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Friday was a beautiful day. Sunny and warm, but not hot. Perfect for tours and travel!
Julia drove the three of us over to the Longwood University campus at The program began with a talk by about the university’s undergraduate programs, followed by a tour of the campus. Longwood is now a general public university, but was founded in 1839 as a college for women. It became a state teacher’s college in 1884 and was called the
After the tour, we went to lunch at a Ruby Tuesday's.
Not far from here is the R.R. Moton High School historic site. The high school, once on the edge of the town, was the school for African-American students in the time of segregated schools. In 1951, the students staged a demonstration to protest the overcrowded and substandard conditions at the high school. The resulting lawsuit was incorporated into the landmark Brown v. Board of Education anti-segregation case.
Back in town is the Norfolk & Western Railway station, built in 1902, and now a community center and town meeting place. Of course, I had to get photos of this structure.
Up the street from the station, one finds the historical marker for Bizarre. (The state historical marker, dating from 1929, is a vintage item itself!) The marker tells of the existence of this curiously named estate and of the
It was now mid-afternoon and time to begin our trip home. On the way back to US Highway 360 was the turnoff for Sailor's Creek Battlefied State Park. We stopped here to view this Civil War battlefield and learn of events that led to Appomattox.