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My visit at Mount Vernon had taken a lot more time than expected hence my original plan of going down to Williamsburg and have a look around there during the late afternoon did not look all that realistic any more. But I am not really ready to only drive for the rest of the day not doing anything else. Hence I need to find a stop on the way to Williamsburg. And the choice of the day is Richmond.
Richmond is present day the capital of Virginia and formerly the capital of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Driving into the central part of the city I go down the Monument Avenue. Along the street there are a lot of monuments of the heroes from the Civil War from a southern perspective.
As I go out looking at the beautiful old houses along the road I see how you do campaigning American style. A lady is walking down the street with a list and of names she need to visit to tell them all to go vote for Obama - I can’t help but wonder what the old generals would have thought if they knew a WOMAN would be campaigning for a BLACK candidate on the hero street of Richmond.
After a few more stops going down Monument Avenue I get to down town Richmond to visit the state capitol.
After the visit to the capitol I want to see the old Confederate White House. But it is a bit difficult to get to - it is stocked in between a big hospital which surrounds it and to get there you need to drive through what I thought was a hospital area - which is. And then finally I find it. It is not really big and it looks pretty modest but hey I have been to the white house now I don’t need to look in DC I guess.
The last stop in Richmond is down at the Saint John’s Church.
The speech ended: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweat as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me LIBERTY or give me DEATH.” For all of the speech look here.
Apparently after hearing the speech people was shouting to arms to arms ready to go to join the fight against the British.
After this it is time to just drive as fast as possible to Williamsburg to be ready to visit tomorrow morning to beat the weekend crowds.