Friday, May 24, 2019

The Civil War and Lee's Surrender, Appomattox, Virginia

We went to the Civil War Museum and then the Court House in Appomattox, Virginia, which is where General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces on April 9, 1865. Lee's surrender signaled the end of the Southern States' attempt to create a separate nation. The seven southern slave states began its secession in December 1860 in order to form the Confederate States of America. The government and northern states refused to recognize the secession, and because of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power of the government to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states, eventually led to the civil war. 

Appomattox Court House

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures, Spencer, North Carolina

As I look for things to see in the towns we visit, this one caught my eye. The Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures is housed in an old ABC Liquor Store, so it's not very big, but crammed full with more boxes coming. People from all over the country find they cannot throw away their old heirlooms and look for places to send them. Many of these dolls and toys are donated, and some of the Barbie Dolls belonged to Amy Dawn Morris, daughter of the owner, who died at the young age of 21 from Wiarnig-Hoffman bone disease. She was an avid doll collector and left hundreds of Barbies and other dolls to her sister and their mother, which are now at this museum.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The CCC in the Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

During the summer of 2013 we were workamping in Tremont, Tennessee. While there we visited the western area of the Smoky Mountains, including Cades Cove and Clingman's Dome. However, this time we were near the southeast area and just went to the Oconaluftee Visitor's Center, and then took a side trip to see Mingo Falls, which is not in the park, so I made a separate post for that.

The Visitor's Center highlights the work the Civilian Conservation Corp ("CCC") did as well as the people who lived in the area before it became a park.

Mingo Falls, Cherokee, North Carolina

Mingo Falls is approximately 120 feet tall and one of the tallest waterfalls in southern Appalachia. The waterfall cascades down nearly 200 feet of rock face and boulders. You’ll be taking the Pigeon Creek Trail to reach the waterfall, and the first leg is an invigorating climb up some 160 stairs. Once you’ve ascended those, though, the grade slackens and it’s a quick walk to the wooden bridge at the base of Mingo Falls.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Wheels Through Time Museum, Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Wheels Through Time Museum was founded in 1992 by Dale Walksler and is home to the world's premier collection of rare American motorcycles and historically significant automobiles, from 1903 to the present. There are over 320 of America's rarest and most significant machines, each with its own story. Many are unique, one-of-a-kind vehicles, so rare that no documentation exists. Most of the machines on display are in running condition, and while we were there heard some of them started up. Even though I am not a motorcyclist, it was fascinating to see all the various motorcycles made by Harley Davidson, Indian and other companies. We met one of the tour guides who recounted interesting stories of some of the motorcycles and automobiles. If you are in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, this is a must see museum. 
The Pierce Motorcycle