IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
LET ME TAKE YOU TO LEESBURG
It was so good to be reunited with our kids, (plus their doggies), and to be able to spend Christmas together. A double celebration this year as our daughter became engaged to be married - much excitement as we start to plan a wedding to take place in May of 2015! We will be gaining a super son-in-law.
With a mix of weather whilst I was there, from snow, icy rain to bitterly cold temperatures (which broke the record), back again to temperatures in the 50's (F), it was a far cry from the hot sultry temperatures of Singapore. But who can resist a good snow picture right?!
Downtown Leesburg is steeped in Civil War History, nowhere more so than Harrison Hall (Glenfiddich House) on King Street. Visited by General Robert E. Lee on September 3rd 1862 where he received treatment after he sustained injuries to his wrists after his horse, Traveler, unexpectedly shied.
General Lee was starting into the Maryland Campaign, he had sustained a painful hurt when standing by his horse which gave a sudden start. In catching himself, both wrists were sprained and a small bone in one was broken.
One of my favorite haunts in Downtown Leesburg is Shoes, Cup and Cork. This awesome little coffee shop/restaurant is a great place to hang out and watch the World go by. For many years this place was a shoe repair shop. Some of the old fixtures of the repair shop are featured in the place, for example the old shoes making up the light fixture, which I just love.
Getting to re-connect with these ladies is always a highlight. For many years we have been meeting up on a Friday morning at South Street Under, another Leesburg gem. I slot back in whenever I get back to Leesburg and they welcome me with open arms, love them. (Disclaimer, these pictures are from last summer as I did not manage to snap any of us this time around)
Leesburg is a quaint Town with some interesting places. Lightfoot Restaurant is housed in an old Bank building and has some unique features inside. We have the Chris Cooley Art Gallery owned by former NFL Redskin player Chris Cooley. The Loudoun County Courthouse, whose first courthouse building was erected in 1758 and has seen 3 different buildings on the site since then, a dominant feature of our Downtown. Along with an eclectic bunch of restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, Leesburg is a little gem - but then I am slightly biased ha ha!! It is hard not to love a Town that has been named after you!! ;)
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1/22/2014 10:52:03 pm
I've been doing some more genealogy and if my sleuthing has been correct, I've traced Helen's line back to a point where one side of the family moved to the US in the 1600's and settled in Massachusetts where one part of the family married into the Lee line who were cousins of the other part of the family who moved to Virginia and were the family of Robert E Lee, after whose great uncle (Thomas Lee) Leesburg is named. Also, one 4th or 5th cousin was killed at Bunker Hill in 1775
1/23/2014 05:35:26 am
Brilliant Lynn! Really good. Fantastic pictures. Not a criticism but just need a picy of the Old Post Office (or maybe I missed it somewhere.
Mavis & Colin roadley
1/23/2014 10:44:04 pm
great pictures Lynn, and your getting into family history too. Lovely engagement ring Heather has. Colin just had 80 /Day. ,
1/29/2014 04:08:09 pm
Lynn Lees you have convinced me that I have to visit!!! I would love to time the visit when you and my cousin and Fiona there at the same time - however - it cannot and I say again, it cannot be during winter!!!! So we need to co-ordinate a time maybe next year that you will be there!
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