Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Today we went to the Confederate Memorial which was just an awesome experience. The mountain itself is all granite cut into the side of the mountain is the sculpture. The sculpture itself consists of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and General Stonewall Jackson. The carving is 90 feet tall and 190 feet wide and stands eleven and half feet out from the actual side of the mountain. It towers 400 feet above the ground in a frame that is 360 feet square, which equals 3 acres. The sculpture was started in 1915 and wasn't finished until 1970. From 1928 to 1964 all work was halted on the sculpture, so for 36 years it wasn't worked on. It's hard to believe that a sculpture of that magnitude looks so small on a mountain so large.

Bob and I took the skyride, which is basically a swiss cable car, 825 feet up, to the top of the mountain that the memorial is sculptured on and we were able to walk around the whole top of it. We also took a train ride around the mountain, played miniature golf and went to the antique car museum.

Our last stop for the day was the Antebellum Plantation and Farm. This was a plantation from 1845, along with a lot of other buildings on the plantation from that period, such as the smokehouse, a doctor's cabin, slave cabins, schoolhouse, etc. The plantation reminded me of Genessee Country Museum in New York if anyone has ever been there.

We had a great day and a lot of fun. We went back to camp made dinner and made plans to get back on the road tomorrow. It is nice to be able to stop along the way to visit places we've always wanted to see.

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