Last weekend we visited the in laws and took a drive to Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester, Virginia. One of the things I love about Virginia is the history that permeates the state. We were, after all, the land of the first English settlement at Jamestown. Gloucester is about 35 miles from Jamestown and is directly across the York River from Yorktown, site of Cornwallis’s surrender to Washington.
The town of Gloucester was charted by John Smith’s mapmaker, was featured in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. It was occupied by the Yankees during the Civil War. We just got out and walked around a little bit, but the historic area of the Courthouse was like taking a step back in time.
If the car were not in the above photo, you could almost imagine yourself back in the 1800s.
Here are some of the other buildings
There is a plaque outside the Courthouse that tells of the looting and pillaging of the Courthouse and other buildings when the Yankee army swept through the town. The plaque says that the town survived its “brush with war” and in 1889 erected this Confederate monument.
Have you visited any historic towns lately?
Do you have a favorite?