We scouted for two days and selected the Battlefield in Lexington to be the spot where we hoped to photograph the 2017 solar eclipse events. Happy to share.
Right off it is important to point out that these photographs were NOT taken at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War which is just down the road from this museum. Rather, this is a privately owned museum, culmination of decades of collecting historical American artifacts that are displayed for viewing for a small price. Photography is allowed and, if the museum is not crowded, you can use a tripod.
We could have spent many more hours taking in the many exhibits. I have a hundred plus more photographs that I am not posting! If you are ever in the New Market area please do check this place out as well as the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. If possible, check out for dates when re-enactments of the New Market Battle will take place. It was one of the first battles of the 1864 Valley Campaign when Grant ordered that the Shenandoah Valley be cleared and it crops burned! It is reputed to be excellent. Finally, there is a great emotional impact of the history lesson when surrounded by photographs of people, ordinary soldiers, and the items used during an important period of our national history. It is sobering
The Natural Bridge is one of the oldest geologic features on the East Coast. Its limestone base is composed of compressed remains of of organisms that lived in the oceans nearly 500 million years ago. The bridge was part of an underground cave system when the James River was formed nearly 200 million years ago. As the water of the river changed course over time, the cave collapsed, leaving only the thickest part of the ceiling. The first survey of the area was done by Peter Jefferson in 1750. It is 215 feet tall, 40-50 feet thick, has a 100 foot span and is 90 feet wide. Thomas Jefferson heard stories abut the bridge from his uncle, Peter, and visited the area in his 20s. He purchased the 157 acres that included the Bridge from King George III on July 5th, 1774 for 20 schillings. Over the years the property has numerous owners. It became a Virginia State Park in 2016.