Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 8 Travel day

We almost got an early start this morning.  After leaving the campsite we drove separately down the hill to the CC entrance.  After hooking up the car to tow I noticed that I left the 90 degree adapter on the water intake.  This made me remember that I also forgot to take the pressure reducer when I disconnected the water hose.  LOL  Had to walk all the way back up to the site and back to retrieve the gadget. We have a detailed checklist to use when we get the RV ready to take on a trip.  I need to make up one to use when we break camp.  the day was overcast.  Ran into some heavy fog on I-64 west in West Va.  Also rained most of the way up the West Virginia turnpike.  When we pulled into the Ashland/Huntington West KOA about 3 pm  we finally saw blue sky.  This KOA is convienient to I-64 at exit 179.  I would recommend it for an overnight stay if you need one.  Tomorrow we head west to Louisville Ky.  We will be staying at the Louisville South KOA.  Will be touring that area of Kentucky as well as visiting with my sister.

Day 7 part 2

After the walking tour of Staunton's historic districts we ate lunch and then headed to the Frontier Culture Museum.

The museum is an outdoor, living history museum featuring exhibits and programs that explore the origins and history of the American people.  The first part of the walking tour shows how the people who imigrated lived before they came to America.  The first exhibit is a West African Farm.  Unfortunatly, these people did not come voluntary.

Next we have the English, Irish and German Farms.  Each farm had someone there who gave us an oral description of how they lived.

English Farm house

 Irish farmhouse
 German Barn
This bed is typical of the Irish farmhouse.  We were told that due to health reasons most had to sleep sitting up in bed to breath easier.  Hench the shorter beds?

The next exhibits show the homes that were built in the different periods after the migration to America.

1740s American Farm
1820s American farm

1850s American farm

1850s Barn

Inside the barn was an authentic replica of a Cyrus McCormick horse drawn reaper

All of these structures, both from overseas and American were purchased, disassembled, and transported to the museum and put back together.  Its an amazing amount of man hours that went in to all of this.  We really enjoyed the museum.  Would recommend it to anyone interested in american history.