Thursday, November 16, 2017

Virginia Historical Society

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  In 1912 the Confederate Memorial Association built a shrine for the Confederate dead and a memorial to the “Lost Cause”. When funding dried up in 1946 they merged with the Virginia Historical Society. The building was enlarged to house the historical society’s offices, research library, and artifacts. The original memorial is surrounded by the new additions with a few remnants of the CMA remaining, most notably a series of murals depicting the major branches of Confederate military. 

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  The historic society exhibits are very well done and give a good overview of Virginia’s history starting with Native Americans and continuing through the decades to current events. The main exhibits fill two large rooms with smaller rooms displaying guns, paintings, and furniture.

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  The parking lot is large enough for RVs. We fit in the handicapped spaces but larger RVs should be backed up over the grass or parked across the spaces near the rear of the lot.  Museum   37.55843, -77.47495

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Museum of the Confederacy

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  ( I forgot my camera so the photos are from the museum website)

   The Museum of the Confederacy is one part of The American Civil War Museum which includes two more sites in Richmond and one in Appomattox. We visited the Museum of the Confederacy only.  As to be expected from the name this museum is about the Confederacy with very little information about the Union or slavery. The main floor exhibits give details of the major battles with many personal items including some donated by Robert E Lee’s and Jeb Stuart’s families. The lower floor exhibits center around the lives of southern plantation families during the war and the upper floor displays Confederate battle flags with information on the controversy about the use of the flags in modern times. 

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  The museum is accessible. The White House where Jefferson Davis and his family lived during the Civil War, which is located next to the museum, has many steps and is not accessible so we did not visit it.

  Free parking is available on VCU Medical Center Visitors Deck of the parking garage on 12th Street. There is very little parking elsewhere, especially during the week, so if have a RV visit on the weekend where street parking is more available. We visited on a Sunday and parked on 9th Street where we found plenty of spaces - free on the weekends. The sidewalks and curb cuts are in fairly good condition.  Museum  37.54071, -77.42939

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Monday, November 13, 2017

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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  This is the newest Smithsonian Institution museum in DC and, like the rest of them, it’s an excellent museum. The first exhibit hall covers African cities and customs, European cities and customs, and the beginning of the slave trade. The exhibits lead visitors through time with displays and videos covering slavery, emancipation, segregation, fights for equal rights, and current issues. Stories of individuals – slaves, freedom fighters, soldiers, inventors, musicians, artists, sports stars, and ordinary people – are included. We spent about 4 hours in the museum and didn’t make it through all of the exhibits.

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    IMG_8228IMG_8234IMG_8235     The museum is very popular. Admission is free but tickets should be reserved in advance, either online on the first Wednesday of the month or online on the day you want to visit. Be prepared to be online as soon as the tickets become available at 6:30 AM.

  The layout is a little confusing. From the entry level take the elevator down one floor where you will be directed to another elevator which goes down three floors to the beginning of the exhibits. These three floors have long ramps between the levels but no elevators. Following the ramps through the exhibits will take you back to the second elevator which will take you to the entry level and the three upper levels. The hallway in the beginning of the exhibits is narrow and can be very crowded.

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  We parked on Constitution Ave. fairly close to the museum. DC has recently implemented fee parking along all of the streets where parking was previously free. On most streets the fee is $2.00 an hour payable by credit card or phone app. The spaces are not marked with lines so RVs fees are the same as car fees. The maximum time is 3 hours, the same as it was previously. In the past this was not enforced but now it’s necessary to pay attention to the time which puts a crimp in long walks or long museum visits. A benefit of the parking fees is that spaces are easy to find. Spaces that would have filled by 9:30 in the morning are still available at 12:00.  Museum  38.89105, -77.0327

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

National Gallery of Art

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  The National Gallery has an east building and a west building which are adjacent to each other so you can easily visit both in one trip. The east building houses modern and contemporary art, the west building houses European masters from the medieval period through the late 19th century plus pre-20th century works by American artists. Many paintings and sculptures were donated by wealthy philanthropic collectors so there are galleries that display the works of just one artist or several artists with similar styles.  It’s pretty cool to see a large series of paintings by wonderful artists like Rembrandt or Renoir grouped together in a small setting.

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  Both museum buildings are accessible. The east building has a ramp at the entrance on 4th Street. The west building has ramps at the entrances on 6th Street and Constitutional Ave. A below ground tunnel connects the buildings at the Concourse level.

  A special exhibit in the west building, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting, was very crowded which made it difficult to navigate and see the paintings. The crowds thinned near closing time.

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  We parked on Madison Drive in front of the west building. DC has recently implemented fee parking along all of the streets where parking was previously free. On most streets the fee is $2.00 an hour payable by credit card or phone app. The spaces are not marked with lines so RVs fees are the same as car fees. The maximum time is 3 hours, the same as it was previously. In the past this was not enforced but now it’s necessary to pay attention to the time which puts a crimp in long walks or museum visits. A benefit of the parking fees is that spaces are easy to find. Spaces that would have filled by 9:30 in the morning are still available at 12:00.  Museum  East Building   38.89065, -77.01853

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

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   On September 11, 2001 five hijackers took over American Airlines Flight 77 and crashed it into the Pentagon. 184 people died, 59 on the plane and 125 who worked at the Pentagon. The memorial is a simple but moving tribute. A bench has been placed for each person in a position that signifies their age and whether they were in the plane or at the Pentagon. The memorial is opened 24 hours with lights illuminating the benches at night.

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  The memorial is partly accessible. The main paths are paved but the areas around the benches are loose gravel. It’s very difficult to get close enough to the benches to read the information about each person.

  Five accessible car parking spaces are located in the south parking lot at the Pentagon. Other public parking is not available at the Pentagon but passengers may be dropped off. Parking is available to Pentagon Memorial visitors at the Hayes Street Parking Lot. This is where we parked. Walk through tunnel under the interstate to get to the memorial.  Memorial  38.87056, -77.05923

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Air Force Memorial


 
   Three stainless steel spires curve upward framing a panoramic view of the city.

  The memorial is accessible.

   Parking is limited. No buses were expected to arrive during our visit so we were permitted to park in the bus area at the circle.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Washington Monuments Walking and Rolling Tour # 2

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   Washington DC has wonderful museums plus it’s where some of our favorite people live so we visit often. It’s very accessible with mostly level, well maintained trails and sidewalks - just right for a walking tour. I posted a previous tour here.  This time we parked on Ohio Drive SW and walked/rolled to the Jefferson Memorial. There’s a ramp and elevator on the southern side of the monument. A small interpretive area has informative displays about Jefferson’s life and beliefs. The elevator goes to the rotunda level with a huge statue of Jefferson and views of the city.

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  We backtracked to walk/roll along the west side of the tidal basin which has good views of the memorials on the east side of the basin and access points to memorials on the west side. After passing the Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial we stopped to see the Korean War Veteran's Memorial before continuing back along the walkway along Ohio Drive to our parking spot.

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DC has recently implemented fee parking along all of the streets where parking was previously free. On most streets the fee is $2.00 an hour payable by credit card or phone app. The spaces are not marked with lines so RVs fees are the same as car fees. The maximum time is 3 hours, the same as it was previously. In the past this was not enforced but now it’s necessary to pay attention to the time which puts a crimp in long walks or museum visits. A benefit of the parking fees is that spaces are easy to find. Spaces that would have filled by 9:30 in the morning are still available at 12:00.   38.881604, -77.043509  DC Map

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Blog Maintenance

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   A main goal when I started this blog was to provide information that could be used - especially by people with limited mobility - to determine if an attraction would be a worthwhile visit. (This makes for pretty dull reading at times! :-D )To achieve that goal I include links in each post so that readers can research more on their own if they desire. A problem comes when attraction websites are updated because sometimes the links get broken. I try to keep them updated but as my posts and maps grow so do the links. I recently went through every map and blog post and corrected the broken links, however, it seems like more broken ones pop up all of the time so it’s an ongoing effort.

  While I was fixing the links I also added clickable GPS co-ordinates on each post and updated the little maps so that if they are clicked on the attraction is pinpointed on a larger state map.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween Break

IMG_8142   Time for all of our yearly appointments and checkups. We’ll be stationary for 2 or 3 weeks so I won’t be posting very much. Please check back in November.

                   Thank you for reading and commenting!

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley

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  There isn’t a designated oversized vehicle lot so we parked in the north lot which appears to be lightly used. It’s a bit of an uphill trek to the casino entrance.

The chairs are fairly easy to move and the card and money slots are easy to reach. Casino   41.11791, -80.76171

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