Virginia has dozens of presidential homes, be they their birth place or one of their residences or retreats. Many of our presidential homes are very grand but Pine Know is the exception, For all practical purposes, Pine Know is a little cabin in the woods that was purchased by Edith, President Roosevelt’s wife in 1905 as a place for “rest and repairs.” This cottage in the woods stands unchanged since 1905 and offers a rare glimpse into one of our nations premier preservationists.
Pine Knot was being built for a farm worker when Edith saw the home and purchased the home plus 15 acres for $280.00. Edith had fireplaces, on both ends of the home added, and a large “”piazza” (covered porch) on the back of the home. On the interior the wall separating the two rooms on the main level was removed and the center staircase was moved to against the southern side of the home making the lower level one large room. In the above photo the upper level window was so that there could be light into their daughter’s room. By today’s standards the room is the size of a small walk in closet. Later the Roosevelt’s purchased an additional 75 acres.
There was (and there still isn’t) running water or electricity in the home. When staying at the home, it was Archie’s (son of President Roosevelt and Edith) job to haul water to the home and it was President Roosevelt’s job to empty the chamber pots in the morning. The two fireplaces are what warmed the home and Edith used one to cook their meals when visiting Pine Knot. There is evidence that there once as a pot belly stove on the main level (probably for heat in the winter). The walls were never insulated, nor was lathe and plaster ever applied to the interior studs giving the guest a great view of construction techniques of the early 1900’s. The posts (actual tree trunks) holding up the roof of the porch are the same posts that were installed 110 years ago.
When President Roosevelt first saw the home he wrote to his son saying he was “immensely pleased with Mother’s Virginia cottage and its name.” The Roosevelts stayed at Pine Knot less than a dozen times. It took about 8 hours for them to get there from the White House, the first 4 hours was by train and the next four hours was by carriage.
The home is open to the public by appointment only. The day we toured Pine Knot our guide was Paula Beazley, Chair of The Edith and Theodore Roosevelt Pine Knot Foundations. Paula is a walking encyclopedia of facts about TR and his family as well as the property. Without her explanation and stories this property appears to be just another cabin in the woods. Rather than fill this post with stories about the Roosevelt’s stays at Pine Knot I will leave that up to Paula or one of the other volunteers guides to share with you once you take the tour. I know this is off the beaten path, but it is well worth the trip. .
To schedule a visit to Pine Knot call (434) 286-6106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org I would recommend calling several days in advance. Pine Know is approximately 90 minutes north of Lynchburg or about 30 minutes south of Charlottesville. It is a half mile walk from the parking area to the cabin. There is no charge to visit, but donations are accepted and are tax deductible.
Pine Knot is just one of many Presidential homes that are near The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. If you are interested in Presidents and Patriots this is just one of the homes we can recommend you tour.
Built in Roanoke in 1950, the J Class train was the most powerful steam locomotive ever built and arguably the best looking train ever built. Norfolk and Western only built 14 J Class passenger locomotives and train No. 611 was retired in 1959 and was housed in Roanoke’s Transportation Museum until 1981 when it was towed to Birmingham Alabama to be revitalized, the same year Norfolk Western merged with Southern Railway to become Norfolk Southern. Train No. 611 was used to pull excursions until 1994 when it was again retired and returned to the museum where train enthusiasts from around the word visited train No. 611. After years of fundraising the museum again decided to undertake a massive restoration costing about $3.5 million. Last year the train was towed to North Carolina for the restoration and now that the restoration is complete, Train No. 611 will be hauling passengers on a very limited basis.
On Sunday June 14, 2015 you can ride the newly restored J Class steam locomotive, Train No. 611 from Lynchburg to Petersburg. The train will depart at about 7:30am and will arrive in Petersburg at 12:30. About 2:30 the train will be returning to Lynchburg where it will arrive about 6:30pm.. Tickets are going fast.
Call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 434-846-1388 for a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride this famous steam powered locomotive. With your two night stay you will receive two deluxe coach tickets (subject to availability). Note: Because tickets are non-refundable and going fast, you will be charged in full when the reservation is made and the reservation is NON-REFUNDABLE. Cost for this package is $775.00 and includes two room nights in the mansion, two deluxe coach tickets (upgrades may be available for an additional costs) and a to-go breakfast on June 14 to take on the train. Taxes and gratuities are in addition to this cost. Sorry gift certificates cannot be used to book this package and this cannot be combined with any other special or discount..
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, call today to book your trip. A portion of each room night will be donated to the “Fire Up 611” campaign to help pay for the restorations of Train No. 611.
Do you love grilled cheese? Did your mom make a special grilled cheese for you? Do you accompany your grilled cheese with a bowl of soup, probably tomato? Then you want to try the food from the Cheesy Rider Food Truck.
Cheesy Rider serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade soup, plus an assortment of chips, drinks and brownies.
Taking the classic grilled cheese and elevating it with creative, but delicious, filling combinations the Cheesy Rider Food Truck is off and running! There’s more to a great grilled cheese than just cheese and bread. The perfect combination of a gooey, meltable cheese and the perfect bread, that is not too thick and doughy, are the key ingredients at the Cheesy Rider.
Sandwiches are named after historical areas in downtown Lynchburg. Their most popular item is the Garland Hill, which was inspired by turning spinach-artichoke dip into a grilled cheese sandwich. The Tinbridge Hill features cheddar, cranberry and chipotle peppers. The Diamond Hill consists of brie with fig jam and Jarlsberg. For those who like a bit of spice, try the Federal Hill, which comes with wing sauce.
Currently the only soup offered is a chunky tomato, but isn’t that the one we normally pair our grilled cheese with? Cheesy Rider is hoping to add a cold, smoky gazpacho this summer and they are tweaking their version of French onion.
Look for the blue, white and yellow food truck at the Community Market on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday between 11 until 2. On Thursday the join Lynchburg’s other food trucks at Miller Park between 11 until 3. Prices range between $6.00 to $8.50 for a grilled cheese.
We will see you there!
The James River runs through the heart of Virginia’s, and Lynchburg’s, history. During the 1700’s cabinet makers and furniture makers lived and made their wares along the James River. Recently, newly rediscovered work of colonial Richmond cabinetmakers George Donald and Thomas Arbuthnot has been studied by curators from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.
The Lynchburg Museum is proud to share it’s exhibits on significant James River objects from the 1700’s and 1800’s. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts will present a lecture discussing the new research and discoveries contained in their collection in Winston-Salem, NC. The lecture and tour, of exhibits found in our museum, will take place on Saturday, May 23rd at 3:00 pm at the Lynchburg Museum located at 901 Court Street in downtown Lynchburg, VA. The exhibit tour and lecture are free for Museum members or $10.00 for non-members. For further information call 434.455.6226.
Recently we had a luncheon at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and the theme was “Tropical” so Kathy decided to make Paradise Chicken Salad in Pineapple Boats. Basically you are making a chicken salad and serving it on the shell of the pineapple. It makes a great presentation and it is quite tasty. Typically we don’t serve lunch here at the bed and breakfast but we wanted to share this recipe with you in case you were having a brunch or luncheon party and wanted to try something different that makes a great visual statement.
- 2 fresh pineapples
- 2 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
- 3/4 cup diced celery
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons chopped chutney (we used a mango chuttney)
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 medium banana, sliced
- 1/3 cup salted peanuts
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 11 oz. can mandarin orange segments, chilled and drained
Select firm pineapples with fresh green leaves. To prepare pineapple boats, first remove any brown leaves from the top by pulling them out. With a sharp knife, cut pineapple in half lengthwise through the green top. Then cut in half again, making 4 pieces, each with a part of the green top. Remove fruit from pineapple by cutting along curved edge with a sharp knife. Cut away eyes and fibrous core from the fruit you just cut. Cut fruit into chunks for salad. Drain pineapple shells, upside down, and the fruit on paper towels.
Combine pineapple, chicken and celery in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, chutney and curry powder. Cover each bowl and refrigerate. Just before serving, drain any juice from fruit-chicken mixture. Add banana and peanuts; toss lightly with mayonnaise mixture. Fill pineapple boats. Sprinkle each with coconut and garnish with orange segments. Note: Because some people may have an allergic reaction to peanuts we allowed each guest to sprinkle peanuts on their own serving. Likewise, some people don’t like coconut so we had a bowl of coconut that our guests could sprinkle on their serving.
When making our paradise chicken salad you can do a lot of the work the night before so that all you have to do the next morning/lunch is combine, assemble and serve.
The ladies at the luncheon loved the paradise chicken salad in pineapple boats and your guest will as well. This time of year is the perfect time for something tropical. If you really want to get into the tropical theme serve this with a pina-colada! For more recipes, check our recipe page on our website. If you will be visiting the Lynchburg area give us a call at 434-846-1388 to make your reservation or you can book on-line.
On Friday May 8, 2015 a group of former military men and women along with their families will be holding their weekly rally at the foot of Monument Terrace showing their support for our military. What is significant about this date is it represents the 700th consecutive Friday that these men and women have been here. Taking liberty with the Post Office’s motto one could say, Neither snow nor rain nor heat keeps these individuals from showing support to our troops by attending this weekly rally. Today, May 1st it was a chilly and rainy day when this photo was taken. Today’s rally was number 699.
Think about it, 700 consecutive weeks, that’s almost 14 years and they have been out there during the dog days of summer as well as the coldest and snowy days of winter. They have had to brave wind and rain and every conceivable type of weather over these 700 weeks.
The rally at Monument Terrace started at the first Gulf War and no one ever envisioned that it would last this long. In fact, it was supposed to end at the end of the first Gulf War, but then it was decided that there should never be an end to showing support for our troops so it continues today.
I am urging everyone to head downtown to the foot of Monument Terrace (Church Street and 9th Street) this Friday, May 8, 2015 from noon to 1:00pm to show their support for our troops. If you can’t stay, at least make a point to drive by and honk to show support for our troops.
The group that holds the weekly rally has a Facebook Page that I recommend everyone Like.
The inspiring rise of Monument Terrace commemorates Lynchburg citizens who fought and died in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and present day. At the base on Church Street stands the iconic doughboy statue. Many other sculptures and markers line the 139 steps and terraces all the way to the top, where a statue of a Confederate soldier stands. Across the street at the top of Monument Terrace is the old Court House which is now a museum..
When planning a trip to Lynchburg and your stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, plan on visiting Monument Terrace and if you are here on a Friday, make sure you visit between noon and 1:00pm.
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