Today we are diverging a bit from the norm, so that I can tell you about my most recent trip! I planned to tack this onto the post about Ginger Peach Oat Bars, but it got a bit long.
In some ways this post is what my blog is all about: an homage to American times past and present; using the past to inspire the future; and hopefully not making all of the same mistakes.
I visited my Grandparents in Virginia several weekends ago and I got to spend 4 wonderful days with them and my Mom who flew in from St. Louis just for the occasion!
I started visiting my Grandparents all by myself when I was 5. I would stay several weeks each summer, and my Grandmother (the aforementioned Nana) would take me all over DC. I loved the history, the artifacts, the art, and, most of all, the furniture of American times past. Nana instilled in me an intense love for America and its rich history that has never left me.
She impressed upon me the importance of being able to trace our family heritage back over 250 years to several ancestors who fought for the American cause in the Revolutionary War, which is how we are both members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Our agenda changed with each visit, but we never failed to visit the DAR Museum.
Nana has been a docent at the museum for the past 25 years, so I would get an unparalleled private tour full of as much history as my little brain could absorb!
This trip Nana picked me up at the airport and took me directly the to DAR Museum for another private tour. I even got to walk in one of the rooms! I’m not going to tell you how except that Nana’s stare is not one to be reckoned with!
The next time you visit DC you should make time between visits to the Capital and the Smithsonian to step into one of the treasures of Washington, the DAR Museum. It’s free, a docent guided tour is free, the period rooms are unparalleled, and if you go on Saturday, you might get to take a tour with my Grandmother!
And if you do, you should ask her which room is my favorite and she’ll take you down into the Oklahoma room…the kitchen.
As you can see, this is a random assortment of photos, and they are not quite the usual “DC Visit” pics. That is what I love about my visits to my Grandparents: It’s never the same. These are buildings and scenes that just struck me as beautiful.
Fun side note: this last picture is one of several stained glass windows that were taken out of the Atlanta DAR Chapter house (built in 1911) before the Chapter sold it in 2001. The house is just a few blocks from me in Atlanta and my husband and I would often walk past it and marvel at its dilapidation. It seemed to deteriorate before our eyes. I won’t bore you with all the details about the recent history and near complete collapse of the house but you can read more than you ever wanted to know here! These glass windows were in storage in DC and were recently installed for display all over the DAR Museum. They are exquisite!