Thursday, January 6, 2011

Important Anniversaries for Virginia in 2011


There is plenty to celebrate this year!

We have a few notable anniversaries/commemorations to mention and hope this will enhance your vacation or getaway planning for this wonderful new year!

150th Anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation (statewide): Virginia will be in the spotlight as the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation begins in 2011, and with good reason. More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia, by far, than in any other state. The stories of the people caught up in the cataclysmic event of their time are told at some of America’s best museums and historic sites throughout Virginia. The anniversary commemoration of the battle of First Manassas in July 2011 kicks off a four year event in Virginia. (General Jubal Early was from our Franklin County VA! Be sure and visit our Franklin County Historical Society for some interesting events this year! The museum and historical society is just 3 blocks from The Claiborne House in Rocky Mount VA)

       More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia, by far, than in any other state

75th Anniversary of Shenandoah National Park: One of America’s great natural treasures celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2011. Shenandoah National Park and its main artery, Skyline Drive, have been a favorite destination for travelers for generations. The park’s abundant wildlife, stunning vistas and beautiful landscapes are legendary. A variety of lodging and dining help make the experience nearly perfect. Added to that is a full slate of special programming by park rangers including Junior Ranger programs for kids, guided nature hikes, horseback riding, learn-to-camp programs and wildlife watching.  (The Shenandoah Valley extends down to Roanoke VA, just 19 miles from The Claiborne House B&B)

75th Anniversary of Virginia State Parks: Virginia’s State Parks began as projects of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and have since evolved into America’s finest of their kind. From Atlantic seashore to Appalachian mountains, Virginia’s 35 state parks include the best of nature, camping, fishing, boating and hiking – along with some big surprises. Some parks have high-tech conference facilities while others have lodges capable of holding extended family reunions and gatherings. At Virginia State Parks visitors can see bald eagles in the wild, attend a festival, explore a Civil War battlefield, spend the night in a yurt, go tubing on a river, explore an abandoned gold mine, go for a bike ride on 57 miles of an abandoned railroad bed, look for prehistoric sharks’ teeth or go camping with their horse. (The Claiborne House B&B is between to two Virginia State Parks 1) Smith Mountain Lake State Park, and 2) Fairystone State Park.  Both of these have swimming beaches and 84 degree water temperatures in Summer and NO SHARKS!

We hope you will also consider spending your anniversary with us here at The Claiborne House!  See our page of specials and romantic add-ons and we can surprise your sweetie with a bouquet of fresh fragrant flowers or more!


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