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Apr 20 2005

Biltmore Estate

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Today we toured the Biltmore Estate, another of the Vanderbilt homes. This is still owned by the Vanderbilts and is a working estate, although most of the work is with tourism. The do have a winery and some farming still in existence, but they only have about 40,000 acres left of the original 120,000 acre estate. The Biltmore is the largest privately owned house in the country, with about 250 rooms. We toured the house and the gardens which were beautiful. The tulips were in bloom. We ate at the lunch room which used to be the stable. Nicest stable we ever saw!

We spent the night at Taps RV park in Ashville. It was listed as a place with Big Rig sites in the campground guide, and the manager who checked us in said it would be no problem to get in. “Bigger rigs than yours have been in here.” Right. These people have no concept of a rig that is 65 feet long! We had to unhook the truck from the trailer and if the people in front of us had not left when they did, we would have had to back out. I hope I have learned my lesson. Don’t trust anyone who stands to make a buck if I stay in their campground. Check it yourself!

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Apr 19 2005

Salisbury, NC

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Dianna spent the day exploring the county records and library in Salisbury, NC and found several documents in her genealogy research. We spent about four hours there and then drove west about 10 miles to Mill Bridge where some of her ancestors are buried. The grave of her Revolutionary War ancestor, William Knox, was beside his parents’ grave.

She didn’t know his was there so it was a great find for her! The church was established in 1747 – years before this country was a country. Fascinating history. Spent the night at a lake resort near Conover, NC.

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Apr 18 2005

Genealogy in North Carolina

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We made it to the Raleigh, NC area so Dianna could do some genealogy research. We spent the night at an RV park very near Duke University where Lauren was initially treated. Dianna did not find much at the State Library, but it was an interesting place to visit. She has high hopes for her visit to Salisbury, NC tomorrow.

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Apr 17 2005

Four States in One Day

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Yesterday we left MA and got as far as Mountain Top, PA, between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The owner once lived in Cuba, NY (where Richard was born and lived until he was 11), once owned the hotel on Main St. and loves Cuba Cheese! The world continues to shrink!!

Today we drove from Pennsylvania, through Maryland and West Virginia and are spending the night in Petersburg, VA. We’ve enjoyed absolutely gorgeous weather, finally seeing some green lawns and green leaves on the trees. We’re sooo glad to be on our way home and back to warmer country!

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Apr 15 2005

On the Road, Again

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The trailer is packed and we are ready to leave Rhode Island/Massachusetts first thing in the morning. After 70 degrees last Sunday we have had temperatures no higher than 50 this week, but the trees are just starting to push buds so leaves can’t be far behind. Today we saw some daffodils growing along the highway. That’s the first color we have seen!

We are on our way to Raleigh, NC so Dianna can do some genealogy stuff, then to Salisbury, NC for the same reason. Then we plan to go to Ashville, NC and tour the Biltmore mansion after which we head for Chattanooga to see Darin’s family overnight. Then it’s on to Denton and home. Our route from here to Raleigh will be anything but a straight line. We plan to head west through CT, missing Hartford this time, and then across the Newburg Bridge above New York City and over to near Scranton, PA. Then south on I81 until we are into Virginia. The route through PA is pretty mountainous but we will miss all the Atlantic seaboard population centers like New Haven, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. Those areas are bad enough in a car, let alone 65 feet of truck and trailer.

Postings may be sporadic the next few days as I don’t usually bother to set up the satellite when we are just stopping overnight. More and more parks have wireless connectivity, and many of them offer it for free, so we will try to update our progress as we go.

Even with the bad weather the past two months, we have enjoyed seeing the new places here. But we are also excited about seeing our kids and grandkids again so leaving is not hard at all. In fact, we long for the day when we can spend a few weeks in some place and then move to the next whenever it suits our fancy. We really are vagabonds who love to be “on the road again”.

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Apr 13 2005

Embroidery Days

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Here is what Dianna spent the past several days working on. She finished these for Donna today.

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Apr 12 2005

Genealogy Hunt

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I’ve been doing some genealogy research for my mother-in-love since we’ve been back here. The Briggs’ are from Rhode Island so there is a lot of information about them in various places. It’s too bad it hasn’t helped unravel the mystery of all the John and Job Briggs’! She had high hopes for me to try to resolve what the professionals haven’t been able to. I went to the Newport Historical Society today as that is the area many of them are from.

Now that we’re leaving I’m finally beginning to have a better feel for where I am and how to get to where I’m going! It’s confusing countryside with no roads running NS or EW.

I was hoping to find something different from what I found at the Providence H.S. Other than a listing for the birth of John Briggs of South Kingstown in the Friends (Quaker) records and a few pages on the Coggeshalls – a line that married into the Briggs – I was unsuccessful. So, unless I make a trip to D.C. to check the National Archives there I don’t think I’m going to find anything else locally. Sorry, Mom.

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