The more I travel through my home state and surrounding states, I am finding that it is hard to stand anywhere and not be on or near a location of some historic significance. So many have gone before us, so many years have passed, so many things have happened.
After spending the night with friends in Stuarts Draft, Virginia, I headed south on Interstate 81. The view from the road was simply incredible and I couldn’t take the taunting of nature any longer. I took the nearest exit, drove about a quarter-mile down the road, and stopped the car near the entrance to a random farm. I noticed that the sign said McCormick Farm and there was another sign near it that said something about Virginia Tech.
It wasn’t until today when trying to locate this photo on a geo-map on my flickr page that I learned more about this location. According to Virginia Tech’s website, “In 1831 Cyrus McCormick invented the first reaper that revolutionized the world of agriculture. Blacksmith’s shop, gristmill, museum and scenic site at the McCormick Farm, Walnut Grove. The 634-acre farm, now known as the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center, is part of Virginia Tech University.”
As the popular rhetorical question goes: “who knew?” … I certainly didn’t. But I am glad I do now. This tidbit of information brought to you by a random stop for a quick photograph of clouds.