No better place to begin my vacation blog posts from than the Williamsburg Public Library in Williamsburg, VA! Let me backtrack a bit to the journey that got us here.
Montpelier, the long-time home of James and Dolly Madison is located on a narrow, winding, road in Virginia country-side. Several years ago when we toured Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (located in the area), Montpelier was in the beginning phases of being renovated and restored. It is still a work in progress, but is now open for tours while research continues. On a weekly basis, new items are being discovered and authenticated and added to the homestead. Just the day before we arrived, silver plate was added to the dining table and only last month authentic period wallpaper and carpet finished the dining room decor. Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside the mansion.
The house, where James was born and grew up, went through numerous expansions during his lifetime. At one time it was a duplex being lived in by James and his new bride Dolly on one side, and his parents on the other side. Later, after his two-term stent as President it was transformed into a single family home fit for a past President of the United States of America to entertain guests in!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown