We will meet at Rivanna Ridge Shopping Center & caravan/carpool north on Rt. 20 about 28 miles to our first stop - the Montpelier Train Depot. From there we'll take the loop trail across the road, to the reconstructed Confederate winter camp, then to the Gilmore Cabin, home of a free man of color built at the end of the Civil War. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/25/AR2010022505232.html
From there, we'll proceed to Montpelier's visitor center parking lot. After an inside pit stop, we'll begin the 5 mile hike through a variety of landscapes: quiet groves of old growth oak and tulip trees, meadows and pastures, and along the race course to the slave cemetery and Madison family burial ground - an approximate 90 minute easy hike. http://www.montpelier.org
Some may choose to tour the house on their own after the hike. (Ticket about $22.00.) The beautiful grounds and archaeological slave cabin excavation sites are free.
OPTIONAL: Afterward, we'll head to the famous Exchange BBQ in Gordonsville for late lunch. There are also plenty of vegetarian options. See menu at: http://www.bbqex.com/kitchen.html .
Next door is the allegedly haunted Exchange Hotel, a Civil War receiving hospital, that is well worth a visit. (Ticket $10.00/no charge to walk the grounds, which have great signage.)
MEETING PLACE: N.E. corner of parking lot, end of lot opposite Stix Kebab. Look for my red KIA wagon, license ZEATTLE.
Please pay your carpool driver a few dollars for fuel.
Guesstimate return to Pantops: around 3:00pm. We are flexible: participants can deviate from the hike at any time.
Please, no last minute cancellations. If running late, CALL OR TEXT ME at[masked]. No emails or MeetUp messages after 8:00am.
Please be sure have your photo posted by day of hike.
Can't wait to see you for a fun day.