Monument Avenue 3 . . . . Lee and Stuart

The one statue I really wanted to see was that of Robert E. Lee.  Although I do not agree with the side he fought for, I do have admiration for his character and dignity.  I truly believe he was a gentleman soldier.  He also paid a very high price for having fought for the South . . . he had to forfeit his family Estate which was Arlington and is now the site of the National Cemetery.  Such are the spoils of war. Robert E. Lee was married to Martha Custis, a relative of George Washington.  The following excerpt was taken from the web.

Arlington House was the home of Robert E. Lee and his family for 30 years and is uniquely associated with the Washington and Custis families. George Washington Parke Custis built the house to be his home and a memorial to George Washington, his step-grandfather. It is now preserved as a memorial to General Lee, who gained the respect of Americans in both the North and the South.

Gentleman Soldier and General . ..  Robert E. Lee

There is a lot more information on this, and it is not my intent to give a history lesson, however I found it all very fascinating and there were some nuggets of history that I did not know.

The last monument on the boulevard was that of Major General J. E. B. Stuart. Pretty impressive, as were all of them actually.

Major General JEB Stuart

Lynn spied this vantage point for me.  Loved the backdrop of the church and the autumn foliage.  A beautiful day with a gorgeous sky doesn’t hurt either.

The red door on the church was very unique . . . . . can’t recall seeing that on a church before.  Definitely made you sit up and take notice.

After all this early morning exercise and fresh air, it was time for lunch.  We went to the Marriott where they had the most unique sport’s bar . . . . and of course there was some sort of game on . . . and each individual booth had a TV . . . now that is personalized service.

Key Lime Pie . .. .to die for actually.

It was a marvelous day . . . communing with nature, history and family . . . that’s about as good as it gets.

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  • Good afternoon, Carolyn,

    I came across your photographs of my home church, First English Lutheran in Richmond, Virginia, and thought you did a wonderful job of capturing its beauty!

    With your permission, I would like to include them on our Church’s new website. Your work would be a wonderful addition to display on our webpage!

    Please feel free to contact anytime.

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Caroline Heltzel

    First English Lutheran Church
    Council SecretaryReplyCancel

    • Permission granted. Please give me photographic credit and a link to my site. Once you have it posted I would love to visit the website to learn more about the history of this church. As you can tell we thoroughly enjoyed our visit thereReplyCancel

      • Caroline

        Wonderful! Of course, credit will be given where credit is due. Your name and link will appear in the caption. As we establish the new layout of our site, photographs and information will be posted. We greatly appreciate your permission to post these photos!

        If you’re ever in the city again, feel free to attend one of our Sunday services! You should hear the pipe organ play…it’s gorgeous and the acoustics in the sanctuary are perfect!

        Thanks again!

        God bless,


        • Please let me know what resolution you need. Will gladly provide it. Although I am Anglican, my Mom was Lutheran and we sent our kids to Lutheran College in Camrose. Plan to revisit the area . . . .didn’t get enough the first time.ReplyCancel

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