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Random thoughts

Just a few random thoughts on a hazy, lazy summer morning…

Our newspaper fielded a call last week about the walking tour in South Boston profiled in our tourism edition asking how much it cost and when did it start.

Mea culpa, perhaps, but the tour is self-guided and free of charge to anyone, and it neither starts nor stops at any particular home.

I guess you can get hold of a town map and take it from there, but I wouldn’t suggest peeping into a homeowner’s window after dark to check out the color schemes.

South Boston has a rich history of architecture as evidenced in the descriptions of homes on the walking tour owing to its heritage of tobacco and textile manufacturing, and a leisurely walk downtown reveals even more if one would only look.

The same holds true for our county seat, Halifax, and the historic courthouse, as well as a number of stately homes throughout town with interesting architecture.

Berry Hill is a classic example of the Greek revival style of architecture, and there are a number of other homes throughout the county reflective of our heritage.

 

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On another bright and personal note, my older brother, his wife and stepson from Anchorage passed through over the weekend.

His wife and stepson had never visited Virginia but were impressed with our native state.

As residents of Alaska, they’re all used to wildlife such as moose, bears, and of course those large mosquitoes that we have in common.

Gnats and honeybees, however, were another matter, and my sister-in-law gave wide berth to the insects she encountered as we dined alfresco on Sunday night.

Thank goodness she didn’t see the snake that was in my gutter a couple of weeks ago.