After yoga in Alexandria yesterday at the Pure Prana studio, I made an improptu decision to visit my brother and sister-in-law outside Richmond so I could finally give them the Christmas present I've be hauling around in the Mini for them since December. Drove straight down, enjoyed dinner at a great little restaurant near their home, and left early this morning in time to make choir practice at church.
On the way home I spotted a sign pointing to the site just south of Port Royal, Virginia, of the farmhouse where John Wilkes Booth was killed. I had read about this in an interesting book called "Assasination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell. As Ms. Vowell had reported, the site is between the north and southbound lanes of Route 301, accessible only from the northbound side. After parking on the side of the road, I followed a well-worn path a short distance through the woods to a small clearing. There is no hint of the house and barn that used to be there. What I did find was the marker stone shown above. I Googled, but found no reference to the "Twenty First Century Confederate Legion". I'm guessing they were not fans of the recent Health Care initiative. Also, no clue about the significance of the pennies, other than they have Lincoln on them and were mostly facedown.