After leaving Wayne in Scranton we set off for Petersburg, Virginia. We needed to look for an apartment anyway, so we decided we’d like to spend the weekend with our friends, Christopher and Amelia, in Southern Virginia before scouring the DC housing market. We were surprised that Petersburg had far more to offer then just good company. We toured one of only six churches in the United States with all of it’s stained glass windows made by Tiffany Co. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but the church was lovely and situated on the grounds of the second largest cemetery in Virginia.
Next we headed off to Petersburg National Battlefield where the Union sieged Petersburg for about ten months at the end of the Civil War. We were able to see where some of the most pivotal moments of that battle took place (including the Battle of the Crater) as well as the front lines.
After an authentically delicious barbeque lunch and a short nap, we headed to an antique tractor museum. Lincoln loved it, of course. There were hundreds of antique (but completely restored) tractors and many trucks as well. Lincoln wasn’t allowed to climb on the tractors, but the nice lady at the front desk let slip that that rule wasn’t strictly enforced on two tractors displayed outside.
On Sunday we went to Church in the morning and were hoping to attend a tractor pull a man at the museum had told us about (we think… he was pretty hard to understand) but it ended up being too far away. Instead we saw the most amazing tree. It is the second largest “cucumber” tree in the United States (but only by an inch or so in the diameter of it's trunk). It was pretty cool. Behind the tree was a museum with a very long winded tour guide, but it was interesting nonetheless.
We were bummed we had to spend all our time Monday and Tuesday in DC when we still wanted to hang out with Christopher and Amelia! We’re happy we’ll get to hang out more when we move down there!