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Day 5 consisted of driving from NJ to La Plata, MD.  Of course, when we got up last Thursday morning we weren’t sure how far we would make it driving, and there was an equal chance that we would make it all the way home in one day much as we did when we drove to NJ.  However, breakfast and late goodbyes got us on the road home to VA later than we left to head to NJ.  Then there was traffic to contend with.  Traffic, traffic, traffic.  I moved out of NJ in 1996 (wow! 19 years ago…now I feel old) and couldn’t stand the traffic then, it is much worse now.  We made our way down the NJ Turnpike but the Delaware Memorial Bridge surprise, surprise had a backup on it.  Getting to Delaware we stopped off a Cabela’s to stretch our legs.  We got back on the road after lunch but ran into lovely traffic right around Annapolis, MD.  By the time we hit Waldorf, I was tired of moron drivers and needed a break.  Not far down the road was the afore mentioned La Plata where a Best Western provided us refuge.

Day 6 saw us take a little detour and visit George Washington Birthplace National Monument.  Part of the park rests along Pope’s Creek and another part provides access to the Potomac River.  The Potomac River Beach is smallish and currently being worked on but I was more interested in exploring the historic areas.

Me by the entrance sign - also, I am not in fact Batman but the JollyHistorian!

Me by the entrance sign – also, I am not in fact Batman but the JollyHistorian!

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With no picture or architectural drawings, in 1926 Congress authorized the construction of a replica of the house in which George Washington was born.  At the time the site was managed by the Wakefield National Memorial Association and a generic plantation home was designed and built.  The spot of the actual birthplace home was partially excavated in 1930 and fully excavated in 1936 and again in 1974.  So there is a generic plantation “memorial home” to visit and an outline of the actual home discovered by archeologists in the 1930s.  Overall, it is a neat place to visit and an interesting lesson on preservation and public memory (or guesswork, you decide).

So ended the Week of Wanderings as Day 7 consisted of resting up and preparing to return to work the next day for Mrs. Historian (AJ) and myself.

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