Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mountain Union Church

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Mount Union Church . Explore Park . Roanoke

This old church was built in the early 1800's in Botetourt County and then moved to Explore Park in the 1990's...I didn't know that I used to live near where this church originally stood! I had been to the cemetery a few times to fulfill Find-A-Grave photo can see those HERE and HERE ...I had a couple more requests to find there but never was able to find them...anywho...

(these were taken in April of this year)

I also didn't know that this church was started from Fincastle Presbyterian Church which I found out HERE in "A Partial History of Fincastle Presbyterian Church" which says this about Mount Union:

"Mountain Union Church is the daughter of the Fin-
castle Presbyterian Church. She was born on the Satur-
day before the third Sabbath in February, 1832. To this
daughter the mother gave twenty-four members, among
them a ruling elder, Mr. George McDonald, who was im-
mediately made a ruling elder in the new organization."

There were other interesting write-ups in the story...

That's about all I was able to find out on this little church but one neat thing I found was this old photo/postcard:

I think it is dated 1905? *Found on Rootsweb*

The church can be rented out now for weddings, reunions, etc...

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

HERE'S some more posts I've done on Explore Park in the's one of my favorite places for hiking around :)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 136

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The 4th of July was Christian's 20th Birthday! We didn't have a party or anything really...just caught him as he was grabbing stuff to head out the door again so this was our little impromptu celebration!

This pretty girl was visiting our backyard frequently this summer...haven't seen her in a while but recently I did see a mama deer with triplets just down the cute!

Some new sculptures were installed in Elmwood Park in Roanoke recently...I've been meaning to go over there and get some pictures of them...on the day I took this we were just running through quickly trying to get to a festival...

Awww can you stand the cuteness?! Taken at a festival downtown...

Alf sighting! Did you used to watch that show back in the 80's? We did, every week haha...we were easily entertained back then that's for sure ;)

That's my 5 this week friends and I hope you will play along too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have fun and have a great weekend!

I'm linking up with Mascha and Five on Friday

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Having Fun With Something Sparkly

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Chandelier in Black and White @ The Homestead

Chandelier in orginial colors

Chandelier in Heat Map (I think this one is fun!)

Chandelier in inverted colors (I think this one is kind of spooky!)

"Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture."
Peter York

Today I am thankful for getting Ashlyn all moved in! Ashlyn and the boys and I did a lot of the work of hauling boxes over on didn't really take too long...2 trips...and then we had time to grab some lunch at Benny's downtown...Ashlyn's treat :)

On Saturday we used Nick's truck to haul over her couch and bedroom furniture with the help of her boyfriend. She's not unpacked yet but she's getting there and she has bought some really cute things to give it her own look. Her apartment is a renovated old house built in 1900 which has been changed into 4 apartments...I love the old touches inside, such as the molding and cute little locks and windows...I haven't been back over as she's been working all week but can't wait to get over there and just walk around her cute neighborhood...wait till I show you some of the beautiful houses there!

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2 Churches

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Warm Springs Presbyterian . Warm Springs . VA

This pretty/old church was built around 1855 and right next door sits this one:

Warm Springs Episcopal Church or I've also seen it listed as Christ Episcopal Church, ca 1852...this one is now a private residence. While driving by I saw the owners out in the back doing yard work so we snuck a quick picture of the front without being too nosy! This one is my favorite...couldn't find much history on either churches but did find THIS which shows an old picture of the 2 back in 1900 and also a brief mention of a storm in 1974 that almost did the Episcopal Church in....glad to see it was saved! Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures and yes, I know it is can see I'm still struggling to keep up!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 135

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More from The Bridges/Dr. Pepper Park in Roanoke...this is the Speedy Gonzalez edition...getting Ashlyn moved this morning...

We were going to get a moving truck but thought she didn't have too much to move and the heavy stuff like bed and dressers could fit easily in Nick's truck tomorrow...

Boy were we would not believe the sea of boxes sitting here waiting to be loaded into my Explorer and her little tiny car...

This morning it will just be me and Ash and the boys moving all this...we get to pick up her keys at an hour...I see a few trips back and forth in our future...good thing her apartment is only 10 miles away!

Her friend and boyfriend will help later today when they get off work and Nick will help with his truck tomorrow when he is off...hopefully by tomorrow it will just be the bed and dressers...I better get going! We have a busy day ahead!!

That's my 5 this week and I hope you will join in too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others!! Have a super weekend :)

I'm linking up with Mascha's Weekend Green & Five on Friday

P.S. Thank you so much for linking up last week and I apologize for not getting around to visit everyone's been a busy week with getting things ready for Ashlyn's move and other clean-ups but I will get to you eventually, I pinky promise!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Stairs & Shadows

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The Bridges/Dr. Pepper Park . Roanoke

Today I am thankful for getting an overwhelming task there a mess in your house that needs to be cleaned up but everytime you look at it you just don't know where to start? That's been the story of my computer room...yuck! It's a big/odd space and my computer is just in the corner and junk that doesn't have a home gets piled around it. I've been wanting to make the space my workout room. Nick ordered a tv for in here for my workout dvd's and I cleaned and rearranged where my computer was! I'm sitting here in a nice and clean space and in a day or two my workout area will be finished! Yay!

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Roanoke Fruit & Produce

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1119 4th St SE . Roanoke

Owned and operated by the same family since 1908! That's pretty impressive! This building sits next door to yesterday's building. For more on Roanoke Fruit & Produce see their website HERE