We spent a nice day in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.
We've also been to Blue Ball (named for the Blue Ball Hotel), Bird-in-Hand, Fertility, Paradise, Smoketown, and Honey Creek.
We have not been able to visit Mars (far out!), Hershey (sorry we missed this!), Bath Addition (say what?), Climax (not near Intercourse), Echo (echo, echo, echo) Virginville (population 309), Clyde No. 3 (this is my other brother Clyde?), or Lake in the Clouds (sounds like a gravity problem).
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Our new friends G & L took us to the Shady Maple Smorgasbord to get a taste of Pennsylvania Dutch foods.
The delicacies included:
In addition to the food, the gift store had all kinds of fun things including many locally produced items. The most impressive thing was the wood carving pictures, some of which were ten feet wide.
It's difficult to tell from pictures, but these are 3D with a great deal of depth. The two angles and close up below give you some idea:
Imagine the time it took to do these! Artist Abner K. Zook was an amazing craftsman!
Image Credits: © Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Wikimedia Commons, Paul H. Byerly
We were wandering around a small town near Richmond, VA doing some geocaching when we came on this beautiful and well kept old home.
The magnolia tree down the street was almost as old, but not in nearly as good a shape. It's still impressive, but much of it is rotted and it looks like a good storm could take it down.
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We are parked not far from Fort Pickett, which is a major firing training range. Soldiers come from all over to blow things up here. And to drive tanks across the road from time to time.
So far we've heard only 50 cal fire. I'm told the tanks shake the house when they get going.
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Woodruff's Cafe & Pie Shop: It's hard to beat freshly baked pies - especially with a case full of choices!
It started sixty-five years ago as a place for local kids to get out of the rain while they waited for the school bus on Hwy 130 in Monroe VA. But James Earl Woodruff thought it could be more. James and his wife Mary Fannie started the general store in 1952.
The family has long solid Christian roots, and they have always been about helping others. Building a bus stop was one expression of this. The family also sheltered abused wives and provided groceries for those who could not pay.
The pies came later. And oh what wonderful pies!
The store was closed in 1982. Then in 1998 Angela Scott, one of the couple's twin girls, reopened it as a home-cooked deli and bakery. It was tough going at first, but then the September 2013 issue of Southern Living declared the shop's apple pie "the best pie ever." Today people drive from all over to this pie shop in the middle of nowhere.
You can get a whole pie to go, but it's must better to get a slice and have a seat at Mary Woodruff's. At 99½ years young, Mary doesn't bake anymore, but she has clear memories of the past and she tells wonderful stories. If she learns you're from a long way away, she will ask you to sign her guestbook. Being from Washington State we were asked to sign - right below a recent visitor from Australia.
Thanks, Steve and Ellen for introducing us to a wonderful bit of local culture/history!
Image Credits: © Paul H. Byerly