Cindy and I got to take a special tour of The Wayside Inn today in Middletown, Virginia. Did you know The Wayside Inn is the oldest inn in the US that has run continually since it first opened in the 1700’s? Also learned that George Washington slept here when he was 16 years old. Pretty fascinating! Please stop by and visit if you are ever in Middletown, Virginia.
Last month we were picked by The Northern Virginia Daily readers as the BEST bakery in all of Shenandoah County. Thank you to my wonderful staff: Cindy Cherry, David Yablonski, Audrie Wieber, Dylan Collins, John Price and Annabelle Shye for all of your incredibly hard work. Yay team! Thanks to my husband, Jim, and my dad, Roger Husband for all of your love and support xoxoxo
Just wanted to share with you the article in the Mountain Courier this month 😊
George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis on January 6, 1759. You can read all about their courtship (it was a short one!) and their wedding (she wore purple shoes!) right here
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863. This Executive Order gave freedom to more than 3 million slaves in the designated areas of the South. Read the full text here http://www.historynet.com/emancipation-proclamation-text
Betsy Ross was born on January 1, 1752 in Philadelphia and eventually become one of the most famous figures of the American Revolution. Did she make the very first US flag? There is still an ongoing debate as to whether she did (or didn’t) but we do know for a fact that she was a large part of Philadelphia society and had encountered many leaders of the American Revolution – especially General George Washington.
According to her grandson, Sometime in the Summer of 1776 or possibly 1777 Betsy Ross received a visit from General George Washington regarding the making of a flag for our new Nation.
Is Betsy Ross the one who finalized the design of our flag? Or was it another Philadelphia seamstress, perhaps Mary Pickersgill, who would sew the mammoth flag that was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Some say it might have even have been a New Hampshire quilting bee that made the first flag.
Regardless, Betsy Ross was in the perfect time and setting in her life and it was a time in American History when we needed patriots and heroes. Who else better to be a patriot and hero but the quiet lady seamstress from Philadelphia who is credited with finalizing the design and sewing the first U.S. flag.