Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wednesday, the 9th day of September, in the late hours of the morning, the journey began. An oil change was absolutely necessary before our long awaited departure, so when that procedure was accomplished, luggage was loaded, and we split up into two vehicles to make our way to the great Eastern state, of Virginia. Mountains would be crossed and three states would be passed through before we reached our destination. Jess, Grace and Em rode with me, while the rest of the family piled into the other car. After saying one last farewell to our dear friend Melinda as we passed through Downs, we were on our way.

Chillicothe, OH just happened to be a little town that we would pass through. It also happens to be the town where my great-great-great-great-grandparents are buried in. When they came over to this country from Scotland, they settled in this small town. My dad found out where they were buried the day we left, and so naturally we stopped there. Our first night out, we stayed over in Charleston, WV and as soon as we settled into our "home" in Williamsburg, we went out for dinner. As usual, there were many pictures taken, so this post is from our two travel days. Next post will have Colonial Williamsburg!

Day one...just on the road...all smiles!
Photo Credit: Jess

Reading the names and dates on the stone.

Em towering beside the tower.

His expression tells us that he doesn't like to be wakened from a nap, or his shirt is un-tucked...or maybe both!

Dad took down all the information to put in our family tree binder.

Mom and girls strolling through the cemetery grounds.

The McKids in the bathroom mirror at the hotel. Em wasn't sure which side to get on....

Two giants among, boys.

The perils of the road are not always foreseen...then again, neither are the perils of a parking lot.

Hehe...that's better.
Photo credit for these two: Jess

Hey Christa! Do you recognize this place?

How 'bout now?
Photo Credit for these two: Caleb

My dahlin' parents love the mountains.

Mom and the lil' girls stop for a photo.

Jess and mom.

Caleb is quite proud of the fact that he's taller than mom.

My brother...can't believe he'll be 13 on Sunday. Come to think of it, I can't believe how old that makes me!

Our lovely "home" for the week, or the second story at any rate.

"Time. Where do you go...."

Mirror images.

One of the bedrooms.

"Swords! Daggers! Napoleon!!!" William is trying to think happy thoughts in order to fly.

The magician at the tavern was fascinating...still can't figure out how he got those potatoes and oranges under his cups.

A Scottish fiddler playing "Flora MacDonald's Lament" to close the evening.
Stayed tuned for the following post!


  1. aww! looks like a great time! I bet you had a blast on the drive down there! :)

  2. I think it's wonderful that you are able to keep a detailed track of your ancestry! I know somewhat about mine...but haven't visited all the locations.

    I recall Mrs. Chancey writing on her blog about checking on the mausoleum of your ancestors at the Brompton Cemetery. It looks and sounds so fascinating!


  3. Hello Tiffany!
    I just love reading your blog, and hearing and seeing :) all your fun adventures! It looks like you all had a great time in the mountains :)
    Miss you! God Bless~
    love tayla maira

  4. I still can't either! :D lol

  5. Great shots Tiff, Jess and Caleb! Time goes to Los Angeles, your photo proves it. Happy birthday Caleb!! Welcome to the Teen Years.

    Can't wait for the next post!

  6. Amanda,

    The drive up was a blast...then again, most of our road trips are. :)


    It has been so much fun to research our family history. We have tons of information on my dad's side, and letters from James I (my dad's the V) to his son. Fascinating history and family dynamics. Pictures too! :)

    Ahhhh, yes, the Brompton mausoleum. My dad's been there a few times, and Jennie looked in on it for us when she was day I'll go myself! ;)


    How are you!?!?!? I saw the pictures from the wedding on the Thomases was lovely! We did have fun driving through the mountains and hope to vacation in VA every year. :) Miss you! Love ya!!!

    Abby, least I'm not the only one! :D

    Mr. H.,

    Good company, two days in the car and a handy camera make for some fun photos. :) Can't wait to see y'all!

  7. Wish I could have been there!!! Miss you and love you!! Down to 2 1/2 months till I see you all...


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