Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We ended our day with a visit to the campus of Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista. This institution is called by the some "BYU of Virginia" because fo the LDS influence within the faculty and the student body. It was originally a woman's college, helping its students qualify for teaching positions in the public and private schools system.
We had an enjoyable time looking about the interior of this old main building on the campus and talking with some of the faculty.
This statue in front depicts the putting on of the "Whole Armor of God."

After lunch with the Hodge's in downtown Lexington they took us to the nearby P. Buckley Moss Museum where the famous artist P. Buckley Moss has many of here paintings and other artistic creations on display.
Sue Hodge is an enthusiastic collector of P. Buckley Moss's work. Linda has fallen in love with her work also. It is very, very distinctive and immediatley recognizable.
We had a relaxing and most interesting and enjoyable visit at this museum, admiring this famous artist's wonderful prints and learning more about her life and her personality.

Another view of buildings that a part of the Washington & Lee University campus in Lexington, Virginia.

Immediately adjoining the VMI campus is the campus of Washington and Lee University. Originally known as Washington College, named for George Washington, but later re-named to honor both President Washington and the Confederacy's greatest general, Robert E. Lee.
Robert E Lee is buried here on this campus. After the Civil War he resided here in Lexington and was a beloved professor on the faculty of this University which now bears his name.

We were permitted to view the interior of the chapel assembly hall on the campus of VMI. The large mural is a civil war battle scene. The flags of the various southern states are drapped above.
That is Sue Hodge in the forground.

VMI cadets wear an all-white uniform as they attend normal duties and classes. Some are seen here on the campus next to a war memorial erected in honor of those cadets who fought and died in a particular battle during the Civil War.
General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was a member of the faculty of VMI at the beginning of the Civil War and was the leader of a corps of these very young cadets in the early days of the war. Most were in their teens. It puts you in mind of the "Stripling Warriors" spoken of in the Book of Mormon. They were very young, but very brave, executing all commands with exactness.

A squad of VMI cadets came running past us in exercise formation; their squad leader counting out the cadence and the squad shouting out in unison as they jogged by.
You will note a female cadet in the ranks. VMI, for many, many years only allowed males admission, but in keeping with other military schools it is now a co-ed institution. We saw numerous female cadets in uniform walking about the campus during our short visit.

One of our most interesting places to visit during our day trip with Elmer and Sue Hodge, May 3, was to the historic Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia.
This is a view of the parade ground with the VMI barracks in the background.

Here is another view of the Hodge home in Vinton, taken the day of our excursion trip with Elmer and Sue, May 3.

Elmer and Sue Hodge invited us for a day trip to sites of our choice this past Monday, May3. It was a delightful day!
The very first place we asked to visit was to see the home in Vinton, Virginia (east side of Roanoke), they recently moved from but have not yet sold. Linda has been wanting to see this lovely home for some time! We got the grand tour! It has many nice features, beutiful tile, hardwood and carpeted floors. Many upgrades. It has been so well cared for inside and out. It sits on a cul de sac in a very nice neighborhood. In the high 300,000 range, it is priced to sell!