CONFEDERATE FOOTSTEPS

 

PAGE TEN: MAY 14, 2011...MANASSAS TO THE LITTLE RIVER AT ALDIE

 

 

 

The Little River Inn at Aldie, Virginia where we spent the night of the 14th. Our room was on the second floor, the window at the left.

Aldie is named after Aldie Castle in Scotland.

 

 

The back of the inn from where we parked

 

 

The area behind the inn. The Little River is back in the woods.

 

 

Little cottages just beside the inn and used as part of the inn.

 

 

Looking out across the yard from the back balcony

 

 

 

Not a soul was around and so the syrup pitcher and I made ourselves at home

 

 

 

 

The old flooring

 

 

We drove down 50 a short piece to the old Aldie Mill, which Jonathon would have seen, and went inside. They

were doing a demonstration of grinding corn. They use the original French flint burrstones to grind. President James

Monroe, whose home, Oak Hill, was nearby, had his wheat ground here. The mill was built 1807-09.

 

 

From the hopper down into the grinder.

 

 

The little spots are cornmeal dust in the air from the meal pouring through the hole at the top into the bin.

 

 

Fresh-ground cornmeal

 

 

The back of the mill. It's been mostly redone here on the back side, but much of the original front remains. These are the new metal

tandem overshot waterwheels.

 

 

A part of the mill complex

 

 

 

 

The Little River just east of the mill. The 13th camped near Aldie on the Little River on October 23, 1861, but they

were all over the place between here and Leesburg just to the north for quite some time.

 

 

A flat area just across the Little River at Aldie, possibly part of their camp.

 

 

 

Then we drove north on 15 a little to the Oatlands Plantation. The Carter family owned Oatlands and Carters Mill was on their land.

There was a wedding going on when we arrived and this old police vehicle was parked nearby for people to look at.

 

 

The Oatlands plantation house. We didn't tour the house and its gardens as it was about to close and I could barely walk by then anyway.

 

 

Looking north across Oatlands property from their long driveway

 

 

Heading south on 15 back toward Aldie we parked and walked back to the bridge over Goose Creek. The 13th camped a lot on various

places on this creek. Carters Mill was in this area, just down a bit from the bridge, but it is entirely gone now. That is where Jimmie died

from typhoid pneumonia.

 

 

Goose Creek again

 

 

Land on the north bank of Goose Creek

 

 

Looking toward the south bank of Goose Creek

 

 

Near the creek

 

 

 

Heading back to Aldie. We went through Aldie and west out 50 through Dover to the edge of Middleburg as the 13th

marched that way as well.

 

 

Looking east through Aldie. This is pretty much what there is of it. The mill is down on the right just past what you can see here.

 

 

The pie safe in the small dining room in the Little River Inn. It was made by Edmund Tyler, who had been with the

8th Virginia Infantry and lived in this house. He was a cabinetmaker/undertaker and made coffins as well as cabinets.

He died in one of the front bedrooms when he was older and was buried in his Confederate uniform. Quite a few people

who have stayed in that room (directly across from where we stayed) have had encounters with his ghost, but all of them

have reported him as being very friendly.

 

 

This is Edmund's room. After breakfast on the 15th, I went upstairs by myself and laid my hands on this bed and

had a talk with God about Edmund.

 

 

The house was built around 1810 and one with a gimpy leg needs to be careful in getting about. I took this picture standing in the bathroom

looking back to the open door of our bedroom. There is a step down from the bathroom then a step up to the hall, then two steps up to the

entrance to the bedroom.  At breakfast, Tucker, the owner who cooked, was very gregarious and we talked and talked and talked about

Civil War matters.

 

ON TO PAGE ELEVEN

 

BACK TO PAGE NINE

 

BACK TO PAGE EIGHT

 

BACK TO PAGE SEVEN

 

BACK TO PAGE SIX

 

BACK TO PAGE FIVE

 

BACK TO PAGE FOUR

 

BACK TO PAGE THREE

 

BACK TO PAGE TWO

 

BACK TO PAGE ONE

 

BACK TO JO'S OTHER PLACE