When last we chatted, I told you of our Thursday outing to Wheeling and Pittsburgh. The next evening they were due to fly back to Chicago so we had a morning to explore a bit more. As I said, Linda loves history. This is the 100-year anniversary of Mother’s Day and we are less than 25 miles from the Anna Jarvis House, the Mother’s Day Shrine, and the first land battle of the Civil War. There is also a tie to this battle and the Jarvis house.On the way to Webster (small unincorporated town where the Jarvis house is located), we stopped at the Humane Society to donate the bags of dog food, cat food, and litter the girls purchased for them. Then over to Rt 279 to US 50 East to Pruntytown where US Rt 250 parts company with US Rt 50. Webster, and the Jarvis house, are right on US Rt 250. During the Battle of Philippi, General George McClellan made his headquarters in the Jarvis house and those rooms have been restored as such. The $5 donation is well worth it. Then on to Philippi to the covered bridge that was the prize in that first land battle of the Civil War. Yes, it still stands and you drive across it to go to Philippi. We had lunch at the Medallion in Philippi, a nice but not fancy restaurant with good food.

There are celebrations planned – high tea at the Mother’s Day Shrine May 3 and a special program at the Jarvis House on May 10. Mother’s Day weekend, we only have one room available but allow me to recommend the Covered Bridge Bed & Breakfast in Philippi as an alternate. They are located behind the Courthouse, one block from US Rt 250.

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