April is a great time to enjoy the beautiful spring through hikes or family picnics, especially in Virginia. If you’re looking for a beautiful park with great history, visit Hungry Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia. Along with beautiful scenery, the park has swimming, camping, cabin rentals, boat rentals and a conference center. It also has a great history; legend has it that when Native Americans destroyed several settlements on the New River south of the park, a woman named Molly and her small child were among the survivors. They wandered through the wild eating berries, but Molly was too weak and collapsed, while her child continued down the creek to find help. The only words her child could say were “Hungry Mother”, and that is how the state park got its name. Don’t be stuck inside all spring. Visit Virginia and explore the Hungry Mother State Park for yourself. For more information, visit the website.
Take a step back in time by visiting Whippoorwill Village. You can tour a one-room school house, a replica of Daniel Boone’s cabin, a blacksmith’s shop, and more. They hold several events throughout the year. The next event will be Daniel Boone Day on the second Saturday in May. The village will be opening in April and will remain open through December on Saturdays and Sundays, but they also take appointments if needed. This is a fun family outing and admission is free, so bring your friends and family and experience what it was like to live without today’s technology.
History? Yes, please! The Hale-Wilkinson Carter Home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Hillsville Historic District. The home was originally constructed in 1845, but was extensively modified in 1924. The building is currently undergoing renovation, but frequently accommodates social events. The home specializes in weddings, luncheons and other meetings of the sort. Tours are available. The home is open from 1pm to 4pm daily.
It’s not very often that beautiful historic buildings and sites are put to use for productive modern day use. The Palmer Mill Playhouse in Saltville of Smyth County, VA is a rustic mill that houses working mechanisms from the oldest Plantation style mill in Washington County, Virginia and presents theater plays to the local community. The plays often invite the community to participate and have included performances such as Steel Magnolias, Everybody Loves Opal, and Annie.
Scene from "Everybody Loves Opal" in the old mill
If you’re in the area, visit this website to see performances and times: http://palmermill.com/thepalmermill.html
Washing D.C. is not the only city with historic monuments. In Carroll County, Virginia, the Confederate Monument stands 21 feet tall and is made of zinc. This monument was unveiled on July 4, 1907 and has been in Carroll County ever since. It is located on the lawn of the Carroll Courthouse, although it originally stood in the middle of Main Street. With so much rich history, how could you not visit Carroll County? For contact information, visit the website.
If creativity is what you’re looking for, then head to North Carolina and let the Foothills Arts Council inspire you with art. Located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine region, the Foothills Arts Council is home to several cultural groups, such as the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild. The Foothills Arts Council wants to enrich the lives of Yadkin Valley residents through visual and performing arts, and in order to do this the council offers several workshops. Some of these workshops include quilting, nature poetry and painting without brushes. If you’re looking for something fun and different to do while visiting North Carolina, head to the Foothills Arts Council and get creative. For more information, visit this website.
The Patrick County Courthouse was built in 1859 and is located on Main Street in Stuart, Virginia. The Patrick County Courthouse was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Vietnam memorials are also located on the courthouse’s property. The building is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.