Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Grand Tour Stop #4

Your fourth stop on the Collector's Grand Tour is Richmond, Virginia!

Some fun facts about Richmond:

# Virginia has had 3 capital cities: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond.

# The present state capital in Richmond was also the capital of the Confederacy.

# Union Passenger Railway was the first successful electric street railway transit agency. It was formed in 1888 at Richmond.

# Patrick Henry made his "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" speech in St. John's Church in Richmond.

Some fun facts about Virginia:

# Virginia was named for England's "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I.

# The State nickname is "Old Dominion".

# 10th of the 13 original colonies, Virginia was admitted to the union June 25, 1788.

# The state motto is "Sic Semper Tyrannis". (Thus always to tyrants)

# The states of Kentucky & West Virginia were formed from sections of the state of Virginia

# Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

# Six Presidents' wives were born in Virginia: Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, Rachel Jackson, Letitia Tyler, Ellen Arthur, Edith Wilson.# President Thomas Jefferson designed his own home and called it Monticello.# George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, is located in Virginia.

# Yorktown is the site of the final victory of the American Revolution.

# Over 1/2 the battles fought in the civil war were fought in Virginia. Over 2,200 of the 4,000 battles.

# The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693.

# Virginia is the birthplace of Country Music

# Country Music Legend Patsy Cline was born in Winchester, VA on September 8th, 1932

# Wild Ponies have roamed freely on Assateague Island for centuries.# Bristol is legally two cities but they share the same main street. One in Virginia and one in Tennessee each with its own government and city services.

A Southern Recipe to share:

Fried Green Tomatoes


4 Large green tomatoes, sliced in 1/2" thick rounds (tomatoes should be firm but not hard)
2 cups buttermilk1 cup flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal (fine ground)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
3 cups of vegetable oil (for frying)


Place sliced tomatoes in a large bowl with buttermilk to soak. Mix all dry ingredients in another large bowl. Coat tomatoes with breading mixture and fry for two to three minutes on each side (or until golden brown). Place on paper towels to dry, serve with roasted garlic aioli.

Roasted Garlic Aioli


6 cloves garlic
1 cup light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
Salt and pepper (to taste)


Roast garlic in 350-degree oven until soft. In food processor, combine all ingredients until smooth.

From: Michelle's at Hanover Tavern

Grand Tour Stop #4 question is: What's the motto of Virginia?

Email your answer to collectors.contest @ (no spaces) with Grand Tour Stop #4 in the subject line.

Be sure an check out Thursday’s STOP #5 at Lucynda Storey’s and the pirate haven of New Providence in the Caribbean.

May the muses have fun stops


Anonymous Gabriella Hewitt said...

I love Virginia. I vacation every year there. Just did Shenadoah Valley and Williamsburg:) Such a beautiful state.

Thank you for visiting my TT last week. This week I am thanking my fellow TTer's. Come by and get your thanks!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Caffey said...

Hi Mechele! I love to hear the tibits and history of states! Now I want to go look up mine among others! I've never been to VA and not sure how long of a drive it is for me, but doesn't too there a commercial that says VA is for lovers? :)

10:58 PM  

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