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Wine Train to Charlottesville and Richmond VA In Search for Spirit of a New Birth USA

Updated on January 18, 2013

A Key Difference Between Europe and America

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.

Margaret Thatcher

Yes, yes, I see wisdom in what Margaret Thatcher said. "Philosphy" not history is at the root of birth of America, we like to remember as "Innovation 1776" . So we have just heard "President Lincoln's Gettysburg address recited by Johnny Cash in first part of this wine train journey to Gettysburg, PA. "Four Scores and Seven Yeas ago, Our Fathers.".

Yea, the President is talking about philosophy that created America !

But, our search for America Tomorrow is not complete until this train journey has gone to Richmond, Virginia. Today, Richmond, Virginia is a modestly prosperous city..

It is still a very historic city of course. I been there many times. I live in Northern Viginia and by driving, if there is no traffic jams on the main highway, the trip is a comfortable 2.5 hours drive from here in Fairfax, Virginia, The distance to Charlottesville, Virginia, home of University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson, is about the same distance from here as to Richmond, Virginia.

But hey, this is a mythical trip so we are not driving, remember ?

We will take the train, in fact a wonderful train, called Trans Dominion Express (TDX).

The TDX is not here yet, but many Virginians are working hard to get support and to enable TDX.

Below I give the TDX website at the link module. This websie I quite accidentally found last year.

Anyone who lives in Virginia I hope like me will support enabling TDX for all of us.

For those who live here or work her in Virginia and also for our friends, family and fellow citizens and vistitors whom we invite to visit our State and Region for eco=tourism, for education and for business alliances.

The people of this State of Virginia have been supporive of t an innovation supportive culture and knowledge economy of the 21st Century.

They have done so for many years in the past and it is my expectation that asupport will grow stronger as the primary means for healtier community and green living as we are working to strengthen here and also for America Tomorrow.

In this leg 2 of our train journey, we start at Washington DC leisurely in the morning.

We will return here at the end of the day and spend the night and do Washington Night Life at Georgetown and may be take in a theater event at the Historic Linclon Theater downtown..

TDX will take off at 8;30 AM from Union Station, and stop for half hour at Alexandria, Virginia for a crew change before heading west to Charlottesville, VA, then heading further west a bit before a stop for a change to Richmond going east as you can see in the TDX map in the photo below. It's a leisurely 3.5 hours journey. .

We will spend the afternoon leisurely at Richmond, then in the last afternoon, we get back on the TDX for trip to back to Washington DC and back to our hotel rooms in plentry of time for a leisurely meal at the dining room or at your hotel room as we can chose. That's the brief summary of this day trip to Richmond.

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Trans Dominion Expess is Coming Soon with Virginians on the go today to tomorrow !

While you are having lunch at TDX dining room, our tour guide Bob McAllister will make a brief presentatino with a slide show including a brief recitation of my own visit to Richmond which I turned into a lyrical essay.

It is a fitting introduction to your day visit to Richmond that has been arranged along with a slide show presentation from My Memory Book Virginia 1864.

I have included an old folk song sung by Joan Baez about the memory of Civil War that still remains in the minds of some who live here in Virginia . Richmond, Virginia was then the Capital of Confederacy during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Here is a brief transcript of Bob McAllister's Recitation. He is trained dramatist and I think you will appreciate his art of recitation as much as I do. See you on the TDX to Richmond, Virginia !

" Across the street from the hotel there were a number of old brick buildings looked like old tobacco warehouses mostly now have been restored as office space. There were also a few quaint restaurants now closed this early morning, and a historic small hotel across the street.

Then there was an old State Of Virginia government building dedicated to the Virginia founding father, Thomas Jefferson. The wall of this building once must have had a wide vista from surrounding areas. But the view, now blocked by adjacent tall buildings, is a beautiful mural featuring a Jefferson sculpture and stating the Jefferson legacy as a "farmer, inventor, and statesman" as three major accomplishments in his life.

Several blocks up, I reached a marker that signified VCU campus and the entrance to the main university medical school building. I stopped to study the map that gave the identity of all of the university buildings and also the "biotech park" that I catalogued in my mind for a future trip to Richmond.

Then it happened!

I walked into history totally unexpected. My mind just simply seems explode into a different time, a different place.

Linking Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow via Arts and Scinece for Healtier Community C2C - I heard voices out of the past! I felt the Spirit of 1776!!

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There was a small building adjacent to the VCU medical school, and with an old historic marker stating it as the "Ben Johnson Auditorium". The doors were closed this early morning. But no doubt this historic location was real. I did not know then that the Virginia delegates had met here at the New Academy Theater located in this spot. The theater was to be a part of a new innovative educational institution envisioned by a French expatriate named Chevalier Alexandre Quesnay de Baurepaire.

The historic marker states that here the Virginia delegates had met in the year 1788 and ratified the Constitution of the United States. I did not recognize most of the delegate names that had signed this historic document to give America its start. Long before there was assurance of liberty, this venerated document was created 12 years after the Declaration of Independence came into existence at Philadelphia in 1776. The Constitution was signed into existence after the military battles for independence had been won in the previous twelve years.

This document was to be the web and the rock that defined a new innovative form of government that had never existed previously in the history of mankind.

I recognized two names on this historic marker who had signed the document. Both names are associated with the Northern Virginia community, a scholar named George Mason and a soldier and a statesman named George Washington.

Then for a long moment, I felt that I had touched the Spirit of 1776 " .

Hallowed Ground America--Virginia 1964 - In this leg 2 of our train journey, we start at Washington DC leisurely in the morning.

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We will return here at the end of the day and spend the night and do Washington Night Life at Georgetown and may be take in a theater event at the Historic Linclon Theater downtown..

TDX will take off at 8;30 AM from Union Station, and stop for half hour at Alexandria, Virginia for a crew change before heading west to Charlottesville, VA, then heading further west a bit before a stop for a change to Richmond going east as you can see in the TDX map in the photo below. It's a leisurely 3.5 hours journey. .

We will spend the afternoon leisurely at Richmond, then in the last afternoon, we get back on the TDX for trip to back to Washington DC and back to our hotel rooms in plentry of time for a leisurely meal at the dining room or at your hotel room as we can chose. That's the brief summary of this day trip to Richmond.

Oh, I almost forgot , TDX is not here yet, but may be here someday soon as would be important and valuable to connnect the rural cmmunities in Virginia with the urban communities in a way that is beneficial economically, and for quality of life for both types of communities. Virginia is a large state relatively and awful lot of wonderful small communities that can preserve and enhance the advantage of small town living but bring the value of easy afffordable transportation that allows business, education and tourism for all.

Makes Sense ? Your comments to stimulate thougthful consderation most welcome as we go, whether you live in Virginia or elsewhere in USA . There is something for all of us iin aspirting for "future magic" in USA !

From My Memory Book of America Tomorrow - A New Birth of Freedom waits in the wing for quality of life and prosperity !

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My Link is a Rebel named Levi who survived Gettysburg and Virginia 1864 !

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Hollowed Ground America--Virginia 1864 !

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From My Memory Book Virginia 1864 !

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Your Lunch is Ready ! A Slide Presentation also ready . Presented by our Tour Guide, Bob McAllister

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Variety at Lunch Time with affordable price tag included on your tour package price ! - A message from our Chef Nicholas : "Folks Enjoy you Lunch while we push

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An Excursion Stop at Charlottesvile Just in Time for Afternoon Tea !

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" My acquaintance with George Washington is relatively new as my own education and work has mostly been in business fields having acquired degrees in engineering and business as my own life's career focus.

Thus I only knew George Washington through family visits to his home in Mt Vernon located in Northern Virginia that exists as a tourist spot. And recently through reading a book on Lafayette, whom historian considered was like a son to George Washington who had no children of his own. I had picked up this book quite accidentally. It was a Lafayette biography containing some of the authentic historically recorded correspondence between the two men.

Standing before this Ben Johnson Auditorium, voice of Lafayette rang in my mind,

"The Happiness of America is intimately connected with the happiness of all mankind; She is destined to become the safe and venerable asylum of virtue, of honesty, of tolerance, and of peaceful liberty."

Founding Father Lafayette (as quoted by Harlow Giles Unger in Lafayette, John Wiley & Sons, 2002).

The voice of scholar George Mason also came to me then.

Mason was a life long friend of George Washington I had learned recently. But political disagreement between them marked the period of the Revolutionary War in the latter part of their lives. .

Memory of Abraham Lincoln on the River Queen, Guardian of our Trial By Fire 1861-1865

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From a recent published book, "Slavery And The American Revolution" written by an English couple, I remembered it was George Mason who is credited with the statement "All men are born equal". He had boldly announced this view before an aristocratic meeting of Virginia legislators around 1775. But the Scholar was vilified for his views by the aristocratic legislators of that era. But the view was later revised by his friend, and fellow scholar, Thomas Jefferson to a more politically palatable, "All men are created equal" as recorded in the Declaration of Independence. That historic document finally was adopted after much debate by the Delegates of the first U.S. Congress meeting at Philadelphia, PA in 1776.

I lingered in front of the Ben Johnson Auditorium for a while then I picked up food from the nearby open breakfast place and returned to family and hotel room. I was then ready to leave Richmond and head westward through rural Virginia to my family visit destination.

I had heard voices out of the past in Richmond, Virginia! I had felt the Spirit of 1776!! "

I am Avi Dey, This is "America Tomorrow", Leg 02 to Richmond, Virginia.

Entering Richmond Virginia for Leg 02 for Spirit of America Tomorrow at the Capital of Virginia - I hae been there many times. Still searching for the marker wh

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