I have been too busy to do a Spring Break ’08 wrap up. Also it was pretty easy to let it pass by since I work full time and take one class. The three hours that SB08! freed up was basically spent reorganizing Girl Scout cookies to fit into my stomach. They fit! Yay!

My mom came to visit and we did fancy Richmond History things, including the Valentine Museum and the John Marshall House. We hadn’t been to either place and liked both. I like house tour trivia, and the Wickham House (VM) was packed with fun pieces. The John Marshall house was also a house tour, and that was really neat. I recommend it. There was a couple in our tour group from Colorado, taking a day trip from Williamsburg. My first reaction was “to Richmond?” but Richmond does have a lot of interesting things to see crammed into a few blocks.

SP08! fun facts are:

* The John Marshall House is a thing that exists in Richmond. I didn’t know. It was included with the Court End pass that we purchased at the Valentine Museum.

*Apparently from where the house sits on Marshall street you used to be able to see the James River. Well, not you. You weren’t born yet.

* Back in the “old days” that area was called Court End, due to all the lawyers.

* JMH is the oldest brick building in Richmond.

*Polly Marshall wore a locket that had pieces of hair from both her and John tied in a knot inside of it. Aww.

* The kids in the Marshall house slept in straw-stuffed mattresses on top of ropes that had to be tightened to keep proper support, and supposedly that style of bed is where the “good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” bit came from.

*I won’t give away all the good parts, go see! Take your mom, take your cat, take your aunt who’s not really your aunt but you call her “aunt” anyway. She wants to go.