I went to the VMFA last week to see the Natural Bridge exhibit before it closed on August 1. Thomas Jefferson was a big fan of the Natural Bridge and encouraged artists from Europe to come to America to paint the bridge and Niagara Falls, two of his favorite places. I enjoyed the paintings and the history of the natural formation. Despite the heat, which wasn't as bad as in previous days, I walked around the grounds for a bit. I was impressed by the way they'd use the sweeping landscape and made small areas of retreat available throughout the campus. The images below are about those spaces.
I also did a walkabout in the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Fascinating place with lots of stuff. I will have to go back because I only had a short time to walkabout. They are also constructing new parts of the museum and I look forward to seeing the changes.
Between those two places is a white blockhouse building surrounded by orange tape, orange cones, and "No Trespassing" signs. Turns out the building is the headquarters for an organization that venerates "The Lost Cause," the KKK, and believes that most enslaved people were happy. Sad. Really sad. Here comes the hate mail.