The Historic Wayside Inn

The Historic Wayside Inn
Sign for the Wayside Inn, 7783 Main Street (U.S. Route 11) in Middletown, Virginia. This establishment first opened in 1797 and was known as Wilkenson’s Tavern. Jacob Larrick bought the inn and renamed it Larrick’s Hotel, after himself. In the early 1900s, a new owner expanded and modernized the hotel and called it the Wayside Inn. Today it’s owned and operated by Becky and George Reeves.

The Hotel Strasburg

Neon sign for the Hotel Strasburg, 213 South Holliday Street in Strasburg, Virginia. The hotel was originally built in 1902 as a private hospital run by Dr. M.R. Bruin. In the 1970s, it was converted to a hotel.

The Hotel Strasburg
The Hotel Strasburg, 213 South Holliday Street in Strasburg, Virginia. I believe it was designed in Second Empire style.

Triangle Diner in Winchester, Virginia

Triangle Diner, at 27 W. Gerrard Street in Winchester, Virginia, is a 1948 O’Mahony with a stainless steel exterior and a storied history. Though currently closed, the Triangle Diner employed future country music star Patsy Cline in the early 1950s. Unlike many diners, it has sat at the same intersection since it opened. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

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Burden of Time

Henry and Melissa Denison

Memorial for Henry (1822-1882) and Melissa (1828-1915) Denison and two of their five children in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. Dr. Henry De La Maitre Denison was a trained surgeon and industrialist who built railroads and canals. One son, Henry, died at the age of three and a daughter, Florence, at one year and nine months.

At first glance, this beautifully serine statue depicts a mother and her departed children, but look a little closer. These well-fed but hungry children are literally pulling off her tunic and staring at what they hope will be the source of their next meal. This is clearly meant to be a metaphor for nourishing motherhood, but I wonder if this scenario was born in the sculptor’s imagination, or whether the family specifically requested it.

Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.

When She is Mute

Olive Belden Wigglesworth (1874-1909)

A relief sculpture of a woman and child in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. This striking neoclassical relief is dedicated to Olive Belden Wigglesworth, who died at the age of 35. The inscription above her head, “Ad Rem”, means “to the point (or purpose)” or “relevant”.

Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.

Where Stone is Unscarred

Mary King Wheeler (1828-1876)

Wreath carved on the white marble headstone for Mary King Wheeler (1828-1876), wife of William A. Wheeler (1819-1887), a Republican US Congressman and vice president under President Rutherford B. Hayes, in Morningside Cemetery off Raymond Street and U.S. Route 11 in the town of Malone, Franklin County, New York. It’s incredibly detailed and must have taken a skilled hand to carve.

For Every Leaf that Falls

Maj. Gen. Edwin Vose “Bull” Sumner (1797-1863)

Memorial to Maj. Gen. Edwin Vose “Bull” Sumner (1797-1863) in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. Sumner was born in Boston and became the oldest Union general in the American Civil War. He commanded the II Corps in the Army of the Potomac and fought at several major battles, including Antietam and Fredericksburg, and earned the nickname “bull” because of a legend that a bullet bounced off his head. He died of illness in Syracuse, NY in 1863.

Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.