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04 April 2006 - Tuesday

†††† Early this morning we noticed a black sedan enter the parking lot and stop near the van.We peeked out the windows and could see the driver was really interested in the van.It must have been quite a strange sight as the top was up and he had probably not seen anything like it before.Soon another vehicle can in and parked next the camper. Now two men were standing outside looking us over.As it appeared that an encounter might be eminent Fred got out and approached them.He explained that we had permission from Mr. McCloud to park there.Apparently they were waiting for their car pool rides and this is were they parked each day, and all they wanted to know was whether they had woken us up.Either way it surely was something different in their usual workday to see the unique Sportsmobile camped out in their parking spots!

†††† We started the day by driving west out VirginiaRoute 53to look for the Joseph C. Scruggs home site.We stopped at the Cunningham Methodist Church where we found the gravestone of our great-granduncle James E. Scruggs.

Cunningham Methodist Church

James E. Scruggs headstone

†††† At a likely location we turned off the main road onto a driveway and took it back to a farmhouse where we found Jerry, the property manager.We asked whether there were any family burial sites on the property in the hopes that we would be lucky and find the graves of our ggg-grandparents Joseph and Fanny Sheperd Scruggs.Jerry advised us that he knew of two such places and would take us to them.Off we went down faintly rutted trails over hills and through, meadows until we spotted a copse of trees that signified we had arrived at the first site.We investigated the area where we found an old rusted wire fence that had been erected to protect the area. Unfortunately we did not find any grave markers, and as such believe this place to be a possible burial ground of slaves.At the second site we did find the grave marker of a Civil War Veteran named Reavis D. Bragg.He not being any known kin to us we abandoned the search and drove to Scottsville in Albemarle County via Route 6 where we ate breakfast.Scottsville is remembered within the history of our Scruggs ancestors as the location where on April 17, 1861, just one day after Virginia seceded from the Union,James, Abram and Samuel Scruggs left home and enlisted as Privates in Company C, of the 19th Virginia Infantry Regiment that was also known as the "Scottsville Guards".††††† From here we moved on southwest into

Nelson County were we had planned to search out

the home site of our gggg-grandfather and Revolutionary War patriot, Samuel Scott Scruggs.

††††† Nelson County is also the location of Waltonís Mountain made famous by Earl Hamner who wrote about the fictitious Walton Family in his books and on his television series, both which were inspired by his boyhood in the Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.As luck would have it we spotted the County Visitorís Center located on U.S. Route 29 in the county seat, Lovingston.Here we obtained good maps and directions that helped us to locate the aforementioned Scruggs home site.The county library was housed within the same building so we were able to examine their genealogical collection where we obtained some worthwhile information that may assist us in solving a family mystery concerning a non-paternity event that possibly occurred in our Scruggs line at the time they were residing within this county.For more information see the Samuel Scott Scruggs DNA Page on our website.†† Prior to leaving the library we promised to send them our family history data on the Scruggs family of Nelson county.

††††† Using our new maps we were able to follow the local roads through the hollows along Rockfish Creek until we finally came upon tiny village of Rockfish, a place also known to fans of The Waltonís.†† Soon we were upon the convergence of the Rockfish and Dutch Creeks where we walked the property, took pictures, and tried to image how it was over 200 years ago.

Samuel S. Scruggs, Sr. home site, Nelson Co., VA

Subsequently we drove back up Route 6 to Rockfish Gap and into the Shenandoah Valley at Interstate 64.We then headed south on Interstate 81 to exit 101, a distance of about 120 miles.It was a long day and Claytor Lake State Park where we camped overnight for $20.It was here that we cooked our first real dinner.Tom made chicken breasts that he wrapped in foil and placed on the gas grill.The dinner also included canned peas, carrots and seasoned rice. Topped it off with an apple we shared.The next morning when we awoke we noticed another van near us that was equipped with the Sportsmobile pop-top.It was an older vehicle that had apparently been sent to the factory to have the top and some cabinets installed.†† We rated the Claytor Lake Park as average with a 3.

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