If you spend enough time driving around Virginia, you will start to see “LOVE” signs all over the place. Just last night on the way to Daddy’s birthday, we passed one! With over eighty signs placed from the coast to the mountains and everywhere in between, it is hard to complete a trip through our fair state without encountering one or three.
I am excited to share with you that Appomattox will soon have one of our own! The soon-to-be-finished Courtland Festival Park will be its home in addition to lovely tree-lined walkways pavilions and an expanded concert stage. The design of the “LOVE” sign was chosen from among several contest entries submitted by local students and citizens hoping to showcase the history and culture of Appomattox. The final design has yet to be revealed, but we are sure to get a glimpse of the railroad and Civil War history.
Several signs can be found nearby as well. In Lynchburg, a beautiful sign can be spotted at the intersection of Concord Pike and Jefferson Street right along the James River. It highlights the walking and hiking in the area, part of the Blackwater Creek Trails system. It also shows the opportunity for biking, canoeing and skateboarding in the area. Stop by for a picture and be sure to tag #LovaVA when posting on social media!
Farmville boasts a large “LOVE” sign at the corner of North Main and Depot Streets, right in the center of town. It shows a silhouette of the High Bridge and a map of the downtown area, which includes several eateries, gift shops and the many storefronts of GreenFront Furniture. You can also catch a traveling “LOVE” sign at different events throughout Virginia.
A lot of our guests like to experience Virignia via road trip. If you stop by the Fredericksburg Welcome Center along I-95, you’ll find a sign there. This is a must-see for anyone traveling the history trails in Virignia. It was there that General McClellan turned over leadership of the Army of the Potomac to the cautious General Burnside on November 7, 1862. This was a site of great opportunity for the Union army, but ended in an embarrassing defeat over a month later. If you wish to tour the battlefield, check out Braehead Manor while you’re there. Rich in its own history as a war hospital and former host to General Robert E. Lee, it now serves as a lovely bed & breakfast, a perfect stop on your trip to Virginia.
Wherever your travels through Virginia lead you, I hope that you will carry love with you and be reminded every time you pass a LOVEworks sign along your journey: the greatest gift we can ever receive is love and it only grows the more we give it away.