Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

October 16, 2011

A Mini-Vacation in Ohio



     Marietta, Ohio. Gallipolis, Ohio. Chasing down the 1790s history of the French 500 who were the founding settlers of Gallipolis. They arrived at their new home on October 17, 1792.

     On Thursday, October 13, 2011, my husband Monte and I left our Southwestern Pennsylvania for a mini-vacation. It included visiting sites included in my historic romance novel, doing research, and rest/relaxation and visiting my son’s family to watch the grandsons play hockey and soccer.

     On Thursday we traveled Rt. 7 in Ohio, which follows closely along the Ohio River. We  visited the Fly, Ohio, ferry site (had we had time we could have ridden it across the Ohio River into Sistersville, West Virginia) and the Rufus Putnam House.

     Friday found us seeking a breakfast spot in Gallipolis. We transported ourselves out of the 1790s into the 1950s when we discovered the Parkfront Diner, a throwback to that era—décor, pictures, and music.

     We made our way to the Gallipolis Historical Society for several hours, where I listened to Monte’s conversation with Mary Lee (who opened the site so we could do some research) and scanning/photographing materials which will prove helpful in my writing.

     From there we drove to the river’s edge, examining and photographing it for my research record. We checked out the park which is claimed to be the site of the first Gallipolis settlement, and checked out a few houses.

     Mary Lee had encouraged us to visit Mound Cemetery. She told us we wouldn’t regret it. She was correct.

     The drive into the cemetery took us up a steep hill that made us wonder how funeral processions could get there in the winter. At the top there was a tremendous view of the Ohio River, Gallipolis, and the surrounding countryside, including a huge farm on the West Virginia side of the river. We watched a barge make its way downriver.

     The weather these two days was good to us. Nice, autumn weather. However, at the top of the hill I had to remove my hat or the wind would have done it for me.

     We left the cemetery and Gallipolis and headed to Cleveland Heights. We had planned to visit our son and his family on Saturday, wanting to watch them in their sports at least once during the season.

     In Cleveland Heights the weather was not so kind. It was cold and windy. We spent a couple of hours in a chilly ice rink watching, with amazement and amusement as our two grandsons, five and seven, practiced their hockey and the older one played a game.  No sooner was hockey finished that we were off to the soccer field. Brrr. We weren’t dressed for this! I borrowed a blanket from Linda, Nolan’s mother in law, during a break in the games, at which time Monte retrieved a blanket from our car. In spite of being chilled, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the skills of the boys on the ice and on the soccer field. They are a delight to be with.

     That evening we hopped in two cars and headed east to a farm for a hay ride and bon fire, over which we made S’mores. It was a Mom’s group that went—Monte and I were the token grandparents.

     The evening over, we were all glad to collapse in bed.

     On Sunday we attended Church of the Savior on Lee Road, after which Monte and I headed home while Nolan and Tammy headed out to their planned activities. On the way home we stopped at the Outlet Stores in Grove City for less than an hour, then in Slippery Rock to check a furnace problem for our tenants. Dinner was at Monte’s favorite restaurant—Cici’s Pizza—in Butler, where we found a Michael’s Craft Store so I could get a couple of photograph mats.

     We arrived home in mid-evening, and spent Monday recuperating. We covered over xxx miles in the weekend, but a great time was had by both of us.


The Rufus Putnam House in Marietta, Ohio

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