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TRAVEL DAY - 57.4 miles


Another less than average travel day distance for us

Before leaving Virginia and crossing into North Carolina we pulled over to visit the historic Pucket Cabin along side the Parkway. An additional treat was there were a half dozen wild turkey visiting at the same time.

Doughton Park was another short three day layover stop for us on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was also during Tricia's work time so not much sightseeing was done here. We did manage a visit to the one of the many historic cabins located just a couple miles back up the Parkway from the campsite.

Brinegar Cabin was built in 1876 and restored by the National Park Service to be used as an interpretive center to demonstrate what middle class Appalachian farming and family life was like from 1885 to 1935. It was closed while we were there but we still were able to walk around the property and take pictures. This is a free flowing mountain spring on the property were cold fresh water comes right out of the rock face. The Brinegar's built a wooden structure over and around the spring, then used it as a year round drinking water source and as a refrigerator to keep milk, eggs and produce cold, often putting the items directly into the stream of water.

Here are a few of the pictures we took while visiting this restored cabin.


The Brinegar's fenced in garden area near the modern day parking lot
A look inside of the bare garden, we saw them removing the planter beds for the winter the day before these photos were taken
Another look inside the garden
Approaching the rear of the cabin as seen from the garden gate
The cabin and the pantry building in the background
A closer look at the pantry building
The front porch of the Brinegar Cabin
A look inside of the cabin's front window
Yet another look inside of another window
A peek inside the side window of the cabin
Some of the park service's interpretive displays
The Spring House that covers the natural spring
Water flowing right out of the rocks
The refrigerator side of the spring house
A view from the Spring House up to the main cabin

Until next time

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