After a short run and good hotel breakfast, we picked Pat up and set off south on the one hour drive to Fredrickburg. This has been the the original capital of the confederation before Richmond and had 4 major battle fought in and around the town. The knowledgeable volunteer at the visitors centre provided us with a map and we set on foot to explore the historic sites.
We had coffee at Hyperion Espresso Cafe" Then went to the house built by George Washington's brother. There we took a 45 min tour, as it was set up as "Rising Sun Tavern" being its function after Washington sold it. We learnt about the origin of some common saying like "bottoms up" . Inns were regulated to be a day's horse ride apart (50 miles). Also "Ladies" rarely stayed there on their own. It provided indentured employed for young ladies to work at servants (wenches) and eventually may marry having paid off their years of service.
We passed the navel base of Quantico on the way, and had a quick trip back to drop Pat back to his College, before driving to Dulles airport and dropping the little car back. It took $15 of fuel for all our running around at about $2.15/gal,
Pat has his first lecture this evening and is required to get the bus for the 7:00 lecture.
After getting ticketed with different seats we had the "luck of the Irish", and got seated together in row 8 at the gate. The flight is a full 757-200 and is about 6 hrs for our first Atlantic crossing.