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July 8, 2008

Accomac (without a "k) Weekend - Part 1

We spent the 4th at my parents house, which is just outside of Accomac (without a "k) on Virginia's beautiful Eastern Shore. Accomac (pop. 500+) is the county seat for Accomack (with a "k") county, which was formed in 1634 as one of Virginia's original eight shires. If it were not for the courthouse, the jail, and all of the associated county offices - there wouldn't be much going on. There are splendid old homes and churches in town, and the air is thick with the smell of boxwood.

Every year they have a non-motorized 4th of July parade, which is very casual. Basically the county band plays and everyone walks, pedals, or rides behind them - dogs too - ending up on the courthouse green for popsicles, more music and a reading from the Declaration of Independence. After the festivities, people head to the Baptist Church for pulled pork barbecue, fixins and homemade baked goods - very delicious!

This is a very old and a very large Sycamore (Plantanus occidentalis), it dwarfs the house behind it.
At first glance this looks like one plant, but it is an Althea (Hibiscus syriacus) and a Black Locust (Robina pseudoacacia).

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