When I set out for my day trip on Saturday, I had planned on staying away from the Blue Ridge Parkway as all the news outlets had it bumper-to-bumper traffic (to see how well that vow went, read yesterday’s post).
I had it all mapped out. I was going to go up through Martinsville, VA and then pick up a Virginia scenic byway to Ferrum and then loop back to Greensboro.
I don’t pay any attention to sports and even less attention to NASCAR – the state sport of the South. Bad move; they were running the Tums Fast Relief 500 (how appropriate – stock car racing makes me nauseous) at the Martinsville Speedway. So I got stuck in traffic there and not on the Parkway.
Ate a quick lunch and then took a side trip to the Wedding Cake House in the Millionaires’ Row neighborhood. There is very little information on the house on the Internet. All I could find is that it was built in 1903 by a man named George Lester. It is hard to tell from the photo, but it is badly in need of renovation. In a city of 15,000 with more than 20% unemployment, I doubt that it will happen any time soon.
It is made out of concrete block and cement trim, which was an extremely unusual building material at that time.