Thursday, February 7, 2013

Son Jon

This picture looks like something that might have been in the Saturday Evening Post back in the 1940's, but in reality, it was taken during the recent Holiday season. It is of our youngest son, Jon dressed in period attire playing his Mandolin in Lydecker's Freeman's Store, circa 1859, in Vienna, VA. The store is along the roadbed of the old Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad. Jon was 7 years old when we took him and his 3 older siblings back to Arlington, VA. He was to celebrate his 8th birthday the day President Kennedy was killed and the Fairlington school program was cancelled. He became familiar with computers while in Junior High and also developed a "Soil Conservation" tri-fold for a school contest. When he received an award for his efforts, he decided that he wanted to become a "Soil Scientist". He received his BS degree in Agronomy from Virginia Tech and began his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resource Conservation Service. He has been stationed  in Virginia, several locations in North Carolina, New York, Nebraska and since the mid-90's, back in Washington, D.C. He has been involved with Civil War era re-enactments and historic interpretations as an avocation during the past few years. Jon has done us proud. 

1 comment:

  1. I'd like to give David Shelby, Vienna, Virginia, and a Board Member of Historic Vienna, Inc. (HVI), credit for this photograph. The Town of Vienna, Virginia owns the historic Lydecker/Freeman Store, circa 1859, where this photograph was taken and where I had such a wonderful opportunity of entertaining folks with period music and playing checkers with visitors. If you ever have a chance, come by and visit the Store (March through December, Weds. through Sunday.) It's FREE!