February 2019 Barnes House Tour – Almost Five Years Since Move to Montclair Library

Barnes House at Montclair Public Library

Copied from Prince William County Historical Properties website

 

Its Black History Month, and I have a treat for you!  Right in my own backyard is the preservation of history!  I am not related to the Barnes family, but I truly enjoy the history associated with this property.  The Barnes House was built in 1797 for a wealthy local family and eventually rented to Gavin and Susannah Adams along with 34 acres of land surrounding the property.  The Adams used the Barnes House as a tavern and place to sleep for travelers passing through the area.  The house and land were purchased by Moses and Nancy Copen in 1834, who owned seven slaves including Jane Barnes and her three children (included Eppa Barnes).

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Jan 2019 – Update: Restoration of Historic Barnes Home

It’s been a long time since I posted about this property.  I periodically get an inquiry, so I decided to do an update. The property is located at the Montclair Community Library , in Dumfries, VA.  Feel free to contact the library at 703-792-8740 for details.

There’s a lot of history associated with this property and you can check out my previous posts here.  Also, Prince William County Site on Historic Preservation where the Barnes House is discussed.

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Jan 2019 – Back to Back Cruising

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Paradise Island – Overnight Nassau

My family and I just came returned from a “Back to Back” or B2B cruise. You might ask, what’s that? Well, it’s where you take at least two cruises back to back. For example, we cruised 4-7 Jan 2019 on the Carnival Victory out of Miami to Overnight Nassau. Then we stayed on the same ship, same cabins (you have to ask for this!), and cruised 7-11 Jan 2019 on the Carnival Victory to Key West and Cozumel. Because we had the same room, there was no need to pack our suitcases. In between cruises, we had a leisurely day eating breakfast, waiting for all to exit ship, and then we got priority “boarding” for our second cruise. We only had to exit to show our passports to customs, re-board and receive our new sign and sail cards. The process was easy.  Note: Each cruise is separate so you do need to settle each cruise account separately.

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29 Dec 2018 – How To Get The Best Price On Your Cruise!

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Have you ever wondered how to get the best price for your cruise vacation?  Well, let me count the ways!  My family and I love cruising, and we have been to the “school of hard knocks” when trying to get a great cruise deal!  So, I’m sharing what I’ve learned so far.  I want your cruise vacation to be memorable and at a great price!  Before we get into how to get the best price for your cruise, there are some simple steps I recommend you take to become a cruise insider. Cruise insiders stay on top of the deals and promotions as they become available so you know a great price when you see it, and you have lots of great choices before you decide.

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!  I hope this post finds you in good spirits and looking forward to another year!

As 2019 approaches, most of us think about what we will do different this year.  We may decide that this is the year we will lose weight, eliminate our debt, or travel more.  Perhaps we will pursue that promotion we always wanted.  Each year brings on new possibilities.  We have so much to consider, and so much to do.

Instead of New Years resolutions, why not establish a 5 year plan?  This approach will allow you to be strategic, focus on your priorities, understand what takes you away from your priorities and help you to truly work towards achieving your goals.  To get started, I recommend you take a look at the website Organize My House, and the post, How To Create A 5 Year Plan which can be found here:  https://organisemyhouse.com/how-to-create-a-5-year-plan/

I pray that 2019 brings you clarity, good health, a closer relationship with God, and blessings beyond your imagination!

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