North American Tag-O-Rama!

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  1. Beef

    Beef Adventurer

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    OK so my plans to take the tag west to the mountains have fallen apart for the foreseeable future, so I'll get a new tag up today or tomorrow so the game can go on.
  2. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Com'on guys, if you leave the TAG back East, it won't move much during the coming winter. Someone PLEASE drag the TAG Westward or South. That way the game can continue on and on.
    This IS the North American TAG...so lets send it all over ALL of North America. Maybe it can get to ALL 50 states, plus Mexico...(it's obviously made it to the GWN.)
  3. Beef

    Beef Adventurer

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    The year is 1781, and the American Revolutionary War has been raging on for nearly six years and has expanded to include several European powers. You are Lord Cornwallis, and you have just been ordered to set up a defensive naval position on the Virginia Peninsula to shelter British ships of the line. You select Yorktown, on the York River and dig in with 8000+ British and Hessian soldiers. Maybe you realized this on the way in, but it shortly becomes obvious that if your naval reinforcements are defeated, you are utterly trapped in your peninsular position. To make a bad day worse, your naval reinforcements are defeated, and you are royally (pun intended) screwed. George Washington's army of continentals, militia, and Frenchmen is nearly 20,000 strong, and setting up for a heavy siege, digging in just out of musket range. As if that weren't enough, Admiral de Grasse, the French commander who earlier defeated your reinforcements, is blocking your sea escape with his 29 ships and 3100 men. The situation is hopeless. You try to escape across the York River to Gloucester Point, but after your boats make one trip across, a squall hits, making riverine escape impossible. Yep, you're screwed. Realizing your predicament, you make the wise decision and send an officer to General Washington with a white flag in order to discuss the terms of your surrender. You have suffered over 600 killed and wounded, and now the rest of your army, 8000 strong, have marched through the lines of siege to a field of surrender and laid down their arms. Though the war wouldn't end for another two years, this surrender largely ended the land warfare in the colonies.

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    This tag is that field of surrender, in Yorktown, VA. An important place in our American history.
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    Map of the battle, including the location of the field (slightly outdated):
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    It was a balmy 48 degrees and raining on the way up there, and a sweltering 51 degrees on the way back! Make sure you drink lots of water and wear plenty of sunblock.

    Learn more about the Siege of Yorktown.

    (tag coordinates: 37.209023, -76.503310)

    Go get it! :ricky
  4. TheWorstKind

    TheWorstKind In the Wind

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    That is a quality tag and quality write-up! If this thing is still up for grabs in the AM, I will be off to get it!
  5. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    +1

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  6. SRMN8R

    SRMN8R Down & Out

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    Played well.

    I'm on my way to Yorktown now... But I'm in the Suburban today.

    Now, where is that extra wind shield?
  7. dhillr

    dhillr Long timer

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    Damn I want this one!!!....but I can't place it before I leave town on Sunday!!!!!

    Great tag Beef!
  8. SRMN8R

    SRMN8R Down & Out

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    Whoever goes, watch out for the deer!

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    Man, they're EVERYWHERE!!!

    I passed that very spot 3 hours ago. I'd never been there before. Cool place. I'm going back!
  9. alma1992

    alma1992 Jaded AND Cynical!

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    Being a history buff, this is quite possibly the greatest tag yet! :clapToo bad it's almost a 15 hour ride. This one will be hard to top gentlemen.
  10. catang5oh

    catang5oh Blithering Idiot

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    I went to "A" school there, cool tag. I used to drive through there every morning going to the Coast Guard base.
  11. TheWorstKind

    TheWorstKind In the Wind

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    Here is the Grab shot:
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    I don't really have to add anything to what Beef put out earlier. What a historic site!
  12. SRMN8R

    SRMN8R Down & Out

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    Good grab TWK!

    It was killing me, having to go by it 4 times in the past 24 hours and not being able to grab it!

    - Jimmy
  13. screamin injin

    screamin injin FUBAR

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    Nice grab TWK! You just could'nt resist, thought you were done tagging for a couple of weeks? :evil
  14. TheWorstKind

    TheWorstKind In the Wind

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    I didn't have to teach until noon, so the morning was ripe. And I wanted to try out my new waterproof boots this morning, so it all came together! :D
  15. TheWorstKind

    TheWorstKind In the Wind

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    I feel your pain! :D
  16. Beef

    Beef Adventurer

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    Sweet grab TWK! Did you see any deer? I startled one when I first rode up to the site and he went bounding across the road.

    Thanks for the compliments, fellas. I had fun placing the tag, so I'm glad you liked it, too.
  17. MAN OF BLUES

    MAN OF BLUES COG #5977 EX-TECH EDITOR

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    cool spot Beef, good grab K!!

    lots of sweet stuff here, and the writeup was superb for all us war buffs....
    :clap :clap
  18. TheWorstKind

    TheWorstKind In the Wind

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    I was just reading about what transpired at Surrender Field, when I realized the date of when it happened - 19 October! We basically just had an anniversary of a significant moment! And I was in the spot, 228 years later...

    The new tag will be up by this evening. Though nowhere near as monumental as Beef's tag, the new tag nevertheless continues the history theme.
  19. TheWorstKind

    TheWorstKind In the Wind

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    This is Nimmo Methodist Church, established 1791, in Virginia Beach, VA.

    Beginnings

    On Christmas Eve of 1784, the Methodist Episcopal Church in America formerly established by action of the "Christmas Conference" at Lovely Lane Chapel in Baltimore. This Conference was convened by Thomas Cooke, who had been sent to America by John Wesley for this purpose. At that time Francis Asbury was elected as "general superintendent" by the sixty preachers in attendance.

    We do not know when Methodism first made it's appearance in Princess Anne County, but evidence shows that it had taken root here by 1789. Organized into small groups, or "classes," the members met in homes or barns, with the occasional assistance of traveling preachers known as circuit riders.

    By a deed dated March 30, 1791, for a consideration of five shillings, Anne Nimmo conveyed to the Society Of Members of The Methodist Episcopal Church one acre of land in the fork of the roads leading from Sandbridge to Eastern Shore. Work immediately began on the "Nimmo Meeting House."

    The building was of simple design, without steeple or balcony. A single entrance was at the west end, and the building was of white clapboard construction, with plastered walls. The pews were of Colonial design, high-backed, of stained pine and poplar, edged with walnut. The floor was of random-width pine and carpeted. A fireplace of bricks, which were made on the property, was built in the center of each side of the building.

    The original structure still stands as our sanctuary, although it has undergone many changes over the years. It is the oldest surviving Methodist Church in continuous use in Virginia.



    <CENTER>Changes & Additions </CENTER>

    At another Conference in Baltimore in 1828, a group of church members, known as the "Associated Methodist Churches," began to move to form a separate denomination which would come to be known as the Methodist Protestant Church. This division was mirrored here as, on May 20, 1829, a group from Nimmo acquired a parcel of land across the road from the present church, and constructed Olive Branch Methodist Church. This group later reunited with Nimmo, and in 1894 the surviving Trustees conveyed that church and its property to the Trustees of Nimmo.

    In 1872, the Trustees reported that the church was "badly in need of repairs." By 1876, they reported, "the inside walls have received four coats of paint, the outside walls three, the seats revarnished, a new pulpit, new carpets, new cushions, etc., the improvements are handsome."

    A recessed chancel was added to the east end, a steeple and vestibule added to the west end, and the church ceiling was raised in 1893-94. Another renovation was begun in 1927, when a hardwood floor was laid over the old pine floor, theater-type seating installed, and our baptismal font was given by Miss Evelyn Nimmo.

    In 1956, in order to provide facilities for the Sunday School, wings to either side of the church were built, connected to the sanctuary by arched breezeways. In 1962, the current colonial box pews were added, the original pine flooring was uncovered and refinished, the building was replastered and the balcony restored.

    During renovations in 1989 to replace the support beams under the sanctuary, the breezeways were enclosed and offices behind the sanctuary were added. The social hall was completed in 1991.


    <CENTER>A Witness To History </CENTER>

    Standing as it has on its present site since George Washington was the President of the United States, Nimmo has witnessed the brightest and darkest times in the history of our country.

    About 1840, the balcony was added as a slave gallery. It survives today as the only remaining structure directly related to the period of slavery in Princess Anne County. If one looks closely at the floor at either end of the balcony, wooden plugs are visible which cover holes left by the iron work to which the shackles of slaves were once fixed. Records show that in 1846 Nimmo had 170 white members and 42 "colored members."

    During the early part of the civil war, this area came under the control of the Federal Forces. Nimmo was then used to house Federal troops and as a Federal hospital. During recent renovations, it was discovered that these troops left the initials and names of their sweethearts carved into the posts supporting the balcony. Covered again by molding, these markings remain to be rediscovered by future generations.

    The cemetery, established early in this century, is itself a history of Princess Anne County. Many older graves were moved here when the cemetery was established and the names on the monuments provide a "Who's Who" of this area. Residents of present day developments such as Ocean Lakes, Upton Forest, Red Mill farms, Courthouse Forrest, and others will find the previous owners of their land here.

    For over two centuries, Nimmo has been a landmark to travelers and has served to meet the spiritual needs of the many who have worshipped here. This remains our mission. At our bicentennial celebration in 1991, Bishop Thomas Stockton proclaimed that "your best years are still to come."



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    The big tree to the left and rear of the graveyard is where the egg is hidden. Look for a little black pouch. See below:
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  20. screamin injin

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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Nimmo United Methodist Church, 2200 Princess Anne Road | Virginia Beach[/FONT] http://nimmochurch.org/


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    Theworstkind put up a history on the church, so there is nothing else I can say about it except I was married in that church in 1992.

    Got the egg and cooled off while we find a good spot to put it.
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