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WAYSIDE INN


 
THE  WAYSIDE INN
MIDDLETON, VA
11/04/2011
INVESTIGATORS
LYLE & TONNA LOTTS,
TOMMY FITZGERALD, JESSICA GRANT

WEATHER
AIR TEMP-32 DEGREES, CLEAR SKIES WITH NO WIND, AND A WAXING GIBBOUS MOON WITH 77% VISIBILITY


HISTORY OF THE LOCATION

The Wayside history is based on service to the traveler. The first travelers to the Inn started coming in 1797, pausing for bed and board as they journeyed across the Shenandoah Valley. The Wayside was then known as Wilkenson's Tavern. When rugged highways were hacked out of the wilderness twenty years later, and the
Valley Pike, now Route 11, came through Middletown, the tavern became a stagecoach stop, a relay station where fresh horses were readied, and where bounce-weary passengers could rest and refresh themselves.

In coaching days, a servant boy would be sent to the nearby hill to sight an expected stagecoach. When a cloud of dust appeared over the horizon, the servant waited anxiously, straining to sight the outline of the stagecoach, and then hurried back to the Inn to report its approach. By the time the passengers arrived, delicious hot food would be waiting and they would dine and drink in comfort while the team of horses was being changed.

During the Civil War, soldiers from both the North and South frequented the Inn in search of refuge and friendship. Serving both sides in this devastating conflict, the Inn offered comfort to all who came and thus was spared the ravages of the war, even though Stonewall Jackson's famous Valley Campaign swept past only a few miles away.

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INVESTIGATION CONCLUSION
WITH THIS BEING AN EVENT WITH MORE PEOPLE THAN YOU USUALLY HAVE  FOR AN INVESTIGATION, EVIDENCE WAS AT A MINIMUM. WE COLLECTED NO EVIDENCE TO PRESENT, BUT WE DID HAVE A COUPLE PERSONAL EXPERIENCES SUCH AS BEING TOUCHED IN THE KITCHEN AREA OF THE RESTAURANT, AND A TABLE BEING MOVED IN THE SLAVE KITCHEN. 

THE INN IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS ACTIVITY AND WE ENJOYED
OUR OPPORTUNITY TO INVESTIGATE THERE. 


 

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