We stopped for the night at Whitetail Ridge Campground, a Corp of Engineer park on West Point Lake just outside Lagrange, GA. Just look at this huge site! This is why we love COE parks. We have water and 30 amp electric...not bad for $12.00.
On our way today we did a short detour to visit Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. This site is very well done and worth a visit if you are in the area. I'm sure you are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military aviators in the United States armed forces, but if not, click here to read about them.
This site is where the airmen received their flight training. Today, there are two hangers that have been revamped into museums. This is hanger #2, and you can see the airfield is located just beyond it.
This is hanger #1. Due to staff reductions, this hanger was not open today. We did tour hanger #2, and it was very good. We watched a 20-minute movie that really explained the importance of what these men did during WWII.
In the center of hanger #2 is a replica of a P-51 Mustang with the famous red tail and nose.
Visiting this historic site has been on my to-do list for a few years. Back in 2006 and 2007, Bill and I wintered in Titusivlle, FL, and I worked at a nearby H&R Block during tax season. In 2007, I had the privilege to meet a Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Col. Hiram Mann, a client of the tax office. Lt. Col. Mann had just returned from Washington, DC, where he, along with 300 fellow Tuskegee Airmen, were presented with the Congressional Gold Medal. He came by to say hello and and to show us the medal. The conversation we had was brief, but I could tell he was a very kind and humble man. This picture was on display in the museum:
Lt. Col. Mann died in May of this year at the age of 92. Click here to read an article from the Titusville Paper with more details of his life.
It looks like tomorrow will be a wet travel day. Rain is predicted to move in tonight and last throughout the day tomorrow. Glad we have a short travel day!