Day 4-Sunday, August 31, 2008
Montpelier to Bennington
Meandering thru Vermont, making new friends, discovering old
Follow me where I go what I do and who I know
make it part of you to be a part of me
follow me up and down all the way and all around
take my hand and say you'll follow me
Follow Me Lyrics - John Denver
|Leaving Montpelier for Bennington to visit
Candi Rousseau, here are a few interesting things I saw on
the way out....
Interesting old Victorian house in town
Old church with a very interesting steeple...click on
church photo to see close up of steeple.
||Heading down 89 to Bennington, VT. I am now
headed to Candi Rousseau's farm, Tocara Morgans, to visit
her and see her wonderful colorful herd of Morgans.
I left fairly early in the morning so that I would have
time to meander southward, take my time, and stop when I
wanted to see the sights.
On the way down, I see the sign to Randolph,
VT, a town where Justin Morgan, the man lived and kept
course I have to go visit!
Below, Panoramic view of Randolph, Vermont
You see, I'd like to share my life
with you and show you things I've seen,
places that I'm going to places where I've been
to have you there beside me and never be alone
and all the time that you're with me then we will be at
Follow Me Lyrics - John Denver
In Randolph, I smiled to see this sign. It says
"Welcome to Randolph. The Heart of Vermont. Home
of the Morgan Horse" It is a lovely, quaint town with
beautiful and colorful hanging flower baskets,
clean streets, just a wonderful picturesque
town...more pictures below...
Figure was taken to
Randolph by Justin Morgan possibly in spring of 1792,
and was advertised at stud by Morgan in 1793, 1794, and
Store fronts in Randolph
Old train depot in Randolph, it is now a coffee house
that serves breakfast and lunch
knew that Figures grave was somewhere near Randolph, in
Tunbridge, so I opened my Morgan horse directory (yes, I
took it with me!) and randomly picked someone to call in
Randolph. I ended up calling Ken and Jane Marie Currier to
ask them if they knew where I could find Figures gravesite.
They graciously invited me to their farm to see their Lippitt
Morgans; they were only a few minutes away from where I was.
After getting directions to their farm, I arrived to spend about
an hour seeing their horses and beautiful Australian Shepherds,
which they also raise along with their wonderful Lippitt
Morgans. They are reducing their numbers so call them if you
would like to acquire a nice Lippitt. They had several I
would love to have! Below is a picturesque view of their farm
I left the Curriers, wishing I could acquire some of their nice
horses....I then headed out to find Figures burial area, which they gave
me directions to. I, as usual found the "roundabout" way...OK, got lost!
But here are some photos of the countryside along the way.....
Typical of the gently rolling, winding country roads.
||Really neat Morgan/trotter weathervane, just down the road
from where I soon found Figures burial area.
Figures Memorial site
||Finally, after wandering around, and just happened upon the
right roads....I found what I was looking for...the memorial to
Figure. I don't think this is his actual resting place,
but a memorial area funded by AMHA. I spent a while here,
just in awe and in heartfelt deepness of emotion. I can't
explain the depth of reverence I felt here, the fact that THE
Figure himself trod upon this area. The Father of Morgans...the
Click to see detailed photo of memorial
|Also on the grounds where Justin's memorial is, is the
gravesite of Lippitt Mandate. He was an awesome horse by
Mansfield, out of Lippitt Kate Moro, known for his endurance.
Lippitt Mandate was owned and shown by Marilyn Childs.
Click on photo to see large photo of headstone.
||Here are a couple of photos, one of the road that passes by the
farm on which Figure is buried, and a valley on which surely
At Candi Rousseau's Tocara Farm
I spent a lovely and very memorial time at
Figures memorial site. But time to head to Candi
Rousseau's Tocara Farm to see some current day Morgans! I
had planned to be at her place by 12:30 but alas, due to my
wanderings, didn't make it until late afternoon. After
meeting her family and all her critters (chickens and goats as
well as the horses) we saddled up and went on a trail ride.
We had a lovely time in the cool of the Vermont evening,
moseying through the woods, up and down steep hills. I was
thrilled to be riding Morgans in the state of Morgans, where it
After our ride, we enjoyed hamburgers and home-fries and
macaroni salad, prepared by Candis gracious husband. We
chatted some, and then I went to bed, weary but happy
If I had a day that I could give you
I'd give to you a day just like today
If I had a song that I could sing for you
I'd sing a song to make you feel this way
Sunshine on my Shoulders Lyrics - John Denver
On to Day 5 - UVM and
to Stonelake Morgans