March 20, 2011 – We stopped at the Lamplighter Roasting Company for lunch. Coffee and an iced mocha were greatly enjoyed, as was the gouda mac n’ cheese and Fat Tony (sausage, red peppers, sauteed onions, fresh mozzarella and basil). The Paterson (avacado, red peppers, hummus, artichoke hearts on a panini) was tasty but less-than-satisfying. We will definitely be back any time we’re in the area, though. Louisa also highly recommends the baked goods (if they have a mint brownie – chocolate brownie, mint cream, ganache – it’s a must-try).
Up next was the Virginia state capitol. We entered through the underground tunnel area and made our way up to the historic sections. The grounds themselves are also interesting. The governor’s mansion is a beautiful brick building, and the longest continually-habitated state governor’s home. There’s also an old bell tower, and a (very large) tiered statue with an equestrian George Washington surrounded be a lower level of heroes of the revolutionary period.