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Some pix from earlier in the year and this weekend from the Dayton VA...the old "National Soldiers Home" (and military cemetery).

Built for Civil War veterans orginally (union vets), it was a popular destination in the 19th century for Daytonians and beyond





You can take an online virtual tour of the home via vintage old pix and postcards.

Here is what it looks like today.

The entry gate (with fairly interesting carvings on the pylons)





During the 19th Century people arrived via a steam dummy railroad, which was later supplemented by a horsecar. The horsecar was replaced by two electric streetcar lines. Here is the streetcar station and loop for the Home Avenue Street Railroad...now abandoned:





The steam dummy became a freight branch line and no longer comes on to the grounds.

The grounds. Most of the orginal victorian era soliders home structures are now gone, but the grounds are still nice. It was the lavishly landscaped grounds that acted as a public park for Daytonians...a place to go for a Sunday excurison:







The Home is on the top of a hill overlooking Dayton and the Miami river valley



Some of the older buildings and grounds visible here



Gazebo and old building



Reconstructed gazebo



Some original buildings:







Various types of single-family housing..the managment of the home (the Commandant, Chief Surgeon, etc) lived on-site..this would be like officers housing in a modern military base











Their are various types of "barracks" (dormitories and group quarters) for the veterans on site. The place is also the site of a big VA hospital, too.













Two chapels...the Catholic chapel:





...and the Protestant chapel, which is probably the architectural jewel of the complex:




The chapel overlooks the Military Cemetery



..the centerpiece of which is this monument.
















 

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There is a series of events this weekend at the VA.* A few pix from Saturday




There was a mass decoration of graves by the Boy Scouts, but families did their own decorating, too....







There was various re-enactment things going on, including a Civil War re-enacement camp.* This was a Vietnam and Korean War era display, put together by a former Army medic, so there is a medic theme to the exhibit.









 
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