While we were in the Raleigh area we stayed at the State Fair grounds. It was just a short drive to the Capitol which was completed in 1840. This Capitol was different that any we have visited because in 1963 the House of Representatives and the Senate moved to their own State Legislative Building, which was the nation’s first building built exclusively for legislative use. It is one of the best preserved examples of a civic building in Greek Revival style architecture. The exterior walls are constructed of gniess (a form of granite.) Much of the furniture in the building is original. You can see the wear on the stairs from the wheelbarrows used to carry firewood to the upper floors. There are 28 fireplaces.
Raleigh has some great free museums! First we visited the North Carolina Museum of History. Then we visited the awesome Natural Science Museum. The kids had a great time as scientists. We spent hours learning about nature. What a great resource!
While we were in Raleigh we stopped at a great used book store. What a treasure. We all found some new reading material. We rode our bikes from the fair grounds to the green way and 6 1/2 miles to the state park. This was the most difficult ride we have ever done. It was only 21 miles, but it was uphill and thankfully some downhill. We felt a great sense of accomplishment when we finally finished the three hour ride. We decided “Life is like a bike ride, it has it’s up and downs and sometimes you have to get off and push to get where you want to go.”