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A trip through the past at Rexroat Prairie

July 29, 2011 at 04:32 PM

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At the intersection of County Road 10 and Illinois 78 in Virginia sits Rexroat Prairie, a postcard out of the past with tall grass prairie, split-rail fence and three pioneer cabins.

The prairie is named in honor of Rollo Rexroat who operated a grocery store in Virginia. Rexroat was a self-taught botanist who liked to collect plants.

On Friday, many of the wildflowers still were in full bloom. Large masses of wild bergamot were found around the edges.

Here’s a photo tour:

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A red-winged blackbird clings to the stalk of prairie dock.

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Wild bergamot flowers in profusion at Rexroat Prairie.

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Log cabins can be seen beyond the prairie.

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A rocking chair on a porch sheltered by vines looked inviting on a hot afternoon.

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Spikes of blazing star add a dash of purple to the green and yellow-dominated prairie.

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Split-rail fences frame the prairie.

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