Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown

Soldiers of the Crown!

I promised I'd post a bit more about our vacation!  The Historic Triangle of Virginia is a fabulous place to visit and it fits in perfectly with our current study of early English settlement through the Revolutionary War.  

Jamestown has a fabulous museum, which was built for the 400th anniversary of the establishment of Jamestown colony, the first successful English colony in North America.  We were sure glad that the museum was as extensive as it was, because just as we arrived it started to rain--heavily!  All of the fort, ships, and Native village sites are out-of-doors, so we were confined to the museum.  It turned out to be a blessing, as we really were able to take our time and enjoy the very well-designed displays.  The museum focuses on the three main ethnic groups that influenced the early settlement--Native Americans, African slaves, and English colonists.

On the next (drier!) day, we were able to enjoy the outside exhibits, which are all reconstructed and very hands-on.  First, we spent some time in the Powhatan village, then on to the ships and the fort:
Making faces in front of wigwams!
Grinding corn    

On the deck of the Susan Constant
Getting proper fit in armor is tough!

The next day, we progressed in sort of chronological fashion to Williamsburg.  Williamsburg always is quite a lot of walking, but we were up to it!  We visited the Governor's Palace, got stuck in the stocks, and learned about brick making at the brickyard. 
Governor's Palace
He doesn't always make faces, just when the camera is on !
The brickyard was off the beaten path, but well worth a small hike
 Lastly, we enjoyed Yorktown (the reconstructed campsite).  We learned how and why muskets were used in battle and spent quite a bit of time talking about colonial medical treatments with the company doctor.  
The encampment
Loading and firing a musket
If you were arrested, everyone would know what you did!

Hangin' with George!
 We had a wonderful, educational time.  Definitely a field trip worth taking!

And if you come to Virginia to see the sights, you can come visit me!    How great would that be!!!!

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