Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown Battlefield, Virginia - Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

We woke up a bit late and took a long time to get ready and leave. We finally got on the road to Williamsburg around 11:00 AM. We decided to stop along the way and do the area in chronological order and went to the Jamestown settlement first.   When Dad and I came to Williamsburg 14 years ago, we never made it to Jamestown. We enjoyed the museum very much as they had clear fiberglass planks on the floor of the building where you could see the original foundation from the settlement circa 1600s. We walked through the museum and saw many artifacts, such as earthenware, utensils for cooking and eating, tools, locks, keys, etc.  We even saw remnants of a leather shoe.

The settlement was in a gorgeous location by the river with scenic views.  Then the settlers arrived, they were told to decide wisely on the place for the settlement. It had to be safe from Spanish attacks, a good place to farm and be able to provide all necessities for living. We had lunch there on the river.  The highlight was chili in a bread bowl.  We also got to see a statue of Pocahontas as this is where she was from.

After Jameston, we went to Colonial Williamsburg.  We didn't have much time there, but we did walk around for a little while, saw the shopping district, the historical area, the palace and some of the houses and other buildings.   After, we stopped at Yorktown Battlefield, the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War.

Driving on these small country roads is very nice. You get to see farms, barns, animals, fields of crops and many corn fields. Every now and then, we would pull over to take a picture of houses on a hillside and one had a groundhog or prairie dog peeking from its hole.  We took pictures of it just before it snuck back into his hole.  As we were running late, we were a bit embarrassed because we were staying with the B-Ns tonight and we are super late.  It's 8:18 p.m. and we are still 77 miles away (about 1 hour 30 minutes to go).  We are anxious to get to Arlington, Virginia and visit with our friends.

NOTE:  Before we left, Dad made a playlist and some of the most memorable songs from this trip are: I Got a Feeling (Tonight's gonna be a good, good night) by Black-Eyed Peas, The Climb by Miley Cyrus, Pink songs, other Black Eyed peas songs, Lady Gaga's Poker Face, and Right Round by FloRida.

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