Williamsburg and Jamestown

September 201620160911_105316Colonial Williamsburg – This is one of the most impressive historical sites we have been able to visit.

This stop was suggested by Lorie and Mackie Shanks at our going away party last December.  Well, we finally made it.

In 1926,  the Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, rector of Bruton Parish Church, shared his dream of preserving the city’s historic buildings with philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., and the restoration began.20160911_110411The visitor center was full of knowledgeable and helpful people.  The ladies at the information desk are so patient with first time visitors.  They explained all the options and what was happening this day. 20160911_110514Meet Liberty. Liberty is a Briard, a breed that George Washington would have owned in the 1770’s.20160913_090237Williamsburg was the Capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780. This is America’s oldest and largest live interactive history experience. There is something different going on everyday.  We were going to get a 3 day pass, but they are running a special fall promotion.  We got a pass that is good until the end of the year for less than the 3 day pass.20160913_095510This is such a great place for children (and adults) to learn.  This was the kitchen at the Governor’s Palace.  The cook was one of the highest paid servants at the Palace.20160913_095520He was demonstrating what and how they would cook for the Governor and his guests.20160913_095211The Governor’s Palace.  The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a private, not-for-profit educational institution that receives no regular state or federal funding.  It is not a state or national park.20160913_100231This was the home to seven royal governors (appointed by the King of England) and the first 2 elected governors in Virginia, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson.  It was built to impress.20160913_100106Beautiful and elaborate gardens.20160913_100218Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood continued to make additions, including elaborate gardens in 1720- 1722.20160913_100730In 1780, the capital of Virginia was moved to Richmond for security reasons during the American Revolution.  On December 22, 1781, the main building of the Governor’s Mansion was destroyed by fire.  It was rebuilt in the 1930’s based on the buildings foundation that was still in the ground and other extensive research.20160913_105037John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore had an extensive collection of swords and rifles.20160913_105028Some of his collection decorate the main hall.20160913_110128Handpainted silk from England.20160913_110133Hand painted ceramic tiles around the fireplace.20160913_110138Beautiful antigues.20160913_110842King George III was the British monarch during Lord Dunmore’s time at Williamsburg.  As the guest entered the room, they bowed and curtsey to the King and Queen of England, as if they were there.20160913_110943This is one of 4 made in the world, a fold out keyboard.  That is not the proper term, but I cannot find it anywhere.20160913_110949Ornate architectural elements.20160913_111120A full restoration began in 1981.20160913_112600Along the Duke of Gloucester Street there are several taverns that provide food  and drinks.20160913_112605Susan Ingram suggested we go to Chowning Tavern for a Root Beer.20160913_114143So we did.20160913_112630Looks like a Welsh flag.20160913_120847Enjoy the Art Project. The link is on the screen.20160913_131105Every day they have different performances throughout the village.  One day we got to see a young Martha Washington.  You get a different program for everyday you might be there.  You have to then plan your day according to which performance you want to see and where it is in the village.  We got to see young Thomas Jefferson twice.  Kurt, is the actor that portrays him.  He was very good and really enjoys his job and has a great passion for it.  These live shows really get you into the period.  After the performance, which last 45 -60 minutes, they will take questions, either in or out of character.  It was great.20160913_133359There are houses in Colonial Williamsburg that are for rent to private individuals.  Check out the brick work on this house.20160913_133405They can rent up to $3,000 a month.20160913_133417There are horse-drawn carriage rides and then you might see some Colonist riding down the street on horseback.20160913_133833We were too early to eat at Kings Arms Tavern.20160913_142047This was the First Capitol of the Virginia Colony.

This whole educational place is incredible.  I can’t wait to come back.

Another day we took the tour of Historic Jamestowne.  This is a National Park and we have the Senior Pass that gets you in free at all National Parks. An entrance fee of $5.00 each was charged that goes to Preservation Virginia.20160912_113207We are running out of days, so we had to pick one.  There are 4 different sites between Jamestown and Yorktown.20160912_122518So we decided on Historic Jamestowne.  The site of America’s first permanent English settlement.20160912_124655This monument was erected in 1907 by the United States to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Settlement here.20160912_124719Jamestown, the first permanent Colony of the English People, the birthplace of Virginia and the United States, May 16, 1607.20160912_124725It is a beautiful monument.20160912_124845This is the 1907 Jamestown Memorial Church.  It was erected to support the 17th-century church tower.20160912_131142This is the Archaeologist that guided our tour.  I could listen to him all day.  He knows so much about the excavations of the 1607 James Fort and the whole area.20160912_132442The James Fort was built right on the edge of the James River.20160912_133753There is a ferry that travels on the James River.20160912_133808Captain John Smith, Governor of Virginia in 1608.  This statue was erected in 1909.20160912_134008In 1893 Preservation Virginia acquired 22.5 acres on Jamestown Island, including the Old Church Tower, shown in the background.  The archaeologist here are discovering new evidence all the time.  They continue to received awards for the finds they are discovering.20160912_145959The 1907 Memorial Church was erected to protect the 1600’s Church Tower.20160912_144647In 1934, the National Park Service acquired the rest of the 1,500 acre island and jointly administers Jamestown with Preservation Virginia.20160912_140752They continue to find old wells with thousands of artifacts. When the wells are no longer useful, they were used as trash containers.  Now, 400 years later, they are finding enough items to fill a large museum.  Amazing.20160912_150056And there was also Pocahontas, who married John Rolfe in 1614.  Her marriage helped establish peaceful relations between the Powhatan Indians and the colonists.  In 1616, she visited England with Rolfe and their infant son Thomas, and was presented to the Royal Court.  She died on March 21, 1617 and was buried in St. George’s Church in Gravesland, England.

20160912_142053Somehow, I forgot to add this photo of a glass arrowhead.  It was made by Virginia Indians. It was found on the James Fort site.

This is definitely worth a visit, just to listen to the archaeologist working on the site.  They are discovering new things all the time.

Next visit is to Norfolk.

4 thoughts on “Williamsburg and Jamestown

  1. Enjoyed reading about Jamestown. We missed it this trip. Hopefully next time. We were forwarned that Williamsburg Thousand Trails was not for us. I think it is part of the Encore system and Passport America combined. Sorry it left a bad impression. We stayed at Chesapeake Bay which worked out well for us. Glad that you got to see your dad.

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