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.

Cool Friends, Dinner and an Air Show

Thursday September 8, 2016

We had to leave Ashland because Americamps was booked for the NASCAR race this weekend.  We moved 51 miles to Williamsburg RV and Camping Resort.20160908_133700This is a Thousand Trails campground.  We are not Thousand Trails members, but they give Passport America member discounts. So we got 50% off everyday except Friday and Saturday.  It is a good thing, because there was not much to like about this campground.20160908_13371450 amp, water, sewer, No cable and No internet.  When you get to a Thousand Trails campground, you park by the office and then go look for a site you like.  This campground is very tight, the roads are narrow and the grounds are full of tree roots.  We looked at about 6 different sites.  It averaged out to $40.88 a night including tax.  It was expensive for what we got.20160908_133747We found this one that Cliff could wedge into.20160908_133734We probably would have moved, but the site was close to Dad and everything else we wanted to see.  Plus when we made the reservation it was less than 2 weeks from arrival and they required a non-refundable full payment.  A live and learn moment.

Now on to better things. We got to spend Friday with Dad in Richmond.

Friends that we stay in touch with were traveling back to Northern Virginia from Virginia Beach.  Since they are now retired, they decided to stop in Williamsburg and have dinner with us.  They are not full timers yet, but we met them at Blueberry Hill RV Resort this past spring.20160909_170113We met for dinner at Captain George’s.  They have a seafood buffet and all-you-can-eat crab legs.  Yeah, we are in heaven.20160909_180810We had such a good time with Barbara and Keith Sefton.  They have a Motorhome and tow a Jeep.  We asked the waiter to take our picture.  Which he did.20160909_180836Then he suggested we turn around so that you can see the restaurant in the background. It was a really cool place and the crag legs were awesome.  While at dinner, Keith and Barbara,  suggested we go to the Oceana Air Show with them tomorrow near Virginia Beach.

Saturday September 10, 201620160910_084723We followed Keith and Barbara  to the Navy Air Station.  This is a 3 day event.20160910_0849010It draws almost 300,000 people over the 3 days and it is FREE.20160910_084920That is their Jeep in front.  From this point, the traffic was crazy and the Navy personnel would not let us stay in the same lanes which meant we were not able to park close to each other either.20160910_085434Big hanger where the Navy is painting parts.20160910_104326F/A-18C Hornet – it was Loud and Fast.20160910_101822After the pilots put on a show, they land and drive by the crowd to wave.20160910_104420Another Hornet painted in camouflage colors.20160910_113550These planes were so loud and fast.  It was a lot of fun to watch.20160910_110332But it was hot.  We had some clouds and a breeze, which definitely helped.20160910_114641There is a narrator, but it was sometimes hard to hear.20160910_115141This is the Geico Skytypers flying unit based in Long Island, NY.20160910_115145They fly restored WWII aircraft.20160910_120350The F/A-18F Super Hornet was so loud it made my insides shake.  Keith put a video of this monster on facebook.20160910_120356He went straight up too.20160910_122143It was very impressive. 20160910_142906There were a LOT of people here.20160910_121845This is the USAF Heritage Flight.  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF).  The Heritage Flight program was founded in 1997.  Flight performances of current fighter/attack aircraft flying with World War II, Korea and Vietnam era fighters display USAF airpower history. It was very dramatic. 20160910_142739Then came the Blue Angels.  Crazy!20160910_142747They fly so close together.20160910_142940The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service of the United States.20160910_143215One is upside down.20160910_143512Now 2 are upside down and 2 are normal.  Check out the tower to the right.  They were watching everything.  It made me feel very safe.20160910_143700The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.20160910_144530Since its inception in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 427 million fans.20160910_145311It was incredible.  This was the first air show for Cliff, so we are so glad Keith and Barbara invited us to go. 20160910_165754The ultimate boathouse.20160910_171002There were several bridges and underwater tunnels between Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.20160910_171130It took us 1.5 hours to get to the airshow and over 3 hours to get back because of all the people leaving.

We really enjoyed the day.  It was an incredible experience.