As we left our ‘moochdocking’ in NC we headed north to stop in Williamsburg. We wanted to see “America’s Historic Triangle”, this would be Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. We found a location north of town a bit that took Passport America for 2 nights and a Good Sam discount for the other nights. It was the Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. Here was our spot:
The first day we went to the Williamsburg visitor center to figure out what we might do. They had a 7-day pass but we determined we would get a 3-day pass to the Historic Williamsburg area and do the other two locations separately. The second day, we decided to go to Yorktown and visit the American Revolution Museum. It was a very nice museum with many interesting displays with a multimedia theater that was amazing. They also had a ‘camp’ that was recreated extremely authentically (a precursor to what we will see in Williamsburg). Roxie even got to sit down with George Washington:
We got to the NPS area of Yorktown after it closed but were able to do the Auto Tour to see different areas of the final revolutionary battle.
The next day we went to Historic Williamsburg on the first day of the three-day pass. Historic Williamsburg is the historic part of Williamsburg that has been completely restored to around 1780 even along with all the residents who man the stores and walk the streets. It is very well done. Here are some street shots:
One of the tours we were able to take was that of the Governor’s Palace (the other shots are swords on the walls inside):
One of the best parts of the entire experience were the reenactments/plays that were performed to give you a feeling of what times were then. Here is a shot of George Wythe and Thomas Jefferson (right) during one of the performances:
We went to the town on the first and third day of our 3-day pass. We missed the middle day (more on that later) but each of the two days we were there we ate at a restaurant on site that was also set in that time period. Since there is only two of us we were told that if we were willing to share our table we could get seated sooner. Fine with us, we love to meet new people. The first day a teacher sat down with us, she was here for an educational seminar and was actually staying in the town! Very nice to meet her.
The third day we were seated with a wonderful couple where we found out that we had many similarities and realized that there are very strong people in this world. This couple is definitely in that group! They even took time at the end to pray for Roxie and her back. Very thankful to meet them!
So what happened to our ‘middle’ day at Williamsburg. We were contacted by Steve and Angelique to see if we wanted to go to Busch Gardens at Williamsburg as they have a season pass and can get friends in free in June. OK! We went to Busch Gardens. Roxie and I remember going to Busch Gardens in Southern California. It was primarily a beer tasting venue (which my Dad loved) and a lot of lush greenery and birds/animals/etc on display. This Busch Gardens was a full on amusement park with rides and shows. It was a very enjoyable time but a lot of walking! Plus it was hot and humid. Many thanks, again, to Steve and Angelique.
The final day of our touring we were in Jamestown. This was the first settlement of Colonists in the New World. There was a very nice museum, like in Yorktown, Jamestown Settlement. They also had a representative town set in that time. Here are a few shots:
The NPS had an area also that was where the original Jamestown was located. It was surreal to walk around the old town and see what they had to endure. Here are some pictures of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas, plus a memorial obelisk:
After almost a week it is time to move on. We are still being slammed by weird weather and a lot of humidity.
Where will we go for the 4th of July?