Friday, October 24, 2014

YORKTOWN AND MORE...

It was cold here last night. My heater came on a couple times to knock the chill off and I had it set at it's lowest setting! But today was a great day for walking and exploring again. I decided first to find the Yorktown Victory Center.

This is the smallest in some ways of the three areas (Colonial Williamsburg is the biggest and the Jamestown Settlement is in the middle.) It also has more shops than anything else. And there's a lot of construction so finding the center can be a bit tricky. However, it is right on the water and the stroll down the main street is very nice.





I did stop by Colonial Williamsburg again, this time to explore the museums. It's interesting in that you enter the museums through the mental hospital which had a great exhibit. Then you descend a couple floors either by an elevator or stairs to a museum shop and finally into the museum to see the different areas like pottery, silver, armaments, statues, etc. Quite interesting but not having natural light anywhere was a bit unsettling.

One gem that I fell in love with (and hope everyone who visits the area will take the time to use) was the Colonial Parkway which goes from the Jamestown Settlement, through Williamsburg and on to the Yorktown Victory Center. Maybe 25 miles or so. But a good deal of the road is right on the water and the rest travels through a beautiful forested area. And, it's free...



Well, they're celebrating Halloween for kids again this week at the campsite. Lots of families came in this afternoon. And I picked up more candy for Saturday night's trick or treating. I will be leaving here on Monday and heading up to Maryland for a few days.

Hope you have a great weekend...

Thanks for dropping in...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT

No rain today...but it was windy and cool. Perfect day for walking. So, off I went to Jamestown Settlement.

There's a very large visitor center with a video on Jamestown shown every half hour and exhibition galleries about the land and the clash between the cultures plus much more.  If you want, there is also a 90 minute guided tour of the settlement available.

I walked to the James Fort first. The sun was quite bright so some of the pictures are not the best. First, the entrance...

There were several buildings and gardens...



Some of the interiors were quite elegant...


Next the ships. There were three on the wharf...




Finally, the Powhatan Indian Village...





Walking was very easy and handicapped accessible. All throughout the area there were folks dressed up in costume explaining what life would have been like in the settlement.

The gift shop is large with two distinct areas. One part focusing on adults and the other for children with a variety of interesting things for sale. There's also a cafe on the premises. Plenty of parking space, benches for relaxing and picnic tables.

If you're in the area, this is a great place to visit.

Thanks for checking things out...

See you tomorrow...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG

Life has been very busy lately with visits from family and lots of things to do like going to Busch Gardens (I walked 6.92 miles that day.) and the historic sites in this area.

For instance, Colonial Williamsburg is much larger with more things to explore that I realized. I thought one day would be enough...nope. Going to go back for another full day. I began at the Visitor Center and took the footbridge across the roads to the Revolutionary City, as it is called.

The first place I encountered was the Great Hopes Plantation with several buildings...


Livestock...

And vegetable gardens....

After a meandering walk on the path, the next place was the Governor's Palace. There is a tour of both the Palace and the Gardens (included with the ticket purchase) which give a lot of history about how folks lived.

The gardens...


Courtyard with kitchen...

Salt cellar, curing house and behind, the ice house...

Typical transportation of the time...

I explored the brick yard with demonstrations on how bricks were made...


The Courthouse with the stockades...

And the Everard House...

As I said, there's a lot more to explore and I will be doing that on Friday.   Tomorrow, Jamestown!

I just had to stop at the bookstore in the Visitor's Center...

And, of course, I found a couple books to purchase...

The Lost Arts has a ton of different things from making Birch Beer to making simple brooms!  Interesting reading.   Good point - both were on sale for half price!

There's a new weekly prompt posted...check it out.

Well, I am back to watching the rain - yes, it is raining today.  

Thanks for visiting...
Talk to you tomorrow...