Jamestown Settlement

Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
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Trip End Aug 23, 2008


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Friday, August 22, 2008

Due to our lack of preparation we didn't realize that there are two Jamestowns.  The Historic Jamestown & the Jamestown settlement; the first is the actual historical site (another way to say a museum & archeological dig) and the second is a "living history interpretive site".  After some quick reading (we did get up early with our son) we decided to go to the Jamestown settlement and headed out - to eat breakfast.  We ate at Colonial pancake House, probably the best breakfast we've had the whole vacation and very reasonable (around $35 for four with a 10% discount from our coupon book).  As an added bonus we finally got to eat Virginia ham in Virginia.

Since we didn't have an address (the Jamestown Settlement is actually in Williamsburg) we went to the Colonial Williamsburg visitor center since we remembered being there that they provide shuttles to Jamestown and the route is well marked from there.  We drove our own car but followed a shuttle that happened to be in front of us to the Jamestown visitor center where we bought our tickets.  Before you walk over to the settlement do yourself a favor and stop at the amazing museum they have created.  The museum takes you through several stages such as conditions in England, the trip on the ships (including finding the North Star), the East India company, history of the Indians (including a wonderful display on Pocahontas which enthralled our 3.5 year old daughter), the conditions of slavery and much more - it was well worth the time.  There was also a display of John White's original watercolors (more on that later) which we decided to visit at the end when our kids will be tired.  Before we went outside our daughter got a "challenge" from one of the ladies at the visitor's center (she stood behind a table explaining old navigation & furring techniques): find three chickens & two roosters!

After the museum we walked over to the Indian settlement, went on the reproductions of the three ships and the fort.  Each area has "costumed interpreters", games, houses, props and demonstrations. 

The best part: the kids can do and touch everything (excluding firearms & cooking demonstrations); needless to say they, as well as us, had a blast through and through.

When they were good & tired (our son was sleeping in the cart) we went back inside (our daughter managed to find the lady who gave her the challenge to notify her of a successful ending) and entered the John White exhibit.  John White was the artist which accompanied many expeditions to the new world and some of his watercolors and sketches survived to this day.  Those artifacts have a significant historical designation being that through them we know today what the natives looked like, what they wore, their habits and customs.  The exhibit is on loan from the British museum (first time since 1965) and will go back this year.

We ate lunch at the visitor center's cafeteria, went through the gift shop (lots of nice stuff but we only buy one magnate from each place) and home we went.

Special thanks to the people who worked at Jamestown - everyone was nice, courteous, knowledgeable and took their time with two tired adults who have two kids around their necks.

The evening we spent at the pool and a great dinner at Red Hot & bbq in Williamsburg (they were kind enough not to make us go to our car to get the 10% discount coupon and simply gave us the discount).  We also went to the huge Yankee Candle shop and bought some presents in the area since they were much cheaper then the parks, remember to go to Richmond Road in Williamsburg for restaurants & memorabilia.
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