Trip Start Aug 08, 2010
69Trip End Nov 19, 2010
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Sunday we headed out to see the Jamestown settlement. We figured we should start with the first arrivals in 1607. Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement, 13 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. Their goal of making a profit from the resources of the New World for the Virginia Company's shareholders in London quickly took a back seat to pure survival. We then traveled to the Jamestown National Park to see the actual settlement. It is very moving to be on the grounds where America started.
Next day, we went to Colonial Williamsburg and spent the day walking back in time, seeing all the old homes and people dressed as they would have been back in the day. The one place that was a must do on this visit was lunch at the King's Arm Tavern which opened in 1772. Larry and I had eaten there when we were stationed at Ft Monroe in 1976. There we had an excellent lunch based on foods that were derived from the food that would have been offered in those days. We had a great waiter who weaved in how things would have been back in those times. The center of the meal was peanut soup.
After lunch, we headed over to Yorktown. In 1781, Yorktown was the site of the last major battle of the American Revolution and marked the end of a long struggle for the formation of the USA.
What was very interesting was that the visit culminated the things we had seen starting in Boston with the site of the Tea Party, One if by Land Two if by Sea, and the Shot Heard Around the World to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the formation of the Constitional Congress, to the end of the American Revolution. What a trip!