On day two of our bus trip through Virginia, with Trafalgar, we started our day slowly piling out of the bus at the Jamestown Settlement (I should say coach lol. Our tour guide kept saying bus, which is a no, no. She has to pay the coach driver every time she said bus). It was a beautiful morning. I had been anticipating this particular visit for 6 months. I have a mini obsession with Jamestown, and a crush on the archeologist William Kelso. I've been reading and watching documentaries about the history, and the dig, for years. I went over some of the old material about Jamestowne in preparation for my trip.
After all the obsessing about the place I couldn't believe I was finally there. Then I had a rude surprise when I found out that I wasn't. No Jamestowne Settlement is a recreated living history site. My heart sank. We weren't going to the original settlement site. I feel like there should be some sort of explanation at the Trafalgar site regarding the fact you will not be going to the original site. I found out the original site was a mile away. I pulled our tour guide aside and said I would like to leave the group and go to the original site. She said there was no easy way of getting there from where we were. If would be a difficult 1 mile walk. I decided to follow her suggestion, and take this tour, and later get a taxi from Colonial Williamsburg to the original site.
At Jamestown Settlement we toured a museum before going out to the recreated living history site. I didn't find the museum very interesting, honestly. The guide explained facts that most of us already knew. This museum and tour would be good for school children. We then went out to look at the Native American Village. I thought the recreated hut was interesting (I hear someone's child cried when they saw the dead animals in the hut? Maybe she's from a family of vegans?).
We then headed out to look at the replica ships, which were smaller than I expected. I thought they were very cute. We took a quick tour through one of them. Interesting to see the cramped conditions. I thought the ships were pretty to look at, but I wasn't blown away by them.
After the ships we went to the fort with it's recreated buildings. To me this was the most interesting aspect of the living history settlement. It gives you a good idea of how the earliest Jamestown settlers lived. I wouldn't recommend this settlement museum otherwise.
|Tiny girl preaching from the pulpit|
We headed to Colonial Williamsburg after Jamestown Settlement. It was still very early since started off so early that morning. I decided to tour Williamsburg before taking a taxi to the original settlement. I loved it!
Williamsburg was relevant to the lives of our Virginia ancestors due to the fact it was the seat of Colonial government. The colonial seat moved from Jamestowne after a fire in 1698. The state house had been located in Jamestown for 92 years.
The Colonial legislative assembly, the House of Burgesses, was the first assembly made up of elected representatives in North America. Their state house was located in Williamsburg.
I first headed toward a church which was closed for a service. I looked around the interesting old cemetery, then decided to head over to the Governor's Mansion, and return to the church later.
After touring the Governor's mansion I toured one of the remaining original colonial era homes. I toured the Brush/Everhard house which was built in 1718 by John Brush. It still has many original features. Clues to it's early wallpaper and other décor have been discovered beneath many renovations.
The second owner of this home was Thomas Everard who was mayor of Williamsburg in the 1760's.
|Wattle and Daub Construction used in Timber poor England|
was largely replaced by wood frame clapboard siding construction
in tree rich Virginia
Surprising bright green color. This is the original color, as are the bright colors at Mt Vernon
|Benjamin Wray born in James River, Virginia?|
|Artifacts from the National Parks Jamestowne Museum|
The original 1639 tower and reconstructed nave of Jamestowne's Church
|1909 Statue Of Jamestowne Governor John Smith|
|The pipes were interesting to see knowing how important they were to dating the site. |
The pipes had names carved on them. Great clues for archeologists.
Leaving the museum it was nearly closing time. I wondered if I would be able to get phone reception to call the taxi?
|Sadly I got there late in the day and they weren't digging|
|Last view of the swamp from the bridge on my way out|
I could hear many nature sounds including frog sounds
I was so happy to see the English style taxi finally arrive. Below I'm heading back to the civilized world.
Next time, part 3, we visit Monticello and a Richmond church.