Friday, July 13, 2018

Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne

From the D.C. area drove to the Historic Triangle to visit Colonial Williamsburg.  We purchased a one day pass which allows you to go inside the buildings.   

If there is a flag in front of the building, it designates the building is open to explore. 

Throughout the town there are historical reenactment actors engaged in all facets of 18th century life (weaving, post office, blacksmith, ice cream making, judiciary to name only a few).    

No cars in Williamsburg

The weaver

a provocative discussion on the Constitution and slavery

popular souvenir in Williamsburg

Post office
Our last stop at Williamsburg included a 45 minute impressive Thomas Jefferson reenactment.

Tip: If you plan to visit Williamsburg, bring your own lanyard to hang your visitor pass.

Historic Jamestown and Colonial Jamestowne National Historic Park

On the 4th of July, we visited Historic Jamestowne which is operated by the National Park Service.  Jamestowne is the first and oldest permanent English settlement in North America.  The English arrived in 1607 and the archaeological recovery efforts continue today.  I recommend taking the time to watch the film in the visitor centre as provides the background to the Powhatan peoples.
Bronze statue of Pocahontas, c. 1913. Pocahontas was born about 1596 , daughter of the Powhatan Chief.

archaeological recovery and restoration of the church

site of the fort

If you are in the Historic Triangle, you can also visit Yorktowne and the Jamestowne Settlement (which is a reenactment).  We only had two days in the area so we limited our visit to Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne. 

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