Yorktown Victory Center, Virginia

Yorktown Victory Center, Virginia

But even bigger business was tobacco. John Rolfe was the originator in the new strain of tobacco that helped our first permanent English settlement become a success oh so long ago.

Yorktown Victory Center, Virginia

Yorktown Victory Center, Virginia

This woman was so unbelievably good with the kids. She took the time to go through every detail of the British Musket with as as well as cannon ball talk. The kids not only watched her fire the musket but held the weapon as well as a couple of different cannon balls. So amazing. We also saw the firing of the cannon. Which hubby helped move it into firing range. So cool.

Yorktown Battlefield, Virginia

Yorktown Battlefield, Virginia

Where the long war came to an end. There are so many interesting facts about this battle. Once again we had a magnificent tour guide who had a lot to say. It is of her opinion that without the Naval battle that occurred in the York River to secure the area we would all be speaking a bit differently today. It’s amazing how many things lined up for this patriot victory. Strategy, risk and of all things weather all came together. Here is a picture of one of the few original structures left standing in the town. Because this was a heavy artillery battle much of the town was destroyed.

Historic Jamestowne, Virginia

Historic Jamestowne, Virginia

Replica of the barracks in the fort. Archaeologists are currently working on multiple sites in the fort. The ranger explained that all the structures are in the exact location of the original buildings. As well as the palisades. It was an incredible feeling to be standing in the very same spot where some of the most amazing historic events took place.

Historic Jamestowne, Virginia

Historic Jamestowne, Virginia

Model of the original Jamestowne colony. We had the most amazing tour guide at this location. He was so enthusiastic and you could tell he totally loved his job. He gave us more info in our hour with him than I have learned in my weeks of research. He brought up a very good point about the “first colonists” who we typically know as the pilgrims. He asked why in our history books the pilgrims get so much credit for being the first settlers in America. The reason is simple but I had never really thought about until now. The Virginia Company set up the expedition for the Jamestowne settlers purely for profit. They hoped for the almighty dollar. Where as the Pilgrims were in search of religious freedom, and as we learned, there certainly was not any religious freedom in the Jamestowne colony. Once Lord De La Warr took over, most crimes, especially religious crimes were punishable by death. In any case I suppose we chose the fanciful story of freedom over the truth. I personally would just like the facts but as we have all come to learn history is one great, and often times, a fictional story.

Jamestowne Settlement, Virginia

Jamestowne, Virginia

Ye’ Olde Black Smith. So basically everything for the last 3 days has been Ye’ Olde.Thanks for this hubby! And now even the kids have succumb to this catchy phrase. Today we saw the Ye’ Olde water fountain, the Ye’ Olde trashcan and the Ye’ Olde sidewalk. Just to name a few…of the oh so many haha 🙂

Jamestowne Settlement, Virginia

Jamestowne, Virginia

I was trying to explain to Olivia just how much work we would have to do back then. But the fun of grinding corn was just too exciting. One thing I thought was interesting was that in the Yehakins (the sleeping area) they had a fire burning all day everyday 365 days a year. Now in the winter you can understand the need but in the summer it makes less sense until you find out that having a fire burning in the miserable Virginia heat actually makes the weather more tolerable because it dries out the air. The side effect of the fire is being able to dry meats and keep rodents away. But the primary reason is to rid the air of humidity. Crazy!

Jamestowne Settlement, Virginia

Jamestowne, Virginia

A Powhatan pestle used to grind corn. The kids thought these were pretty cool. It was really neat to see the different technologies amongst the Powhatan tribe, the English and the Angolans. I think the Powhatan’s had the best tool for the job even though these used stone instead of iron. The size and shape of their tools seemed a much better fit to get the job done. Another great tool from the Powhatan tribe…The very first crock pot. They made these uniquely shaped pots almost a cone shape and would bury part of it in the hot coals of the fire. The women would throw in what was available and heat it throughout the day, very set it and forget style. That way whenever you were hungry you could just stop by and take a scoop. Brilliant! Although this didn’t mean the Indian Woman could just lounge around all day, she had a whole lot of work to do ha!

Jamestowne Settlement, Virginia

Jamestowne, Virginia

The kids and dad aboard the Susan Constant replica. One of the 3 ships that carried the colonists to the new colony. While these boats weren’t exactly small in size it was hard to imagine their journey across the Atlantic. Especially considering the colonists were not allowed on deck. They made the trek below deck with stacks and stacks of cargo.

Jamestowne Settlement, Virginia

Jamestowne Settlement, Virginia

Ever heard the phrase…”Mad as a hatter” Well now I know why…When we were in the Indian Village our tour guide explained to us that the Indians would trade beaver hides to the English. The English would make beautiful hats out of these beaver skins. Apparently the beaver fur is very fine so the hats would be made in close quarters. Back then the process required the use of mercury. After breathing in the mercury day after day the hat makers would start acting a little funny. Hence…Mad as a hatter 🙂

Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia

We’ve enjoyed our downtime here in Virgina. We haven’t been out too much, just a little shopping for the kids. We have been resting up for our Christmas Extravaganza. We pulled into our Christmas RV park yesterday complete with indoor hot tub and pool, playground, mini-golf and game room. We played at the pool yesterday, so fun to just play and be silly with the kids. We went out today and wrapped up all of our Christmas errands so come Monday we will be ready for all the festivities that await 🙂

Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsbug, Virginia

The kiddos wanted to see Santa today so we came across the Yankee Candle Holiday Village. It’s a bit difficult at times fumbling around towns trying to find your way. Fun, frustrating and sometimes gas guzzling hahaha I’ve learned that we tend to take our familiar surroundings for granted. Little things like finding a Santa proved to be a bit more of a challenge than I had planned but it was well worth the effort.