It rained all night along with thunder and lightning. We couldn’t hear much inside the house and that is certainly different than being on the boat. Everyone spent a leisurely morning visiting before we headed out to do some sightseeing in the rain.
The first stop was Jamestown, sight of the first successful settlement on North American soil by the British. We visited the interpretive center and watched an introductory movie before walking, in the rain, to the actual site of the town. There are not many actual artifacts in place at the sight but several archeological digs and reconstructed buildings. It was interesting to read the placards regarding these folks including John Smith and Pocahontas. History does come alive when you are able to visit actual locations and living conditions. It was imperative that I buy a book on the history of this place.
We drove a road in the area of Jamestown to get a better feel for the territory and then it was time for lunch at the Chickahominy House. There we experienced Miss Melinda’s Special which included Brunswick Stew, Old Virginia Hambiscuits, canned pear on lettuce, sweet iced tea and Coconut Pie.
Then it was off to Yorktown where we first visited a huge monument to the French in appreciation for their assistance during the Revolutionary War and particularly the battle of Yorktown.
The story of the Yorktown battle is certainly enhanced by a visit to the battlefield where we saw the Redoubt #9 and #10 with the gun placements and the abatis ( buried logs like pencils aligned side by side with the points sticking out to repel the enemy). Dave drove us through the area where the march from Williamsburg to Yorktown took place.
While going along the waterfront we looked to the shore and there was Hokulani? This is a Hawaiian sailing catamaran canoe that was on a goodwill trip around the world and it had been just ahead of us on the AICW when we left Charleston, SC. We heard people talking on the radio with them as they were being towed. They have no independent propulsion other than sails. We went down to check it out and talk to a couple of members of the crew.
The sight seeing tour was completed with a visit to the park headquarters to see another movie explaining the history of the Battle of Yorktown. We had to stop in the gift shop to pick up a couple of books detailing the Yorktown setting.
We drove home in the rain to spend another enjoyable evening eating more of Maxine’s delicious meals, visiting and then watching some PBS serials we had never seen. All in all this was a very enjoyable day.
After a lazy start we headed out to see Colonial Williamsburg. This is quite an attraction. In the old town there are many restored buildings with activities approximating the original taking place. The town “citizens” are dressed in period costumes and talk and behave as if they were living in the colonial period of the 1700’s. Three main attractions we visited were the Wythe House, Governors Palace and the Capitol Building. Each of these included guides who told us of the daily lives and the history in the making. We also toured the Duke of Gloucester Street where we saw a fife and drum corp and visited the Shoemaker, Weaver, Magazine, Powder Room and the Print Shop.
Lunch was found at the Chowning’s Tavern with Shepherds Pie and a roving violinist. This was followed by a stop at the “Craft” store, a stop at Dairy Queen and then we returned to the Scheevel Shack to pack for our return to the boat. On the way to Hampton we stopped at Harris Teeter for supplies and then it was to the boat and farewells to Dave and Maxine. Their warm hospitality and generosity will be long remembered.