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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Did We Really See All That In One Day?

Got a little turned around but finally made our way to Jamestowne Historic Site.  This crane was there to greet us.

Jamestowne Historic Site is different from the Jamestowne Settlement. The Settlement is a living history center and the Historic Site is where they actually settled. They are doing the digs there.
Even though it is run by the park service, our pass did not cover the entire cost. We still had to pay five dollars to get in.  The odd thing is that the Jr. Ranger booklet also cost money to get. It was only one dollar.
Getting ready!


A model of the Susan Constant. One of the three ships that brought 104 men and boys to Jamestowne.

We just made it to the movie, and the Ranger talk was going to start about 5 minutes after the movie ended. Lon would have had to come back if we did not make the talk!  The talk was inside today because of the high heat.  The ranger who presented the talk was a lot of fun!

Crossing the swamp to get to the settlement

Do you see anything in the light green section?

How about now? You may have to enlarge the picture. Lon has really sharp eyes to spot the little guy and his mamma!

This is one big obelisk!

Lon with the statue of Pocahontas

Small History bit:
Pocahontas was born about 1596 and named "Amonute," though she also had a more private name of Matoaka. She was called "Pocahontas" as a nickname, which meant "playful one," because of her frolicsome and curious nature. She was the daughter of Wahunsenaca (Chief Powhatan), the mamanatowick (paramount chief) of the Powhatan Chiefdom. At its height, the Powhatan Chiefdom had a population of about 25,000 and included more than 30 Algonquian speaking tribes - each with its own werowance (chief). The Powhatan Indians called their homeland "Tsenacomoco."

They are doing all sorts of excavations and preservations

What Lon was looking at

The church ruins

Grave yard next to the church

Getting his patch. They do not have badges here, just a patch. With the ones Lon got in the mail, this makes # 70.

Traffic Jam on the way to Yorktown

A view of the replica ships. The Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Deliverance.

squirrel butt

This was on the Jamestown Glassworks

We got there just as he was taking the blob of molten glass and attaching it to the pontill

He was going to be making the Jack in the Pulpit Vase that you can see beside the blob of molten glass

He was working very quickly. It was hot, and much much hotter next to that glass oven!

The colonial recipe for glass

He is done. We were only there for half and hour!  That is amazing.  That vase is now in the cooling oven to cool down very slowly, so it does not crack

The road to Yorktown

A tunnel!  A real tunnel. so much fun
 yes, we honked the horn.

Farm between Jamestowne and Yorktown

We made it!

Our pass covered the entire entrance fee this time, but we still had to pay a 1.25 for the Jr Ranger Booklet

During the Ranger talk. We got one of the last talks. It was an hour, outside. It was HOT.

Lon is looking at the York River, which is more of an estuary, and not a river

A bonus was blackberries! The Ranger encouraged us to pick some to eat. She said we are allowed a quart each.  We did not get that many. But they were very good

Inside the replica British ship inside the museum.  It was much cooler inside
We looked through the museum after we saw the movie

Connecticut soldier

Lon sat down to do the Jr Ranger booklet. There was a tremendous amount of  math.  Some odd questions, One of the cannon weighs 5962 pounds, how many times more than your weight is the cannon. REALLY? How is that learning about the Battle of Yorktown.? The last major engagement of the Revolutionary War. Lon and I worked on the 12 math questions, and double checked the answers and they just looked to see if we wrote something.

Asking Lon questions about what he learned in the movie and the Ranger talk

When we left Yorktown we saw a sign that said to 17 North. Hmm, Mom's house is off 17.  Instead of trying to find 64 to 295 to 95, we just stayed on 17, and it worked out great!  Once we got to Fredericksburg we took route 2 into town so we avoided the bit that merged with 95.

We were almost to downtown Fredericksburg when we saw this random cannon on the road. There was a sign that said Fort Hood. I will have to look that up and see what it was all about.

The light turned green and we had to keep moving

Dopey picture of Lon, but I promised him that tonight on our way back we would stop at Carl's

and a promise is a promise

Happy Boy.

Tomorrow's adventures are still being planned!
Stay tuned

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