A very interesting 3-part day. The drive to Richmond was about an hour, and once we were there, we filled the time with Virginia’s history:
- The Virginia War Museum, with information about Virginia’s involvement in wars from WWII to present,
- The Virginia State Capitol, an incredible history museum, and
- Jefferson Davis’s Home and capitol of the confederacy (no pictures allowed in the home, unfortunately).
We had a full day before heading back to Williamsburg, dinner, and bed. An early night because we left the hotel at a very, very early time to head to the airport.
Pictures from the War Museum
Examining war memorabilia
Wall of names, Virginians who died in modern wars
Pictures from the state capitol
Outside the capitol
Statuary outside the capitol
Washington “reviewing the troops”
After a 2.5-hour drive, we arrived at Montecello, the homeplace of Jefferson. We met with the education staff to review their resources for classrooms, and then we had a brief tour of the museum and displays, where we learned more about Jefferson and his legacy.
Soon after, we took a little bus to the top of the “mountain” to tour the home. The tour guide, a university history intern, gave a great tour of the lower rooms of the home. We toured the grounds, the gardens, and the cemetary where Jefferson was buried.
After Montecello, we ate a southern-cooking lunch at Michie’s Tavern (which most people agreed was the best meal of the trip), and then headed to the University of Virginia campus to see the university sites designed by Jefferson, particularly the “Academical College” and Rotunda he designed. (As a side bonus, we saw the room where Edgar Allen Poe stayed while a student at the university.)
Yes, another great day!
Pictures from Montecello
Our daily mandatory group shot at the Montecello museum
Learning about the Montecello teaching resources
Montecello from the rear lawns
Pictures from UVA
EAP lived here
After breakfast we departed for perhaps the most poignant battle of the American Revolution, The Battle of Yorktown.
Some of our stops included Redoubts 9 and 10, the Moore House, Surrender Field, the Continental Army encampment, and finally the Yorktown Victory Monument.
After a fabulous lunch of fresh seafood along the beach of Yorktown, our group visited the Yorktown Victory Center to attend a “Farmer to Solider” program. The program walked our group through the life of a colonial farmer and gave a detailed insight into the activities of a solider. We participated in methods of loading a musket, marching in proper formation, and witnessed an artillery being fired.
We finished the day observing the cave in which British General Cornwallis hid from the Americans and French along the shore of the York River.
Where Cornwallis surrendered to Washington
Redoubt 10 along the river
TAH summer trip, day 2: We go to Williamsburg
After breakfast, we headed to Colonial Williamsburg for guided tour down main street, the historical houses, the working shops and presentations. Fascinating demonstrations of various colonial crafts.
Lunch was on our own, but most of us had lunch at the pub for sandwiches and sodas. Afternoon was more-or-less on our own. The tour guide took a group to tour various important sites on the beautiful William and Mary Campus, while other TAH folks continued exploring Williamsburg sites. With colonial Williamsburg and the College immediately next to each other, we had many options for places to see and things to learn.
Dinner was traditional colonial fare at a Williamsburg tavern, complete with visiting “residents” of the community, in full costume.
After dinner, we took the “hauntings tour,” a visit back down to certain sites with in-depth stories of the people and the hauntings people reported at those sites. We didn’t catch sight of any ghosts, but the stories were intriguiging.
Another exceptional day.
The original capitol building in Williamsburg
In jail! Looking through the food slot.
Free from jail
If you go to Williamsburg, you have to try out the stocks!