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Last week, I shared about our experience at Jamestown Settlement and promised that this week I’d be sharing about Yorktown Victory Center. While we purchased the combo ticket and visited both in the same day, there is just so much to see and do that it was impossible to pack it all in to one blog post. So, here is Part 2 of Day 4 of our trip to the Historic Triangle . . .
New Welcome Center & Museum
When we drove up to the Victory Center, I know my mouth dropped. Everything looked MUCH different than it did the last time we were there. You could tell that the village and army encampment had been moved and there were a lot of construction vehicles around. But the Center itself . . . well, it’s been torn down and now you see this HUGE gorgeous building directly in front of you when you top the hill! I was literally so in shock that I didn’t think to take a picture of it, but you can see an illustration and read more information about it on the website.
This building is where you can purchase your tickets (or show your tickets if you purchased a combo ticket like we did), check out the new gift shop (which is very large and filled with all sorts of goodies), and watch a film about Yorktown during the Revolution. What not yet complete is the museum portion, which I can almost guarantee is going to be amazingly awesome!
When this is all complete, much like Jamestown Settlement, you will walk through the building/museum, and exit at the end, to hear toward the Outdoor Interpretive Areas.
Even though the site is under construction and the farm and encampment areas are much smaller than they were previously (and much closer together also), we got a very thorough and educational tour!
We started in the Farm section and really enjoyed checking out the gardens. Brian was interested in the different ways that they were growing their various veggies – much different than the way we do it here at home, but I think it gave him some ideas to implement for next year.
From there, we took a closer look at the inside of the houses and were, of course, amazed at how they lived in such small quarters. I believe we have grown way too spoiled in this day and age – we have too much “stuff” to ever fit into a small house like that. Yet, I’m sure people were happier – and much closer – back then.
Continental Army Encampment
I knew that Ian would enjoy this part of the tour, but I did not know that he would be so easily influenced to sign up for the Continental Army when recruited! When he heard that they would pay him, he was ready to sign on the dotted line!
We all really enjoyed the rifle and cannon demonstrations.
Excuse the videos. You can hear the construction vehicles hard at work to make Yorktown Victory Center even better!
The new center should be complete by the latter part of 2016. I’ll be anxious to go back and see it once it’s all completed.
Thankfully, it only rained on our trip between Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, but the rain held off long enough for us to see and do everything that we wanted to do at YVC before heading out for dinner and back to our hotel room.
We got up the next morning, had breakfast at the hotel, and headed for home. It was a great trip – and I’m already ready to go back!