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If you missed the first two days of trip reports, you can see them at:
- Day 1 – Arrival, Williamsburg Winery, Yankee Candle Flagship, IHOP, Williamsburg Woodlands
- Day 2 – Colonial Williamsburg
Sunday was the last day of our visit that Ashley would still be with us, so we wanted to do something that we knew that she would also enjoy (before she had to head home). I’ve always been a huge fan of Historic Jamestowne because I love to see the archaeological research that is always going on there. So, that’s where we decided to spend our morning.
But first, we always have to stop by the Glass Blower
(And, honestly, I could spend hours watching these talented artisans at work). I’m not sure why I didn’t take a single picture of the glassblowers, themselves; but we did bring home a few souvenirs (one of which is a National Park Passport, but that’s a story for another post). I got some glass suncatchers that I plan to hang in the kitchen window – I let the kids pick the designs, so I have a dolphin on the teal blue glass and a seashell on the cobalt blue.
DID YOU KNOW? The traditional glass color is the greenish shade. They have to add other minerals, etc. to the sand in order to produce the blue shades.
Then on to Historic Jamestowne
If you’re not familiar with the Historic Triangle, it can get a little confusing. Years ago, you could go and visit Historic Jamestowne and the Yorktown Battlefield. But now, in addition to those, there is also the Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center (not to be confused with the previous two sites). I’ll be posting about those next week.
Fortunately for us, Ian is in the 4th grade this year, so I had his Free National Parks Pass printed out and ready to go. The man at the counter said he was the first 4th grader that he had checked in since the program started! I’ll be posting more about the pass in a future post; but, for now, suffice it to say that it saved us quite a bit of money getting in to the park!
One of our favorite spots to visit here is always the church and the archeaological dig site, as well as a quick visit with Pocohontas. This year, I was saddened by the cellar that they are digging up. In it, they found a few bones from an unidentified teenage girl. Nobody fitting her description was listed on any of the manifests; so thoughts were running through my mind that she was likely some sort of slave girl (I don’t even want to know what kind).
From there, we strolled along the riverfront, checking out the barracks and the burial sites, etc.
Something new that they are now offering is a fun scavenger hunt for kids. Ian had his book almost completed, but we needed to head to the Arboretum to complete it. No pictures are allowed to be taken inside, but I always enjoy the exhibits in this little museum. And, it was in there that I discovered something I had feared about Jane Doe (mentioned above) — she was most likely eaten (my only hope is that she actually died first). I have to admit, I was feeling very saddened about that poor girl – maybe because I have a 15 year old daughter right now (it just really hit close to home for me).
Ian completed his book and was given a backpack as a prize! Afterwards, we walked around the rest of the site, before heading out to the car for lunch.
After lunch, we drove over to Yorktown and walked the Riverfront, browsing in the shops for awhile. Then, we said “good-bye” to Ashley who had to head home for work the next day.
The rest of us went to tour the Yorktown Battlefields, doing the self-guided driving tour. We also checked out the museum exhibit at the Battlefield Welcome Center.