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The last time we went to visit the Historic Triangle in Virginia, we participated in the homeschool programs being offered by Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. We were so impressed with the programs and both facilities in general. I just love history and the fact that these places are providing experiences in which kids and adults alike can experience history through hands-on exhibits just makes me happy.
We spent Monday of our recent trip visiting both places, but I’m going to focus on Jamestown Settlement in this post, and will talk about Yorktown Victory Center next week.
The day was threatening rain, so we wanted to be sure to see all the outside exhibits (hopefully) before getting soaked. So, we passed through the main building and headed outside toward the Indian Village.
Exploring the Indian Village
We loved exploring their homes – which were not teepees, but longhouses. It was interesting to see all the homemade baskets, etc. hanging from the ceiling for lots of uses. And we liked how all around them house were beds that doubled as seating areas during the day. Of course, there was a fire pit in the middle of each house to keep them warm in the winter (but not for cooking – that was done outdoors). Very close quarters, for sure!
Outside we had a lot of fun chatting with the ladies who were dressed in traditional Indian garb and doing Indian tasks, such as making baskets, working with the animal hides, and cooking. We learned how each household would have their own cooking area and what types of foods they would be making there, as well as how they cured animal hides and what they would use them for, how to make baskets, etc. I wanted to bring a basket weaving kit home, but the kids were not so excited at the prospect. Maybe next time!
Touring the Ships
From there, we strolled down the hill toward the riverfront to tour the replicas of the Susan Constant, Discovery, and Godspeed. Actually, only two of the ships were there that day, as the third had sailed up to Richmond (I believe we were told) for an educational program. So, yes, the ships are sail-worthy. We all had a great time exploring the ships and learning about how many people would have been packed into such small quarters, what they hauled on the ships, and about the sailing tools that they used in order to navigate (reminded me of reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch with Ashley years ago).
Visiting James Fort
Thankfully the rain was holding off and the sun was actually shining! We headed up the hill, through the garden areas, and ended up at the James Fort. Ian had a blast here, trying on the armor and checking out all the many buildings and watching the gun displays and other exhibits. We sat for awhile and listened to a man talking about cooking and how they would have had to cook for large crowds, etc. It was very interesting.
Honestly, as I’m putting these trip report posts together, I’m realizing that I really can’t justify a trip to these places through word and pictures on my blog. You just have to go there and see it all for yourself!
After the Fort, we made our way back along the path toward the visitor center. The kids enjoyed some hands-on educational exhibits that were set up for homeschoolers, and then we took our time strolling through the museum exhibits. It’s a beautiful museum, very well-done and informative. I was impressed by how Gracie took her time and really read the information and took it all in. (Unfortunately, they don’t allow pictures to be taken inside, so you’re just going to have to go and visit!)
We had lunch at the Cafe (we ordered a whole pizza and it was really quite good for a cafeteria) and got some carrot cake for dessert. By the time we left, it was raining. We drove over to Yorktown for the afternoon. I’ll share that next week!