Monday, September 20, 2010

Looking At Our Roots

It has been a very busy day. We started it off at Colonial Williamsburg.

Then we left. We never actual made it any farther than the visitors center. The $36 per person admission coupled with Home Schoolers Day made this an un attractive proposal.

It's just as well, Ron seems to have an aversion to period actors. He stiffens whenever we near them, or at the mention of them. The kids probably would have been fine, the parents were already Annoying. Yes that's with a capital "A". Ron couldn't even muster up the motivation to buy a Christmas ornament. Yup, that bad.

All was not lost. We made our way to Yorktown not far away.
This tiny hamlet was among the first colonial towns and site of an important Revolutionary War battle.

It is home to the nations first pottery factory, though no one was supposed to know about it.

All goods were supposed to be purchased from England. In fact, the Governor at the time was clearly in on the secret. He referred to the owner as a "poor potter," he was anything but. Archeologist have finished their excavation.

By far, one of the most impressive things we've seen today was Jamestown. The first Anglo settlement in the New World, just marked it's 400th Anniversary a couple years ago. Archeologist uncovered the remains of the first fort, and are currently in the process of evaluating the area.

A new museum provides a glimpse of what they've found, including human remains, weapons, pottery fragments and shards of everyday life.

Pocahontas was here, this is where that whole story begins. In actuality, it's where all of our stories begin.
From the founding of a nation, to a Founding Father, we left the Atlantic Coast for Monticello.

Thomas Jefferson built this 5,000-acre estate on a hill overlooking Virginia.

He is also buried here, morale recent descendants.

It is not only a glimpse of what life was like for a wealthy land and slave owner, but insight into an inventor, a world traveler, and an architect.
GPS is a funny. Sometimes the fastest route isn't the route you'd choose.

Take our route through rural Virginia, who knows where we were. It did lead us to General Lee's final headquarters of the Civil War.

Not far way, Appomattox Court House, where General Lee surrendered to General Grant.

It was closed by time we got there. Fortunately we found a "trail" to get closer and snap a couple photos. The surrender ended the four years of fighting and the Civil War.

Today we began our trip home. The car is facing that direction anyways. Tonight we we end our day in Wyethville, VA, not far from the Tennessee border.

Location:Marriott Way,Wytheville,United States

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