As I am apt to do if I don’t have any “real deadlines”, I am doing this A to Z Challenge at my own pace! I am not even sure what letter I am “supposed to be” on?! But here at my blog, I am on J.
J is for Jamestown Settlement … and that isn’t it all! Jamestown is actually part of the Historic Triangle, which also includes Yorktown and Williamsburg on the Virginia Peninsula, linked by the Colonial Parkway.
During our Army days, we spent 2 years in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, just a short drive from these historic sites. Having a “Patriot’s Pass” to Williamsburg was even better than the Silver Dollar City season’s passes we have now!
Jamestown Settlement was the first permanent English settlement in America, established in 1607. Today one can see replicas of the three ships that brought the first settlers, the Susan Constant, Godspeed, Discovery. One of these ships was no bigger than a school bus; can you imagine crossing the Atlantic Ocean in that?!
Jamestown Settlement is also a living history park and has a museum. Archeological activity continues on this site as well.
Yorktown is most famous as the site of the siege and subsequent surrender of General Cornwallis to General George Washington, and the French Fleet during the American Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781
Williamsburg was founded in 1632 as Middle Plantation as a fortified settlement on high ground between the James and York rivers. The city served as the capital of the Colony of Virginia from 1699 to 1780 and was the center of political events in Virginia leading to the American Revolution.
Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum. Prominent buildings include the Raleigh Tavern, the Capitol, the Governor’s Palace (all reconstructed), as well as the Courthouse and Bruton Parish Church. Interpreters dress and speak as they would have in the 18th century, using colonial grammar and diction.
Carter’s Grove Plantation (above) is a satellite facility of Williamsburg. It was the home of Royal Governor Robert “King” Carter. He was the governor of Virginia from 1726 to 1727.
Speaking of Plantations, if I had time and energy, I’d love to share our tours of the James River Plantations … the lovely homes and lands of some former Presidents and prominent families such as Shirley Plantation, the birth place of General Robert E. Lee’s mother, Anne Hill Carter. Virginia governor William Henry Harrison owned and operated Berkeley Plantation, birth place of his third son William Henry Harrison who became America’s 9th President. And Sherwood Forest Plantation was the home of President John Tyler.
As a family of history buffs (some more than others!), living in this historic and beautiful area of Virginia was a wonderful experience!
(source for some information: wikipedia)