Sunday, June 28, 2009

Exploring Williamsburg and Jamestown

Saturday, June 27, 2009
The crew got up early and went into Williamsburg to explore for a second day.

Reenactments at Williamsburg

After a day of exploring Williamsburg, they headed to historic Jamestown, an island originally seperated from the mainland by a narrow isthmus, was the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America. (1607) and the capital of Virginia until 1699. May 13, 2007, marked the 400th anniversary of its founding. The first settlers' bitter struggle for survival was here, on now uninhabited land, makes for a visit that stirs the imagination. Redbrick foundation walls roughly outline the settlement, and artists' conceptions of the original buildings can be seen at several locations. The only standing structure is the ruin of a church tower from the 1640s, now part of the Memorial Church built in 1907; the markers within indicate the original church's foundations. Other monuments around the site also date from tercentenary celebration in 1907. Statues portray the founder of Jamestown, Captain John Smith, and his advocate, the Native American princess Pocahantas, who Smith credits for saving his life.

For dinner the Island Hopper Crew drove back in to Williamsburg and ate dinner at Christina Campbell's historic tavern. George Washington frequented the tavern in his time. It is know for its outstanding seafood.

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