, Virginia, Turkey
November 22, 2002
The activities started on Friday evening with a ball at the Omni Hotel. On Saturday we went to the Downtown Mall (which was Three Notch Road) and observed several activities performed by the volunteers such as how cannons work, muskeet training, log building, making a tread from wool, blacksmithing, old toys and games, etc. This is very interesting for the kids as they get involved.
Later we went to the Court House and listened to the last part of a debate where Jefferson, Madison, and others discussed about whether education should be financed by the state government. It took place June 4th, 1781, when suddenly Jack Joilett came and told us that the British were coming. Jefferson, Madison, and other delegates left to avoid capture. We were told to leave immediately.
We watched an enactment of the British invasion of Charlottesville where Daniel Boone, was captured. Cannons and guns fired and it was really loud. A volunteer explained the stages of the battle.
On Sunday, the American troops were going to beat the British, but we didn''t attend that enactment. The cannons were so loud, I was kind of scared on Saturday.
We attended a non-denominational Thanksgiving church ceremony where Jefferson proclaimed that Thanksgiving was going to be celebrated at the same date in all states. George Washington and Patrick Henry were also attending the ceremony. The priests told us that we need to fight the British so that we won't be enslaved. The volunteers really acted their parts very good. I felt really special to observe the activities.
The best thing is that all of the events we attended were free.
From journal Historical Charlottesville