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An October 2004 trip to Williamsburg by getawayguy

Yorktown Victory Center Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia More Photos
Quote: We were having a great time learning all about America's history and decided to stay for another week. There was too much to see and do in just one week. As a matter of fact, 2 weeks wasn't long enough, either. Oh, well, there's always next year.

One Good Week Deserves Another

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Fairfield Williamsburg Patriots' Place Resort Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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We had already seen Colonial Williamsburg and found it so fascinating that we spent three days there. We went to the Virginia Living Museum and loved it. With our intellectual appetites whetted, we were anxious to see some of the restored plantations along the James River that had played such an important role in the successful birth of our nation. There are more than a dozen to see. We chose three, including the Shirley Plantation, the Berkeley Plantation, and Westover. We also visited President Madison’s home, Montpelier, and Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. The Jamestown Settlement recreation was everything we hoped it would be. The Yorktown Victory Center was way m...Read More

Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Attraction | "The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse"

Cape Henry Lighthouse Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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We decided to drive to Virginia Beach to check out the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. It has a great history. In April 1607, after 4.5 months crossing the storm swept Atlantic Ocean, 144 weary Englishmen finally made landfall. They anchored their three ships in the protected waters of the bay and sent a small landing party ashore to plant a wooden cross in the sand and name the area Cape Henry, after the French King. About 3 weeks later, having moved on, they established the first permanent English Colony in North America at Jamestown, but this was the site where they first touched shore in the New World. It’s the same site where, 174 years later, a decisive sea battle known ...Read More

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Cape Henry Lighthouse
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Yorktown Victory Center

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Yorktown Victory Center Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The historic triangle formed by Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown is located on a 15-mile-wide Virginia peninsula. It was there, in 1607, that the first permanent English settlement was established in the New World. After enduring many hardships, the early colonists thrived in the colonial capitol of Williamsburg, Virginia. When the Seven Years War was ended by the 1763 Treaty of Paris, Britain tried several measures to raise money from the colonies to help pay the war debt. The colonists revolted and the rest, as they say, is history. It was that history that we wanted to learn more about when we planned our vacation. Originally, we thought the Yorktown Victory Center was just a monu...Read More

Jamestown Settlement

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Jamestown Settlement Powhatan Village. Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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While still under the rule of King James I, some English entrepreneurs formed the Virginia Company with the idea of becoming rich by sending three ships, the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, to the New World. After 4.5 months crossing the Atlantic, they landed on the banks of the James River in Virginia. One hundred and four men and boys then began to establish their new home, which they named Jamestown, in honor of their king. This site became the New World’s first permanent English settlement, 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. Today, Jamestown Settlement is located about a mile from the original site of Historic Jamestown. We spent several ...Read More
The Shirley Plantation  Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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With so much to see and do and so little time in which to do it, we felt that we could only spend 1 day visiting the James River plantations between Williamsburg and Richmond. With so many historical homes to pick from, it was very difficult to choose. We finally decided on three, including the Shirley Plantation, the Berkeley Plantation, and Westover. Since the Shirley Plantation, settled in 1613, is the oldest plantation in Virginia and the oldest family-owned business in North America, dating back to 1638, we decided to visit it first. Edward Hill I added Shirley to his nearby holdings in 1656. The present mansion was begun in 1723, when Elizabeth Hill, great-granddaughter of the firs...Read More
Berkeley Plantation  Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Our second choice to visit was the Berkeley Plantation, the site of America’s first official Thanksgiving. On December 4, 1619, 38 brave men arrived from Berkeley Parish in England to seek their fortunes in Virginia, just 12 years after Jamestown. They came ashore at Berkeley and gave thanks to God for a safe journey. Their instructions were: "Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God." Berkeley is Virginia’s most historic plantation. We were amazed at how wonderfully its condition has been maintained. The original mansion, built in 1726 of bri...Read More
Westover House facing the James River.  Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Our third choice was Westover, built about 1736, by William Byrd II (1674-1744). William was born in Virginia on his father's plantation, but was brought up in Essex, England, by his uncle Daniel Horsmanden, the Rector of Purleigh near Chelmsford, where he met his maternal grandfather, the formidable Colonel Warham Horsmanden, who for 20 years had been a member of the ruling council in Virginia. William attended Felsted Grammar School near Braintree for 9 years when Christopher Glasscock was its headmaster and then studied law at the Middle Temple. He was called to the Bar in 1695, served a short apprenticeship in Holland, and visited the Court of Louis XIV. In London, William was becoming known as...Read More