We parked the car at Williamsburg, where there is an enormous visitor's centre, an even bigger car park, and several hotels out of sight behind the trees. Looked around the visitor's centre and asked some questions. Also spent a large-ish amount of money on books in the bookshop (no! really?). A really good guide book to tell you more about this area, one about women in the Civil War, and several others of interest.
Williamsburg, the original town, has been rebuilt as it was. Re-enactors live in the buildings, (those that are not open to the public, because of course behind that door is central heating and TV!) dress as they would have then, and go about their 1700's lives. You can look in on the tavern see men having a pipe and a pint, you can wander amongst them. It's a huge site though, and with gardens and farm land laid out, and blacksmiths and other trades there if you are really interested we were told it might take a couple of days to see it all. We were interested, but could not afford that much time. So we opted for Jamestown Island, the site of the original settlement. You can drive a figure of eight around this little island - but only at 15 mph, so it takes some time. And so it should. If like us, you go on a warm, sunny day in May, you will be lucky to meet a dozen cars in 2 hours. You will have your own taste of paradise - and that is what the early settlers believed they had found. Letters back to England record "heaven on earth" "great soil for farming" "truly paradise". The local North American Natives laughed behind their hands, for they did not live on this island. In the Spring it was glorious - but swampy areas are great for mosquitoes.... and mosquitoes bring sickness. However, the new settlers knew nothing of this, and started to build their homes and businesses.
loud!) It wasn't hard to imagine how those first settlers felt after months at sea.
|path to the shore|
|A perfect day|
|sitting in the 'burbs, waiting for Liz to come home....|
|Mr Mac and Lucca|