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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Williamsburg

Alan and I went to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Friday and Saturday. I've been wanting to go for ages, and I know that we will not be taking many big trips for the near future, so we decided to take a small one. I was so excited, but personally I didn't think Williamsburg was worth the hype. It's a lot like Greenfield Village for those of you that have been there, but all about colonial America. I know that the buildings at Greenfield Village were brought to Michigan, but I think I like the fact that the structures have a large amount of significance. Several examples, There are structures pertaining to Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers there. I realize that at Williamsburg, all structures are in their original locations, and that they do have some significance, but to me, I like the fact that when you visit Greenfield Village, almost everyone has heard of the residents of the buildings. This is totally odd coming from me too, since you would think that I would love everything about Williamsburg since it's associated with England. Maybe it was the heat, I dunno.

By the way, I really don't recommend spending all day walking in 90 degree weather when you're pregnant. So not fun! And I'm going to Disneyworld in less than 2 weeks...whose idea was it to go to Florida in June anyway? I may spend my frist trip to Disney in the house with the a/c the entire time.

But, I digress. Back to our weekend. We went to Jamestown on Saturday, which I enjoyed so much more. It was still ridiculously hot, so who knows, maybe it was the ambiance of Williamsburg? We went to both Historic Jamestown and Jamestown Settlement, one owned by the NPS and the other by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jamestown Settlement is a reconstruction of the fort, a Powhatan village and the ships that brought the colonists to America. It was seriously cool to explore the structures, and especially go on the ships. They were so much smaller than I expected. Makes me glad to be alive in the time period that I am because I don't know if I could deal with those conditions!

After the settlement, we drove over to Historic Jamestown, which is the archaeological site of the fort and town that eventually developed. It was seriously cool. We explored the site of the fort, spent some time along the James River and checked out the museum which has some artifacts from the fort. Unfortunately, we didn't walk down to the site of the town, which I would have liked to do. It was just too hot and I was exhausted.

But, since we left earlier, that meant that we got to spend more time with Shanna, John and their adorable new baby girl, Breanna. We met them for dinner on our way back to PA since we were driving almost right past their house. It was good to see them, and Breanna is so cute.

It was a good weekend, I just wish that I didn't feel so tired all the time!

1 comment:

  1. Umm..ya blame going in June on Me & Mom! :) Haha - and just be thankful that you're not further along and going to Florida! I was 4 months pregnant during summer time in 2004 when Jay was born! It's terrible! And I will NOT let you stay in the house the entire trip...nope...not happening!!

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