America’s Historic Triangle

Welcome to Virginia!  We couldn’t have chosen a better place to spend a few days than in this historic triangle.  The York River is to the north and the James River to the south.  The points that form the triangle are Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown.

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World established in 1607.  We saw a reproduction of a Native American village,

Outside Hut Jamestown
Powhatan village as it was adjacent to Jamestown
Indian Hut Jamestown
Inside a Powhatan hut

a fort that was recreated and recreated ships that carried over the original settlers.

Jamestown
Recreated Jamestown settlement

 

Patriot Soldier with Musket
Jamestown era patriot soldier

Close by is Historic Jamestown which is run in partnership with the National Park Service.  This is the actual location of the original settlement.  They have recreated the fort based on the locations of the poles found in archaeological digs.  We also went on a tour led by a park ranger giving us so much valuable information.  There are current archeological digs sites everywhere on the property and they are uncovering the past even as I write!

Jamestown-Old Church Site
Historic Jamestown archaeological site. This is where the settlement actually was.

They haven’t announced it yet but the ranger gave us a clue that they may have found the long sought after final resting place of Lord De La Warr AKA Thomas West.  He was considered the savior of the English Colony  when in 1610 they were starving and ready to give up.  He eventually became the Governor of the Colony of Virginia and is the namesake for the state of Delaware.

Jump ahead to over 100 years to the next area which is Colonial Williamsburg.

Williamsburg
Historic Williamsburg

It has 55 original structures filled with everything you can imagine about colonial life.  We learned how they made shoes, worked leather, healed sickness, printed newspapers, and so much more.  All the people that work here are either apprentices or skilled craftsmen and women.  They really know what they are doing.  We listened the George Washington discuss the upcoming war, Thomas Jefferson talk about slavery, and the Virginia House of Burgesses planning for independence right before the Revolutionary War.

Williamsburg Historic Courthouse
Williamsburg federal courthouse in the original location. Home to the Virginia House of Burgesses

We even went to a trial of one of the crew of the pirate Blackbeard.  So much fun!  Maybe you have to be a 5th grade teacher to really appreciate it, but even Mike liked this place.Williamsburg Carriage

Finally we ended in Yorktown, the site of the last big battle of the Revolutionary War.  Again we were fortunate to have a guided tour of the Second Siege Line.

Yorktown Cannons
Yorktown Battlefield second siege line
Yorktown Cannon
Part of the Yorktown second siege line with the battlefield in the backround

I had no idea what a second siege line even was when we started–I learned a lot.  Basically it is the trenches the soldiers dug when they were holding the British in Yorktown.  They started further out and just started blasting the town.  Eventually, they were able to move closer and this is called the second siege line!  It took 1500 soldiers digging all night long and it is impressive to see.  The volunteer also talked a lot about the contributions of the French to this battle–I never realized how big their role was in this victory.  The historic triangle is a must-see for history buffs.  We barely scratched the surface but set the tone for our next destination:  Washington DC.

 

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  1. Thank you, Kris & Mike. I look forward to each installment of your epic journey.

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  2. mrs. imhof, can you list some very inportant roles the french played??? 😀

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    • Well, they brought ships into the Bay and fought the English ships that were there. They damaged the English ships and so they took them and moved them up the coast to be repaired. This left Cornwallis without any ships and no way to escape by sea. Then the French sent men in to help fight on the ground. There were two areas that needed to be taken and the French men took one of the areas and the Americans took the other. These are just a couple examples–

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  3. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! WOO HOO VA!!!!🤩🦄😱🤣😻👍👐🙌😲😍😆😁👧🤪🤭🤯

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  4. ssssssooooooooooooooo much!!!!! :O

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  5. ssssssooooooooooooooo much!!!!! 😮

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  6. So Elisa is the one who researched Virginia? It might have been better if you guys left earlier on your trip so that some students could get more information and pictures about their state. That means that you could also get credits.

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