Each year our family takes a vacation. We find it necessary for us to go away from home and responsibilities to reconnect and spend uninterrupted time together. Most years we camp at a State Park, but this year we visited Williamsburg, Virginia. This was our children’s first time to visit the colonial city. We went during their homeschool event, so it was fun to see other families who choose to educate their children at home. I had been to Colonial Williamsburg twice before and was eager to share the interactive history with our children. There were not quite as many living history actors as I recalled, but we still enjoyed stepping back in time to the days when Williamsburg was the capital of the Virginia colony.
After touring, the Governor’s Palace and Everard House, we took part in a Court House drama. The court room was full, so we sat on the jury bench. Afterwards, the children had to try out some methods of punishment!
Some of the crafts and trades we observed included silver smith, wig maker, brick yard, cabinet maker, dress maker, shoe maker, black smith, and cook.
A fife and drum corp performance was followed by a cannon salute.
The next morning, we returned to the city. While visiting the vegetable gardens, the children were put to work hauling water from the well to a large barrel.
We toured the Capitol Building and the Public Gaol.
In the afternoon, we drove to the coast to swim in the Atlantic at First Landing. While we were there, we saw fins in the water. My first thought was “shark”; but after watching for quite a while, we were pretty sure they were dolphins. We watched several large ships go out to sea from the nearby naval base. There were quite a few horseshoe crab skeletons on the beach. Our oldest brought home a complete one.
The next day, we visited Jamestown Settlement where we toured the recreations of an Indian Village and James Fort and replicas of 1607 ships. The boys helped to raise the sail of one of the ships.
In the afternoon, we visited Yorktown Victory Center where we toured a Continental Army Encampment and a Farm. I enjoyed the vegetable gardens both at Yorktown and Williamsburg.
One evening, we did some shopping and were blessed to see a beautiful sunset. The colors were more brilliant than the picture can show.
Thanks to the Lord for safe travels and an enjoyable time together!
*Photos were taken by my husband, our oldest son, and me.