Williamsburg, Part Three – Yorktown

So, for the last two days, I have blogged about our adventure to Williamsburg. I’ve written about the Powhatan Resort where we stayed while we were there. I have covered our trip to the Jamestown Settlement and everything that we got to see at that location. Today, I’m going to take a look at Yorktown.

For those of you reading who might not be familiar with Yorktown, I suggest that you pick up a history book and do some reading to get caught up with our country‘s history so you can better understand the place that we visited. For those of you who are familiar and know that the revolutionary war essentially ended here you will probably find this place to be as fascinating as we did.

The American Revolution Museum was at this location. It consisted of three different pieces. The first was the actual museum which housed many relics and descriptive elements of the American Revolutionary War. The separate location was a Revolutionary War-style soldier encampment. And, the third location was a farm that would have existed during the time of the Revolutionary War. We were able to visit all three of these locations.

The first thing we did upon arrival was visit the museum. They had a movie that they showed every half hour or so about the emotions that were driving American people to revolt against Britain. The rest of the time in the museum was spent looking at displays from the war, pictures of soldiers, statues representing various points of the war as well as quotes and other bits of information that have been collected from that time.

Outside of the museum and set just off to the side of the building was a re-creation of a colonial-era soldier encampment. At this location, my children were able to enlist in the militia, examine the medical tools to the doctor reviews on soldiers during that time, and assist in loading and firing a cannon as they would in the war.

The last place that we visited there was a Revolutionary War era style farm. For those of you reading this who are from Illinois, you might be familiar with something like this if you have ever been to Lincoln Log Cabin outside of Charleston. It is a working farm that they are currently in the process of getting ready for planting.

All in all, this was a good day. I feel like both of my children enjoyed the Jamestown Settlement location better than Yorktown. However, Caleb did say that his favorite part was being able to help fire the cannon.

Life is strange. Live it well.

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