Sunday, September 2, 2007

East Coast Vacation

Red and I have returned from our week long vacation back to the Mid-Atlantic states. We visited what is known as the Historic Triangle, which includes Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestown, and the Yorktown Battlefield. We also visited George Washington's boyhood home, called Ferry Farm located in Frericksburg, VA. This is where we did some tour guided bird watching on the property. We then drove to New Jersey to visit relatives and participate in a family reunion. The following day we drove back south again to continue our vacationing historic areas. We managed to visit Annapolis, MD, Washington, DC, and Mt. Vernon, VA. And as usual, never enough time to visit everything we wanted to see. Nevertheless, we did enjoy our vacation and we have spent the last several days going through and editing our photos - a very time consuming activity. Red has posted about our flight to Richmond, VA and posted a few pix of our visit to Historic Jamestown.

Here are my photos (with comments) - sorry if some of them are repeats of what Red posted.

This is a view of the James River. As you may note, the weather was mostly cloudy, very warm and humid, quite muggy for most of our trip.This is a close-up of the sign seen in the previous photo. I think you can see an enlarged view of this by clicking on it. If you can see the enlarged view, you will note that there are quite a few archeological digs going on there in Jamestown. The most active one (photos below) was located between the Memorial Church and James Fort. Here is the sign regarding the most recent excavations. If you want to be able to read it, click on the photo to get an enlarged view.




Here is the statue of Pocahontas.

And here is Captain John Smith's statue.


These are views of the James River with a cannon (not sure if it is authentic or a replica) used to protect the people of Jamestown.
We saw this boat go by on the James River - is this a barge?

And this stone is a tribute to the original settlers from England (1607) given by the Society of Daughters of Colonial Wars (1928).


And this "house" is a research center which is private, not open to the public. I was so attracted to this building and its landscape I just had to post it. Not only is the building itself very attractive, but the lawn and the crepe myrtles around it were breathtaking.

13 comments:

KGMom said...

Sounds like an enjoyable and educational time! Hope it "restored" your spirits--which is what I think vacation should do.

LostRoses said...

Welcome back, Mary, sounds like you had a great time and saw a lot of different sights. Shame to waste that beautiful house on a research center, isn't it! Especially if it's not open to the public.

Mary C said...

Hi Donna - yes, the whole trip was educational and enjoyable, except for the humidity. I'll be posting more very soon.

Mary C said...

Thanks for stopping by, Lost Roses. I couldn't agree more about such a beautiful house and not being able to see the interior. Nonetheless, the exterior was so attractive and it seemed to invite one to take a picture of it. :)

RuthieJ said...

Hi Mary,
Welcome back! Sounds like you girls had a good time. Are you going to be showing more pictures from your trip in future posts?

Mary C said...

Hi Ruthie - Wouldn't you know you write a comment while I was working on my next post. Yes, Red (Heidi) and I will both be posting, and cross-posting about our trip. We had a great time, but it would have been even better if we would have had less hot and humid weather. Just like everyone else has been complaining about the heat and humidity lately, it's true, it zaps your energy. I know - whine, whine, whine.

Mary said...

It's been years since I've been to these places. Very historic, indeed!

You must have spent a lot of time on the road to cover an area so large. Must have been great.

Wren said...

Welcome home, Mary. You were walking in my old stomping grounds - I grew up in Fredericksburg and lived for a while in Williamsburg and Virginia near DC.

It is lovely, but none of the residents have ever figured out why it made sense to the original settlers to build in a swamp. Their descendants pay for it every summer.

Jessica Cherinka said...

I used to live in Virginia before I moved and I love the pics you took of Jamestown. I used to live in Yorktown. I hope you had a great vacation there!

Mary C said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Jessica. Yes, my daughter and I really enjoyed our vacation last summer. Our only complaint was the high humidity and temps which we are not used to. But it sure was fun visiting a lot of historical areas.

Anonymous said...

The boat you saw is the Jamestown/Surry ferry that takes cars across the river

Mary C said...

Anonymous, thank you very much for the identification of the boat that I had seen.

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