Friday, November 28, 2008

Jamestown

Once we finished day 1 in Williamsburg, we decided to make the trip over to Jamestown. It was much closer than we realized and it was well worth the time.

It was where Pocahontas lived in the Wampanoag village. It was incredible. We saw the homes inside and out. We were shown how to treat fur and make it into useable hide. We were shown how to make the grass rope used in every aspect of Indian life. Part of me thinks the girls would have moved in and lived there if they thought it was possible. They loved every part of it.

The ships were so amazing. We crawled in and out, up and down, around and around. They were in the process of making a canoe out of an huge log, and the girls were able to help scrape out charred wood with oyster shells. This is how it was done.

The fort was almost breathtaking. For real. The buildings, the dried tobacco, the thatched roofs, the gunpowder room, the cannons and the ballast areas. The armor left out for the kids to try on was awesome too.

I hope walking through history will forever be a part of their memory.

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2 comments:

Leslie said...

I am so jealous. I have always wanted to visit Jamestown. My class last year watched the series Colonial House from PBS. They were so much more interested watching real people try to recreate what the settlers did than they would have been reading about it in the test. Too bad we couldn't take a field trip! Glad you had fun...

The Cannon Chronicles said...

Oh girl, I am so jealous! I am loving all these trips back in history. I can't to hear more!