Friday, June 18, 2010

Colonial Times in the Present

We have been immersed in Colonial times lately. After going to "The Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island we went to Jamestown, VA - the first colony that "stuck". Home of Capt. John Smith and Pocahontas. We had an amazing ranger-led tour of the Jamestown Fort, and there was an archeological dig happening inside the fort-site. We were there at just the right time to hear the archeologist and students talk about all they had unearthed and discovered throughout the week. It inspired Adalaya and she now says that she wants to be "an archeologist instead of a scientist that works in a lab."
About 10 miles north of Jamestown is Williamsburg, where there is an entire colonial town propped with colonial merchants, farmers, politicians, slaves, etc. We saw Martha Washington and had coffee where Patrick Henry once did. And another 10 miles or so east is Yorktown, site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War. These three towns are all connected by the "Colonial Parkway", operated by the National Park Service.
And I want to say a special "Thank You!" to 4th Grade teacher, Mrs McKinney. Adalaya was able to tell me all kinds of details about the Lost Colony and the early colonial period which she learned over a year ago in 4th grade.

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