Cruising

Yorktown & Williamsburg

We arrived in Wormley Creek on a Sunday. A quiet, pretty setting with mature pines along the banks of the creek. We followed the channel off the York River, making sure to stay in the middle, and found only a couple of shallow spots that set off our 5 foot depth alarm.

Entrance from Wormley Creek to the York River

Entrance from Wormley Creek to the York River

View of Wormley Creek Marina from our slip

View of Wormley Creek Marina from our slip

View toward the York River

View toward the York River

We tied into our slip and connected to power, then looked around. The marina was quiet and well protected from the waves on the river. Our only problem was, even though only a couple of miles from downtown Yorktown and all the sights by boat. To get there by land we had to go out around the creek, which added 8 miles. It wasn’t long before we met and spoke with some other boaters that offered rides into town and to the grocery store.

Yorktown monument from a brocure

Yorktown monument from a brochure

We took some up on their offers and caught rides to the grocery store and then to Yorktown Battlefield Museum the next day. Thanks again Michael. There we learned how French and American forces under General Washington and Lieutenant General Jean-Baptiste Donatein de Vimeur de Count Rochambeau, helped to win the land battle and French warships commanded by a Count de Grasse stopped a squadron of English ships from attacking from the water. This siege and battle brought about the surrender of English General Cornwallis and the end of the Revolutionary War.

From the Battlefield Museum we took local trolleys into Yorktown, to the beach, the Yorktown Pub, and then onto the Freedom Museum. The Freedom museum shows how area residents and farmers lived. During the time after the revolution.

When we finished our tours we still had to get back to the marina and our boat. We used UBER . The independent driver service that is on-line based. It worked for us while in Hampton and now we hoped it would work again, and it did. Our driver picked us up and took us back to the marina for a reasonable price.

UBER opened us up for the next possible adventures, Colonial Williamsburg.

Selfie sent to the boys. Multi-pass

Selfie sent to the boys. Multi-pass

Colonial Williamsburg Day 1

Williamsburg Day 1 Schedule of events

Williamsburg Day 1 Schedule of events

Our driver picked us up at the marina about 9:30 and by 10 o’clock we were at the Williamsburg Visitor Center. Along the way our driver gave us facts about the area and some basic knowledge about Williamsburg itself.

After getting a view of the area we off loaded from the shuttle bus and walked into the past. Williamsburg was the Capital of Virginia while still an English colony. Colonial Williamsburg is a look into that era. We walked Botetourt street to the main street.

Lord Botetourt was governor of the Colony of Virginia from 1768-70

Lord Botetourt was governor of the Colony of Virginia from 1768-70

We found Print Shop, apothecary, jewelry, Bakery, Blacksmith, and Breeches Makers. Along with explanations of how shops were run in the 18th century there was also many items for sale.

Window shopping

Window shopping

Basket display

Basket display

General store

General store

By this time we were tired and thirsty and found a Tavern for a meal. The meal was served in a traditional 18th century setting with 18th century lighting. That means we sat in the wine cellar and had candles at each table.
I had Shrimp and Grits, Cynthia had Soup and Salad.

Our Tavern/Restaurant

Our Tavern/Restaurant

We stopped by a tailor’s shop that made breeches. Breeches were the leather pants worn by workers. They were compared to today’s jeans.

Breeches maker

Breeches maker

The desks and tables were by the window for light.

The desks and tables were by the window for light.

While watching the breeches demonstration this carpenter came into install a shelf.

While watching the breeches demonstration this carpenter came into install a shelf.

Through out the morning reenactors were on the streets. The actors either were part of an ongoing play about the beginnings of revolution. We were late for the revolution but did see some persons in dress and even a couple of soldiers with pointy hats.

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Hot and everybody gets a break once in a while

Hot and everybody gets a break once in a while

She was explaining the use of breeches

She was explaining the use of breeches while having a break and some water.

Preparing for the traditional pre-ride photo op

Preparing for the traditional pre-ride photo op

After diner we walked farther through the village passed the Court House, that was having a trial. The armory, lots of old guns, and the carriage concession. Rides are additional tickets and go fast, so if you want to go get your tickets early.

Coming into the livery area

Coming into the livery area

With sore feet we headed back to the visitor center to find a 21st century electrical plug to charge Cynthia’s phone and get another über ride back to the boat.

We spent the next day onboard recuperating and preparing for our next Williamsburg Adventure.

Always something to do on the boat.

Always something to do on the boat.

Colonial Williamsburg Day 2

Colonial Williamsburg Day 2

Colonial Williamsburg  Day 2

Another UBER ride to the Visitors Center. We pass through with our Multi-passes and head for the Shuttle.

“Oops! Sorry Dearest, I took us the wrong way. Here if we go the way you said in the first place we will get right to the shuttles.”

We took the shuttle directly to the Museums. With temperatures forecast into the mid 90’s, we decided that today would be spent indoors. Even though still part of the Colonial Williamsburg experience museums are air-conditioned.

There are a number of separate museums all enclosed in the same building. We began with a short trip to the old hospital or asylum, scary.

We joined a tour of the Folk Art area of the museum. Folk art covers many aspects, painting, carving, and even metal work. What makes a piece considered to be Folk Art is the painter, carver, or metal worker are not to have any formal training.

The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks

The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks

Most will recognize “The Peaceable Kingdom” by Edward Hicks. Hicks painted this subject about 60 times all with something just a bit different.

We saw paintings, quilts, wood carvings and weather vanes.20150730_124833 20150730_124941 20150730_125211 I was surprised that I enjoyed an exhibit of furniture and found a chair that was designed by Thomas Jefferson and built by a man named Hemings. After Jefferson’s wife had passed he had a paramour named Sally Hemings. The man named Hemings that built the chair was Sally Hemings brother. They were slaves.

There was a sections with dishes, silver plates and goblets and sections with musical instruments and toys.

Castle and container

Castle and container

Doll house furniture

Doll house furniture

Walking between exhibits. in an area of couches and soft easy chairs we passed these paintings.

018 016Having seen these before in magazines or books isn’t the same as the real painting. I was impressed.

We spent the entire day in the Museum. We remained cool but were worn out after the long day.

Back to the marina and home aboard Bright Angel to rest a bit and then move on to the next adventure.

During our sightseeing adventure we watched others as well. Here’s another family documenting their day at Colonial Williamsburg.

Everybody smile while I hold this big stick.

Everybody smile while I hold this big stick.

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