Days 16 & 17: Yorktown, Williamsburg, Jamestown

We woke up, showered, and packed up our camping supplies. We drove a little over an hour to the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center where we watched a film before doing a CD guided auto tour. We enjoyed learning about the Siege of Yorktown and just how important it was to winning the war. We ate lunch at the Yorktown Pub and walked around downtown for a while. Afterward, we visited the Victory Monument before heading to Williamsburg KOA to stay the night. We built a fire and played some cornhole nearby while waiting for the optimal hot-dog-cooking coals. We decided we would try sleeping in the back of the car again so we could pack up and leave quickly the next morning. We cleared out part of the back of the car and rolled out our pads and sleeping bags. We were out of range of the camp’s wifi so we watched a show we had downloaded. We soon found out that, after two nights in a row of camping in a tent, the back of the car was extremely uncomfortable.

We awoke the next morning so stiff we could hardly move. Our arms had fallen asleep and flopped listlessly by our sides. We did manage to leave fairly early and arrived at Williamsburg shortly after it opened. When we walked into the visitor center we were not sure if we were in the right place as we were greeted by a bearded woman. This woman put many a men’s beards to shame. Myles was envious and disgusted at the same time. She gave us the tickets, and we double checked them to make sure that they were indeed for Colonial Williamsburg. We visited and toured most of the main attractions throughout the town. We particularly enjoyed seeing the craftsmen and the Capitol Building. If there’s one thing we have learned so far on this trip, it’s that fire seems to have touched almost every historic building in some way or another. Sometimes only a room or floor would catch fire. Sometimes the entire building would burn to the ground. The Capitol building, for example, has burnt down twice in its history.

While there, we also visited the colonial building known as Bassett Hall which was the Rockefeller’s home in the 1930’s and 40’s. Our tour guide was very thorough – almost too much so. She had a story for seemingly every painting or item in the house. And the house was absolutely packed with them. An hour and a half later, we finished the tour and moved on to see Historic Jamestowne. We walked around for a while and read about the early settlement. By this time, it was getting late, so we drove to Richmond, VA and found a hotel room.

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