Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014-09-29 & 30

Yesterday, the 29h, we drove to the Jamestown Historical National Park. DSC03106. The Virginia Colony was settled in 1607 by a group of men from England’s Virginia Company.  The first thing we did was take a Guided Archeological Tour. We saw a circle in the dirt that the archeologist said was where a corner post of the 1608 James Fort had stood. DSC03112. It is exciting to be able to state that a post from 1608 had been in that hole. Bodies were dug up and iron crosses have been used to mark their location. DSC03117. Leaving the park, we saw some wildlife. DSC03119.


Today, the 30th, we toured the Yorktown Battlefield National Park. DSC03122.  The 17,600 man allied American, French an Prussian army defeated Lord Cornwallis and his English and Prussian army at the 1781 siege. We had a very informative Ranger led talk about the siege by this extremely demonstrative young Ranger. DSC03121. We followed the signs on the auto tour. DSC03125. Along the way we saw the restored Moore home where the articles of surrender were decided. DSC03127.  A Yorktown Victory Monument was authorized by the Continental Congress ten days after Cornwallis surrendered.  Of course the funds for the monument were not provided for 100 years. DSC03134. In 1956, the head had to be replaced, and they added a lightening rod to the top of the head.

Yorktown endured battles in two wars: once during the Revolutionary War; and again during the Civil War. There is a national Civil War Cemetery on the grounds of the Yorktown National Park. DSC03123.

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