August 1, 2015
July 31, 2015
Skyline Drive is 105 mile long drive along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah National Park. It provides a number of overlooks with beautiful vistas of the mountains and valleys below, such as the one pictured. It is home to black bears, bobcats, deer, wild turkeys, and a wide array of wildlife. It offers hiking trails, waterfalls, picnic areas, camping sites, lodging, dining and more. The southern entrance to the park is about a two and a half hour drive from Williamsburg.
July 29, 2015
July 27, 2015
Many of the large colonial plantations were situated on the river, as it provided a quick and efficient means of transporting goods and people from place to place. This often resulted in two distinct entryways to the estate; one for land travel and one for the river. As in this photo, visitors from the river had a long walk through a series of gardens to reach the residence.
July 22, 2015
The statue of James Monroe, former William & Mary student and fifth president of the United States, was recently raised on campus near the Sunken Garden.
July 21, 2015
July 20, 2015
July 14, 2015
Snapped this shot in the basement of Berkeley Plantation about two minutes before the tour guide indicated indoor photography was not permitted. These items are in the basement; the main house was magnificent.
July 8, 2015
July 7, 2015
Berkeley Plantation is a short drive from Williamsburg and sits along a portion of the James River populated with colonial plantations. It was the home of Benjamin Harrison, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; birthplace of William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States; and, the family home of Benjamin Harrison, the twenty-third president of the United States. The first ten presidents all visited here. President Lincoln visited here when Union troops used it as an encampment on their way to Richmond.
In addition, the first Thanksgiving took place here in 1619 (sorry Pilgrims, but you didn't get here until 1620) and is the location where the military song, "Taps," was composed and first played during the Civil War. The Anglican priest who accompanied the settlers began to ferment Indian corn and developed bourbon whiskey here.
The grounds are beautiful and the tour is full of history from various eras.
July 6, 2015
The holiday weekend saw many visitors to the beaches and waterways around Williamsburg. This gaggle of geese shared this part of the James River with several speeding boats.
July 2, 2015
The Union Jack flies outside of this Colonial Williamsburg attraction signaling the exhibit is open to the public. It should see a great deal of traffic over the holiday weekend.
July 1, 2015
June 26, 2015
June 24, 2015
When you dine at the taverns in Colonial Williamsburg, entertainment is part of the fare. While this may look like a typical work situation in which one does all the work while the other fiddles around, each is doing her fair share.
June 23, 2015
June 22, 2015
Aside from the multitude of historical attractions and big amusements like Busch Gardens and Water Country, Go Karts Plus offers visitors a chance to drive a variety of "race cars" and ride carnival like rides.
June 15, 2015
In addition the roller coasters, Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers a glimpse a variety of wildlife, including wolves. The wolf enclosure is a large, wooded area where they can freely run, play and do what they want, while visitors watch safely from above. They also put on a show to educate the public about wolves.
June 14, 2015
The nursery at Colonial Williamsburg offers many garden items for purchase, from clay watering pots and garlic to baskets and seeds. Or, you can wander the garden and shop just for fun.
June 13, 2015
June 12, 2015
The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry offers free crossings of the James River. It is a great respite in the midst of most journeys. Recently, a young couple delivered their baby during the crossing. Maybe ferries, rather than storks, really deliver babies.
June 9, 2015
The marina at Yorktown is busy all summer with boats of all shapes and sizes. Its location on the York River and adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay makes it an ideal location. They are hosting the Hermione, a tall ship, but we have not been able to get away to see her.
June 8, 2015
June 7, 2015
June 5, 2015
The inner courtyard of the Gaol leads to the keeper's living quarters while the more ominous door to the left goes to the secured and spartan gaol cells. The facility held a wide array of villans, including some of Blackbeard's men.