Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 1 mile roundtrip at each site; gently sloping terrain; gravel, shell, grassy paths; quite a bit of standing; few places to rest; steep, narrow gangplanks to board ships.
Start the day with a Southern style breakfast buffet offering choices including eggs, breakfast meats, grits, hot and cold cereals with toppings, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, seasonal fruit, and a variety of breads with milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll board the motorcoach for our field trip to Jamestown Settlement. This was the first permanent English settlement in North America, founded in 1607, and the capital of the Virginia colony for more than 80 years. Walking with knowledgeable docents (well-trained volunteers), we’ll see reconstructions of an Indian village, a fort, and sailing ships. Imagine what it was like back then when there was no electricity, no running water, and none of the comforts and conveniences we take for granted. Especially for kids: We’ll explore interactive museum exhibits — designed for kids — that show why Jamestown was founded, the impact the settlers had on local Powhatans (Native American Indians), and how the first Africans were brought here. We’ll also take part in classroom activities where we’ll be able to handle reproduction artifacts and dress up in colonial clothing. We’ll then have some time to explore independently.
At the Jamestown Settlement Café, we’ll have boxed lunches with sandwiches that appeal to both adults and kids plus a sweet and beverage.
Next, we’ll transfer to Jamestown Island and explore the site of the first permanent English colony in North America. Led by a local expert, the field trip includes an exploration of the Visitor Center galleries, a marvelous introductory film, and the Archaearium (Archaeology Museum) where artifacts from the unearthed original fort are displayed. Depending on the site schedule, we may have the opportunity to observe ongoing archaeological work at the original fort site. Especially for kids: We’ll be able to look through the floor in the Archaearium museum to see the excavated State House and the artifacts that came out of the ground we just visited. And then, of course, there are the skeletons! We’ll then ride back to the hotel.
At the hotel
To cap off our busy day, an amazingly talented musician, dressed in period clothing, will demonstrate musical instruments of the colonial era, some of them familiar and others surprising.