Day 3: June 4, 2005
A Dry Day



The first picture is of last night's resting place - the TDY Inn. I initially thought that it was the Tidy Inn and that the 'I' was missing from the first sign that I saw but not so. It's a bit east of Williamsburg and I can believe I can honestly recommend it. I had a two room suite with a kitchen area. It was reasonably priced and had wireless internet everywhere although it was difficult to get in my room. It was cloudy but dry when I left the motel. I decided to follow through on tentative plans to visit Jamestown and Yorktown.

These historic towns are linked with Williamsburg by something called the Colonial Parkway. Lined with trees and offering frequent views of water on the way to Jamestown, I knew I would like it as soon as I saw a "Commercial Traffic Excluded" sign. I was just a tad early for the opening of the Jamestown National Park and filled the brief delay by driving by a neighboring attraction: Jamestown Settlement although I took no photos. It is a living museum depicting the early life in Jamestown. It is not part of the National Park (i.e., separate admission fee). I decided to skip the settlement in the interest of time.

The park was open by the time I returned but the attendant suggested heading first to the Glasshouse since the visitor's center would not open until 9:00; About half an hour away. The Glasshouse area includes the excavated ruins of ovens from the 1608 endeavor and a working glass blowing operation. Items made here are for sale in the gift shop.

The tall obelisk was erected in 1907 to commemorate the three-hundredth anniversary of Jamestown's founding. Less than half a century before the monument went up, the area was visited by the American Civil War. Labels on the exposed soil read "CONFEDERATE EARTHWORK - 1861", "PRE-CIVIL WAR PLOWZONE", and "JAMES FORT PERIOD 1607-1624". This statue of Pocahontas is near the church which can be entered through the 1671 brick tower; The only structure remaining from the 17th century. The statue of John Smith stands near the water.

Many of the Jamestown buildings are outlined in bricks as can be seen in the foreground of the last picture. These are not actual 17th century foundations. But I took this particular picture not because of the bricks but because of what is on the other side of the fence. The young deer was right next to the fence when I first spotted it. I paused for a picture then started slowly forward. I took just a couple of steps before the deer bolted.

Next I drove to the other end of the Colonial Parkway to Yorktown where this collection of Mopar muscle was parked near the visitor's center. For the curious among you, the yellow Dodge Coronet holds a 383 and there is a 440 in the Charger beyond the pair of Vipers. The visitor's center includes a small museum, movie theater, and an overlook from which I took the battlefield picture. The Victory Monument is also visible from that overlook but I got a closer look before starting the well marked driving tour.

Yorktown was besieged in two different wars. In 1781, British troops were attacked and defeated by a combination of French and American soldiers. French ships also played a major role in the battle. In 1862, Confederates pulled out in the face of overwhelming Union troops. There are 2183 soldiers, both Union & Confederate, buried here but all but 747 of them are unknown. A sign nearby explains that what is now a road leveling cut was done the old fashioned way - nearly three centuries of wear. Like the cars in the first photo, the subject of the last photo has nothing to do with the area's history.

When I first thought about this trip, I thought that I might be able to connect with Wes & Dee Holt in Richmond. Faithful readers may recall that I first met Wes & Dee in 2003 as we waited to cross the Chain of Rocks bridge. Last year I met up with Wes in Cincinnati on his way home from the Springfield, IL, Route 66 Festival. My fluid schedule got me here while the Corvette Club of Richmond's annual show was in full swing. It prevented me from spending a lot of time with Wes & Dee but was pretty cool in its own right. A few of the winners are pictured here and include Dee's 1995 C4. The C5 AE they drove to St Louis is considered Wes's so Dee just got her own 'Vette. My strange pose is because I'm trying to keep my "bib" from falling off. It's an event shirt from the Holts.

Getting through Richmond's traffic was not exactly fun but once out of the city US-60 became two lane and pretty. Just before Amherst these buildings caught my eye. They are a mile or so apart and on different sides of the road. Could either or both have been early gas stations?

I'll end the day's report like I started it - with a motel picture. This is my Amherst home.

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