We have now been to Williamsburg , VA three times and each time has been a different experience. The first trip was a week long excursion seeing many sites. Our second trip was on the way to Washington DC so we revisited Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg. This recent trip was a short two day journey while my husband attended a conference. Short , but definitely sweet and delightful because we all needed a break from our regular schedule.
We had a cozy evening upon arrival . Our tradition whenever we stay in a hotel is to watch Full House. Don’t ask me why—on one of our journeys the show came on and the kids fell in love with it. Satellite television does not exist in our house so apparently Full House has become a “treat” on travel. We also ordered delicious Italian delivery to complete our pajama TV fest.
The next day was our only full day to explore the area. An ice storm threat squashed my plans for an educational day of fun in Colonial Williamsurg…..or so I thought! I decided to roll with the day and see what would unfold. To my surprise a day full of learning occurred .
Breakfast turned out to be more than pancakes and eggs. The placemats were maps of Virginia. The maps also included list of presidents from the state and information about Virginia. Capital, State Flag, State Bird, Map, History……yes! A homeschooler’s dream! In addition, each table had a Remember When book read. We had the 1970s. More history! The kids found it amusing to read about the decade I was born in and they had to ask for unsused map placemats to take home because they thought the maps were so cool!
Colonial Williamsburg Visitors Center
Due to the weather we could not walk around Williamsurg. I remembered how much we loved the Visitor’s Center but we are usually rushed and miss looking at many of the items. Inside there are two big shops. One is a gift shop full of souvenirs . The other is a book store that has an enormous selection of historical books, books of other genres, maps and other treasures. One side of this store is a miniature art store featuring works of local artists. My kids were in historical heaven.
We read about Pieces of Eight and Virginia money in the kids section.
We took pictures of books we wanted to look up at the library when we got home.
My son loved looking at the artwork and maps. This was his favorite map he wants to find on Amazon. The battle picture created a lot of discussion about winter and scarcity of warm clothing during the Revolutionary War. It was a moving picture that visualized what we have read in the past.
He chose to purchase this 8 x 10 by a local artist because he “loved the use of colors and the old historical building.” Art!! Check! They added up their purchase with sales tax. Math! Check!
My husband finished with his conference late afternoon so we decided to drive to Yorktown. We have been to the battlefield but have not explored the town. By this time it was beginning to sleet so we took our own driving tour . We love looking at the colonial homes and reading the historical markers. I asked the kids what they remembered about the battle of Yorktown. A conversation began to unfold while sightseeing.
View of York River in the rain
We finished the evening with dinner and relaxation. My husband took the boys to the indoor pool while I hung out with my daughter. We watched Full House (surprise!), giggled and talked in our comfy bed.
Thanks to my husband we were able to get away for a couple days. Learning is such a part of our life, which allows us to create meaningful experiences wherever we go. We are passionate learners!
Ride home reading material by local author Bentley Boyd:
We love the Williamsburg area! If you have the time then make sure you check out everything the Williamsburg area has to offer: