Williamsburg & Yorktown, VA
August 2002

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First in Williamsburg. Here is Tara pointing at the Capitol building on the cool map

The Williamsburg Visitor's Center. Now you know why the daily ticket costs $33

Waiting in the courtyard to hear Thomas Jefferson speak

Thomas Jefferson taking one of his many bows

Thomas Jefferson holding the hand of some squatter from the western territories

Long shot back to the governor's palace

The inner garden of the palace

And more (these pictures don't do it justice)

And more, specifically some of the hedgework

Another topiary shot

In the palace's (heavily remodeled) basement

The stairs leading out of the basement

Tara peeking out of the stairs you just saw

Happiness in the garden

Great front shot of the governor's palace

This is a shot looking from the governor's palace, down the main fairway

In front of the church, looking down main street

And looking the other way

Inside the church, during the mini-service they have at noon


And another

One more, looking from the altar back outside

Happiness in the church courtyard, next to a freaky tree

More of the courtyard/graveyard. Imagine how spooky this place would be at night

Side shot of the church steeple from the courtyard

Home Depot circa 1769

A couple cool and very friendly draft horses

Now over to nearby Yorktown, VA. This is at the French battlement memorial

Same cannons, but from a different angle

The Yorktown Victory Monument. This thing is huge. For those who are rusty on their history, Yorktown is considered the pivotal battle in the revolutionary war, and is where Cornwallis surrendered to Washington. While it wasn't the final surrender to end the war, it was a blow the British couldn't recover from. Apparently the statue on this monument was hit by lightning and replaced once.

Yorktown Victory Monument plaque

A deer buck grazing happily very close to us. How close?

This close. Did I mention that we were actually upwind from them too?

The grave of revolutionary war general and signer of the Declaration of Independence, General Thomas Nelson Jr. This is something you don't see everyday

According to history, this cave is where Cornwallis hid during the seige of Yorktown. Some locals apparently decided to decorate it in a modern "7-11" motiff

Same cave, but now you see it's barred off. Of course, that doesn't stop cups and bottles

Outside the cave

This is from the end of a pier on the York river, looking back toward the monument way in the background

On the roof of the Yorktown Visitor's Center. Anyone with even a hint of revolutionary war buff in them can't help but get some chills here. This is the very place where the world was changed forever. The signs you see point out various battlements around the battlefield

A "redoubt" is basically a patch of ground, sometimes dug down a bit like a foxhole, protected by a ring of sharpened logs

Conversely, a battery is where artillery (cannons) were fired from

Looking toward British redoubt #9

And here's the main French battery to the right

Here we see some reenactors preparing a cannon for firing later during a presentation

And again, the victory monument keeps us in perspective. For reference, the pier the other shot was taken from is to the right of the monument in this shot

Gloucester Point is across the York river. Cornwallis was going to retreat to there during the seige, but weather prevented him from doing so. Just one more small thing that went our way that day. Who knows what would have happened if Cornwallis had escaped

The York river is over there, really it is

Happiness on the roof of the Yorktown Visitor's Center

The reenactors about to fire the cannon (they are ramming it now)

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