Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg
We started off the day by going to Jamestown. First, we visited the Native American’s village. There we saw how they used the natural resources around them to survive. Then we visited the replicas of the first three ships that come to the Jamestown settlement. While there we took a quick tour of Susan’s Constant, the cargo ship, and were given a lesson in knot tying. Next we travelled to the Fort of the first English settlers. At this site, we saw a musket getting shot and visited the church and a storage building. After our trip around the settlement, we went into the visitor’s center and got a firsthand glance of the three cultures that thrived in Jamestown: African, English, and Native American.
After a quick lunch, we made our way to Colonial Williamsburg. We were given the opportunity to explore on our own, as our groups, so that we could make connections to our topics. Our group decided to visit the Playbooth first. At the Playbooth, we were taught the importance of theatre in 18th century life. We then decided to stop in the courthouse. We went there because it was the original building and we saw how this connected with our main topic of conservation. After this the whole group joined together to take a tour of the Capitol Building. This was a tour that explained how it came to be and the many renovations that took place. We thought that this really connected to conservation because through rebuilding the Capitol Building, they preserved the integrity of the building and the town.