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2019 – Sightseeing George Washington’s Birthplace, Colonial Beach, VA


This National Monument is in Westmoreland County on Popes Creek at Colonial Beach, Virginia. The short film at the visitors center is an excellent start of the tour. We walked up a trail to the barn, checked out the farm workshop where a wide variety of equipment and hand tools are on display. The weaving room was closed but I could see spinning wheels through the window and a huge cauldron in the backyard. The kitchen is staged as though they are almost ready to serve a meal. A nearby colonial garden is full of herbs and flowers.

The original buildings had fallen into ruin but in the 1920s and 1930s the Wakefield Memorial Association with help from John D Rockefeller built a Colonial-Revival style home at the traditional birth sight. Tours are given by Park staff and our guide was excellent. We learned about the early life and relationships of Washington as well as those involved in creating this wonderful monument to our National Leader.


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2019 – Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails – Gloucester, VA


We last visited Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails, Gloucester, VA in 2013 and we were looking forward to this return visit. The campground didn’t disappoint and we had another nice stay. Really, not much has changed since my previous review, so I’ll just post a few more photos and let them speak for themselves.

The previous review is here.

I will mention that we were disappointed that the hot tub was out of order this visit. Also, there was some kind of electrical failure that impacted a couple of sections of the park, including the one we were in. We decided to leave a couple of days early rather than just change campsites.

All in all we enjoyed this second visit to Chesapeake Bay and recommend it.


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2019 – Sightseeing: American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, VA


The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, VA is a great place to refresh your memory and learn about the formation of our nation. Inside the Museum are galleries with dioramas, written and archeological information about the era, and movies and other multi-media telling the stories of both the Americans and the British during the struggle for freedom. I enjoyed the interactive exhibits and the videos. I especially liked the theater where I felt I was in the battle itself with smoke in the air and the feeling of the concussion of canon blasts.

Outside, we visited the Continental Army encampment with costumed soldiers and women who talked about their daily lives. We saw musket demonstrations and the firing of a cannon. We also toured a Revolution-Era farm with docents in costumes who talked to us about life on the farm. There is a farmhouse with separate kitchen, a tobacco barn with tobacco hanging in the rafters, and slave quarters.

We enjoyed our visit to the American Revolution Museum and came away with a greater appreciation for our heritage of freedom.


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