Last weekend we took a little road trip to Williamsburg, Virginia.
The trip from Columbus was only about 8 hours, which was not bad at all! If it wasn’t for Luke’s golf we wouldn’t have decided to pull the trigger on the trip with the kids being so young, but golf has taken our family to lots of places we normally wouldn’t travel to, and it’s been great!
We loaded up our minivan last Thursday morning, stock full of library movies, snacks and iPads and headed Southeast for Virginia.
Our Homeschool studies this year fit in perfectly for this trip, as we’ve spent a good portion of the start of this year learning about the Pilgrims, Native American Indians and early Colonial Settlers. My kids are completely enamored with Alexander Hamilton, thanks to the Disney + showing of the Broadway musical. So George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette are all names they are very familiar with.
Luke played in a 2-day tournament at Golden Horseshoe Country Club in downtown historic Williamsburg. He also had a practice round, for 3 total tee times and 9 hole rounds. When we weren’t golfing, we were exploring! After his Friday practice round, we soaked up the 70 degree sun and walked the streets of Colonial Williamsburg. We stopped at Josiah Chowning’s Tavern to eat a quick bite. I even enjoyed the very best Hot Toddy I have ever had in my life! The food was Thanksgiving Feast, Colonial style…. we all enjoyed it.
After our bellies were full, we walked the brick and cobblestone streets of Williamsburg. Stopping at stores, petting baby calves, and admiring the horse and carriages. Eden really wanted to go for a buggy ride, but they were sold out for the day. We didn’t do any of the paid living history stops the first day, mainly because we got a late start after our meal, but if we make it back that is one thing I really want to see.
The next day, Luke had an early tee time and then we loaded up to make the 10 mile trip to Jamestown. We had a lot more time on Saturday for exploration, so we bought the day passes which gave us access to the museum, ships and outdoor living tour. The kids actually really loved the museum learning about the early settlers and watching their homeschool storybooks come to life.
The ships were a big hit and probably what the kids will remember the most about the trip. Along with the Native American Indian bow and arrow demonstration and musket shooting. Eden even asked me if she could get their autographs, haha.
The kids all insisted on purchasing bow and arrows and wooden rifles before we left Jamestown. If we were to come back, I don’t know if we’d do Jamestown again. It was wonderful and so fun to see, but I think once you see it you’ve seen it. We might try to come back to explore it when the kids are bit older and interested in the living history.
All in all, I can’t rave enough about this trip. If you live anywhere near Colonial Williamsburg it is really worth seeing. I would love to take the kids to Monticello one day and see Yorktown.
But until then, we have fond memories of the sights, smells and sounds of beautiful Colonial Williamsburg + Jamestown, Virginia.